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Posted on Fri 24 Apr 2015


Door Into The Dark wins at Tribeca

Studio residents Anagram have won the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award for their extraordinary immersive documentary, Door Into the Dark.

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Verity McIntosh

Verity is a Senior Lecturer in Virtual and Extended Realities at UWE Bristol.

Studio residents Anagram have won the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award for their extraordinary immersive documentary, Door Into the Dark

Our huge congratulations go to creators Amy Rose and May Abdalla and their whole team who were invited to bring the show to Tribeca Storyscapes for the first showing for Door Into The Dark in the U.S.. It completely sold out, generated fantastic word of mouth and a substantial waiting list for an expected return to the States.

The press has been amazing, from the front page of the New York Times Arts Supplement to Indiewire "Now this is how to do immersive storytelling…" and The Verge which said "Door into the Dark was like encountering a foreign country, using a language I’ve lived with for years but will never quite understand."

Following an early development period with the brilliant Blast Theory, Door Into the Dark was created by Anagram in residence with us here at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio, where they continue to be based. Amy and May worked with another resident, Tom Melamed from Calvium to integrate iBeacons technology that would allow the story to unfold as the participant moves through the space in their own time. It was first shown in a prototype form at the i-Docs symposium, led by UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre, also based in the Studio. From there, Door Into the Dark was commissioned for Sheffield DocFest, where it was discovered by Ingrid Copp, curator of Storyscapes who then invited the team to Tribeca to be one of only 5 projects featured at Tribeca's innovation showcase, Bombay Sapphire® Storyscapes. Watershed and the Studio were proud to partner with Anagram in bringing this extraordinary piece to New York and couldn't be happier for May, Amy and the whole team for this well deserved award.

tribecafilm.com/filmguide/door-into-the-dark-2015