New York

  • Where: New York City
    When: March 8, 2015

    Sundance Film Forward collaborates with the Jacob Burns Film Center for a special one-day program on Innovations in Social Storytelling featuring the film We Are the Giant (Greg Barker, Director) and New Frontier project 1979 Revolution (Navid Khonsari, Video Game Designer and Vassiliki Khonsari, Executive Producer).

    Schedule Of Events

    Sunday. March 8

    3:00pm: 1979 Revolution Workshop (private)
    A presentation and demo of the video game 1979 Revolution with game designer Navid Khonsari, who helped create Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and more and Executive Producer Vassiliki Khonsari. 1979 Revolution is an episodic action/adventure game that immerses players into the gritty, euphoric streets of Tehran during the revolution as they become a young photojournalist navigating the revolution.  The workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of the creation process from conception to current state, as well as provide an immersive experiment for participants - unpacking the process of building a story with multiple branching possibilities. There will also be opportunity for a few participants to play the game. 

    7:00pm: We Are The Giant (free and open to the public)
    Director Greg Barker will be in attendance for a discussion following the film.
    Jacob Burns Film Center 
    364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570 

    Following the screening, Barker will be joined by 1979 Revolution creator and video game designer Navid Khonsari and executive producer Vassiliki Khonsari to discuss new mediums for impactful storytelling, explore the theme of revolutionaries and share their motivations behind the creation of their social and political films. Moderated by Charles Melcher, Founder & Director of the Future of StoryTelling.

    Audience members who wish to attend the free screening and demonstration, please RSVP to Lori Zakalik at [email protected] with your first and last name and the subject line “Sundance Film Forward Event.”

  • Program Collaborators

    Jacob Burns Film Center
    The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community.

    Additional Supporters:

    1979 Revolution is supported by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Program and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts’ Doris Duke New Frontier Fellowship.


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