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We Met in Virtual Reality

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Featuring a virtual Q&A with director Joe Hunting.

Dir. Joe Hunting. 2022, 91 mins. DCP. Filmed entirely inside the world of virtual reality, Hunting’s expansive and sensitive documentary embeds itself within several unique communities in VR Chat, a burgeoning virtual reality platform. The filmmaker employs software within the platform that allows him to shoot, frame, and record his subjects uncannily like a liveaction documentary, and its this adherence to convention—in this most unconventional milieu—that transforms images and avatars that might be considered strange into familiar expressions of humanity. The film follows Jenny, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher, dedicated to building a welcoming community for deaf and hard of hearing VR Chat users, and two long distance couples who met in VR and prepare to meet physically: DustBunny, a fitness dance instructor building a career in social VR dance classes, and her partner, Toaster; and DragonHeart and IsYourBoi, a couple who met while performing in an exotic VR dance community. We Met in Virtual Reality tenderly documents the stories of people experiencing love, loss, and unexpected connection within an online world that may shape the future.  

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.