Look But With Love: A Virtual Reality Series by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Thursday March 14
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA.

5:00 – 8:30 pm VR Showcase
7:00 pm Panel Discussion on VR Storytelling
FREE | RSVP TO ATTEND

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Encore Screening – Experience the first Virtual Reality documentary series from Pakistan, directed by two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and renowned immersive artist Chris Milk. Followed by a panel discussion with local VR storytellers.

Look But with Love is a series of five Virtual Realty stories. From a doctor in the slums of Karachi who has dedicated her life to providing free emergency care to children, to the Elite Commandos, a courageous community of women in Nowshera–the epicenter of the terrorist insurgency, Look but With Love explores the lives of Pakistan’s most fearless and passionate citizens. Look but With Love is a virtual reality documentary series presented by WITHIN about the extraordinary people of Pakistan who are changing the socio-political landscape of their communities through causes they are deeply passionate about.

This event is presented in partnership with Bellevue Arts Museum and Pakistani Women in Computing.

5:00-8:30 pm VR Showcase
7:00 pm Panel Discussion on VR Storytelling

Panelists

Farah Ali

Farah Ali is a Vice President of Engineering for the Player and Developer Experience (PDE) group at Electronic Arts (EA). She has a passion for technology, for making an impact on the world and for building innovative products that solve compelling problems. Her love of gaming brought her to Electronic Arts, where she is particularly happy about “being part of a company that combines technology with creativity in a unique way. She is an executive sponsor for the Anita Borg partnership at EA and for the Girls Who Code summer program. Diversity Journal named her as one of their “women worth watching in STEM” winners in 2017. In her spare time she loves reading and anything to do with the arts, travelling with her family, playing games with her 2 daughters and heading up a couple of non-profits (One Good Act and Pakistani Women in Computing) as a founder.

Mischa Jakupcak

Mischa Jakupcak is an award-winning filmmaker from Missoula, Montana. She has a BA in creative writing from University of Arizona and a MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She produced The Off Hours (Sundance ’11), The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Little Potato (Grand Jury winner SXSW ’17) and VR pieces such as Potato Dreams (AFI ’17) and Chaak’ Saagi (TIFF ’16) and Mildred Bailey Sings (2019). She wrote and directed The Hero Pose(TIFF Kids), as well as Skeleton Flower a five piece VR music experience with Degenerate Art Ensemble currently in post production. She continues to write, produce and direct films and VR.

Laila Kazmi, moderator

Laila Kazmi is a Northwest Emmy Award-winning producer and filmmaker. Her stories have aired on PBS television stations in Seattle, San Diego, Boston and streamed on PBS NewsHour. At Seattle’s PBS television station she pitched and launched digital series Borders & Heritage and oversaw the independent film broadcast series REEL NW.  Her articles have been published on PBS NewsHour online, ColorLines Magazine, The Seattle Times, and Pakistan’s daily Dawn. Laila is currently the Director of Programming for the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Documentary Association. She blogs at Sufdari.com.

Dacia Sáenz

Dacia Sáenz is a mediamaker and storyteller from Austin, Texas where she worked in documentary productions for CNBC, PBS, and the Sundance Foundation. Since her move to Seattle, Dacia has earned her Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, debuted three short films at the 2012, 2013, and 2016 Seattle International Film Festivals, and taken home the Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty film festival. She has also collaborated on international documentary projects,The Cost of Gender, and co-created a series of shorts highlighting the survivors of the Salvadoran Civil War on behalf of the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights.
 
Dacia currently spends her days training to be a wizard on the After Effects team at Adobe, exploring the mind-blowing possibilities of Immersive Storytelling, and creating tender and whimsical soundscapes in her band, Too Bad So Sad.

 

Misbah Uraizee

Misbah Uraizee is a Product Manager at Facebook working on Newsfeed Experiences focused on the future of Feed & Stories. Prior to Facebook, she served at Microsoft most recently as a Product Manager on the HoloLens Mixed Reality team where she shipped the company’s first Virtual Reality headset line, as well as the recently announced HoloLens 2 Augmented Reality glasses. Her team was responsible for the magic and overall user experience you see from the moment you put on your AR/VR headset to when you are immersed in a game, video, or other content (leveraging new technologies such as eye tracking, direct touch manipulation, depth sensing, motion controllers, and more).

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