Through film today, storytellers are able to push the bounds of creative structure, with innovative visual and audio experiences. The Cinema track will celebrate the unique vision of filmmakers brought to the big screen in ways not possible without the current explosion of cinema technology.


Screening of Excerpts from Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Excerpts from Ang Lee’s groundbreaking new movie Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will be screened with multiple repeats during the day on Tuesday at Tinseltown in Gates.

Tuesday 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 – Tinseltown, 2291 Buffalo Rd, Rochester (Buses leave the Convention Center 30 minutes before each showing)

Storytelling in VR

This panel will present a variety of different perspectives on VR storytelling using as motivation: film, live theatre, and interactive experiences.

Prof. Joe Geigel, RIT (moderator)

Javier Molina, New York University

Anna Dining, RIT
Prof. Elizabeth Goins, RIT

Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 Convention Center, Highland AK


Screening of Cock of the Air at the Dryden Theater

In 2016, the Academy Film Archive completed a highly unusual digital restoration of a long forgotten romantic comedy from 1932 titled Cock of the Air.

Heather Linville, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tuesday 3:30-5:30 – Dryden Theater, George Eastman Museum


Keynote Address by Two-Time Oscar Winning Director Ang Lee, along with Oscar-nominated Film Editor Tim Squyres, and Techncal Supervisor Ben Gervais

Director Ang Lee and his technical team will be presenting scenes from his groundbreaking 3D 120fps feature Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and discussing the reasons for shooting in this format, and the challenges that came with it.

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Convention Center, Empire Hall North


Cinema Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

A panel contrasting cinema technologies of the past with those of the future with special commentary on how these impact the storyteller’s vision and artistic intent.

David Long, RIT School of Film and Animation

Mark Schubin, Industry Tech Blogger

Wednesday 10:30-11:30 – Hyatt Grand EFG

Object and Channel Representations for Next-Generation Audio Experiences

New forms of audio experiences including advanced spatial sound, interactivity and personalization are revolutionizing the cinema, broadcasting and personal entertainment industries. This renewed appetite for flexibility and improved performance requires going beyond legacy surround sound formats and can only be addressed by new channel-based or object-based representations. We will show how both approaches benefit audio content creation and end-user experience and discuss opportunities for future audio representations and applications.

Nicolas Tsingos, Ph.D, Dolby Laboratories

Wednesday 11:30 – 12:00 – Hyatt Grand ABC


Panel Discussion on “New Techniques for Capturing and Experiencing Immersive Audio”

This panel discussion moderated by Dave Sluberski, Senior Lecturer at RIT’s School of Film and Animation, will explore topics in recording, recreating, and experiencing multi-channel immersive audio – with session speakers, Nicolas Tsingos, Alex Kosiorek, and SungYoung Kim.

Dave Sluberski (Moderator), Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday 12:00 – 12:30 – Hyatt Grand ABC


Thirty Years of Motion Pictures

Thirty Years of Motion Pictures began as a “film presentation” entitled Early History and Growth of the Motion Picture Industry and tracking motion picture progress from pre-cinema technology to the present, including illustrated songs, Edison films from the 1890s, turn-of-the-century newsreels, aerial photography, Kinemacolor, Technicolor, animation, industrial films, stop-motion animation, high-speed photography, and narrative film.

Accompaniment provided by Ms. Makia Matsumura

Commentary by Anthony L’Abbate

Wednesday 3:30-5:30 – Dryden Theater

Screening of Dunkirk with Commentary by Jack Garner

Special screening of Christopher Nolan’s newest film, Dunkirk, shot on Eastman Kodak’s 65mm Vision3 Color Negative film and shown on Kodak’s 70mm Vision Color Print film. The screening will take place at the Kodak Center Theater in Eastman Business Park. Renowned local movie critic Jack Garner will provide commentary for the film.

Jack Garner, Film Critic

Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:30 – Kodak Center for the Performing Arts


Virtual Cinematography

Rob Legato shares advanced VFX and production techniques employed in Disney’s the Jungle Book, 2016 Oscar winner for VFX

Rob Legato, Cinematographer and VFX Artist

Thursday 10:30 – 11:30, Convention Center Empire Horth Hall


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Storytelling with Music

By presenting a number of examples, the essential role that music plays in storytelling will be explored. The evolving role, expectaions, and tools of the composer as new media forms and production methods come to the fore also will be discussed. The talk will conclude with a short introduction to the new Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music and the role we hope to play in this dynamic field.

Prof. Mark Watters, Eastman School of Music

Wednesday 3:30 – 4:00 – Hylan Grand ABC