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1stAveMachine Brings VR to Sundance with New Film

Directors Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais used their experience directing animation and mixed media projects to tell this story about identity

1stAveMachine Brings VR to Sundance with New Film

With the Sundance Film Festival mere weeks away, award-winning production 1stAveMachine that just got one of their VR experiences, Battlescar, accepted into the festival’s New Frontier Program.

Directed by filmmakers Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais of award-winning production company 1stAveMachine and starring acclaimed actress Rosario Dawson, the NYC-centric BattleScar follows a year in the life of Lupe, A Puerto Rican-American living in late 1970s New York City. The film utilises Lupe’s handwritten journal to guide us through her experiences spanning across a the year 1978 as she meets Debbie, another runaway kid living in the city. Debbie will introduce Lupe to the punk scene of the Bowery and expose her to the secret worlds co-existing in the Lower East Side in the late '70s. BattleScar is a coming of age drama that explores the theme of identity through the use of animation and immersive environments in virtual reality.

The film is constructed as an immersive VR experience that stokes nostalgia, intrigues new generations and presents a coming-of-age narrative through animation and immersive environments. Inspired by likes of punk pioneer Patti Smith, Battlescar transports the audience to a time that inspired some of the most legendary artists and music of the modern era.


Genre: VR