Cardboard City, an interactive documentary, will hold its World Premiere at the 54th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) at Lincoln Center on October 1st. Directed by Kiira Benzing of Double Eye Productions, and produced by Stina Hamlin and Alyssa Landry, Cardboard City is part of the NYFF “Convergence” program, which offers an array of immersive experiences that redefine cinematic storytelling.
Cities are in a constant state of flux, waxing and waning along with their populations. Many consider these cycles of growth and decline part of the appeal of urban living, but change has consequences for those not able to keep up. Such is the case with the subjects of Cardboard City, a community of artists forced out of their Gowanus studios due to skyrocketing rents and runaway development. Blending virtual reality, augmented reality, and user-generated content, the piece is a hands-on interactive installation that uses these artists’ stories as a jumping-off point, before inviting viewers to become creators and add buildings, memories, and stories to an ever evolving cityscape.
Cardboard City can be viewed at the NYFF October 1st and 2nd, from 12:30 - 5:30 PM at The Elinor-Bunin Munroe Center, 144 West 65th Street. Admission is free. The total experience time is 30 minutes.