Virtual Reality Pavilion at NCFF

Last year, to rave reviews, we launched a VR Festival within the Film Festival. People traveled across the state to see the very best in VR. This year we’ve raised the bar and are bringing VR to all of Nevada County (well, most of it!).

The VR Pavilion located at Festival HQ, Miners Foundry features VR experiences from the world’s top VR creators on Facebook/Oculus VR and HTC Vive, plus live Tilt Brush demonstrations on the HTC Vive by visual artists, workshops and panel discussions, DJs and a common area for creatives to meet up, hang out, and talk about their next project!

The VR Pavilion
Festival HQ, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
Hours: Friday, September 8, 5pm-10pm Saturday, September 9, 3pm-11pm
Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased here.

VR Trucks Coming to a Location Near You!

We’ve partnered with Exit Reality VR to have their VR trucks stopping throughout Nevada County before and during the festival for individuals to experience VR for the first time. Stop by one of the locations below for a complimentary experience!

Thursday, September 7
11:30-1:30 @ Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City
2:30-4pm @ The Union Newspaper, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley
4:30-10pm @ The Stone House, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City

Friday, September 8
9-11am @ BriarPatch Co-Op, 290 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley
12-2pm @ Sierra College, 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley
6-8pm @ Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
8-10pm @ The Stone House, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City

Saturday, September 9
9am-1pm @ Nevada City Farmers Market @ Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Parking Lot
3-5pm @ Ol Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City
5:00-10:00pm @ Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

***times and locations are subject to change

VR Pavilion Schedule

Student Workshop with VR Artist Wesley Allsbrook
Sat, Sept 9 @ 11am-Noon, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

We are honored to present a special student workshop with leading VR artist Wesley Allsbrook, one of the creators behind Dear Angelica. From Emmy Award winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive, illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.

All The Feels Dance Party w/Jumpsuit Records DJ’s Scott Nice and Ryan Herr plus VR Artists Galactic Gallery and Ryan McVay
Sat Sept. 9 @ 9pm, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, $15
Tickets HERE

Scott Nice
Northern California producer Scott Nice brings the listeners mind and heart into a flowing adventure through world music colors, sounds of the jungle, and dance music aesthetics. This is art rooted in indigenous cultures and traditions; the vibrations find a home in nature’s resplendent environs. Nice, a former turntablist who has logged time in the skateboard and snowboard industries, returned to making music with a newfound clarity and focus following health challenges that saw him stop making music for an extended period. Through inner journey and personal triumph, Nice has arrived at an exotic cross-section of styles, yet maintains a sound all his own.

In 2016 Jumpsuit Records released Scott’s freshman album ‘All the Wild Creatures’ and in 2017 the follow up EP ‘One Under the Sun’. Both albums feature collaborations with funky co-inspirator The Polish Ambassador. Scott has been a featured producer and remixer on many Jumpsuit Records releases including Ayla Nereo, Wildlight and The Polish Ambassador albums.

Ryan Herr
Multi instrumentalist, composer, and producer, Ryan Herr, has been weaving his mix of live and electronic music for festivals, retreats and events throughout the world for nearly 20 years. He has a diverse and dynamic background of musical genres and styles and has been creating music for yoga, dance, film, and meditation. He focuses much of his musical attention to the medicinal aspects of music and dance and always incorporates a heavy dose of improvisation into his live sets. In recent years he has been recording and performing with artists such as Shaman’s Dream, The Polish Ambassador, Wildlight, Ayla Nereo and SaQi to name a few.

Explorations Into VR

Local VR developers Galactic Gallery will be posted up in the pavilion demonstrating their innovative immersion experience using the HTC VIVE VR platform, SUBPAC, and headphones. The experience takes viewers on a journey through art from some of the world’s top visionary artists. Additionally, Galactic Gallery co-creator Zach Krausnick will give a brief talk on Saturday Sept. 9 at 9pm in the VR Pavilion, the theme being “Explorations Into VR.”

Krausnick, who has worked in the VR field making games and bespoke visual performance pieces is the lead concept designer and programmer for the project. David Starfire is a music producer/DJ that is known for his electronic world fusion and is the sound designer and music composer for the project as well as concept ideas.

Live Art – Ryan McVay of Ellu Gallery

Among the artists who will be a part of the VR display will be Ryan McVay, a visual artist who has been described as “The Modern American Surrealist.” While versed in many mediums, including glass and wood, his paintings are gaining international attention for their fresh approach in a diverse array of motifs. In preparing for the exhibition, McVay says, “Exploring VR has my head spinning with excitement and new challenges, I feel as if I am trying to paint floating in the fifth dimension while deep in a tai chi meditation.”