In 2017, we supported the special presentation and world premiere of Draw Me Close at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Created by award-winning Canadian playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill in partnership with the National Theatre and the National Film Board Canada, Draw Me Close combines virtual reality with live performance and animation to create a striking personal memoir.
The film explores the relationship between Tannahill and his mother following her diagnosis with terminal cancer. Viewers experience the story through the eyes of the filmmaker, entering a virtual replica of his childhood home. Touch is central to the experience: Tannahill presented his virtual work in a physical space, complete with windows, a carpet and a bed. An actor played his mother, physically hugging viewers to create a uniquely intimate encounter.
Since its founding in 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most international film festivals in the United States. The decision to embrace virtual reality represents the festival’s ongoing commitment to engage younger viewers through new media, taking independent cinema to the widest possible audience.