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  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
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  Mats Reiniusson, Assistant Professor & Dome Manager
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 
To Screen 360º Spherical Films in the
Digital Dome as part of the
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) 

Santa Fe, October 12, 2018

During the 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, which runs from October 17, 2018 - October 21, 2018,  IAIA's state-of-the-art-Digital-Dome will be screening spherical film submissions for the first time in the festival's history. The IAIA Campus is at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the South Side of Santa Fe, minutes from the Community College. Click here for map and directions. 

This new addition to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's diverse programming will not only allow SFIFF to screen cutting edge spherical films, but also invite the audience to experience the incredible 360° experience of the IAIA Digital Dome. IAIA students have been working in, and creating content for, the Digital Dome since it opened in 2010.

The schedule for the SFIFF Digital Dome showings:

Friday, October 19, 2018 and Saturday, October 20, 2018

Program running time:  55 minutes

6:00pm (both nights)

IAIA Introduction
Student Films
American West
Lucid Dreamscapes

7:00pm (both nights)

IAIA Introduction
Student Films

American West This short film shows the real starry nights of American West. You can sit in the dome and travel to famous places such as the Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley, etc.  This film was created in 8K ultra high resolution, using several cameras.
Producer & Director:  KWON O CHUL  
Year of production: 2018
Running Time: 8 minutes

American West

Lucid Dreamscapes A lucid dream is when a person is in control of a dream while within it. J-Walt presents his glimpses of future worlds that he created live and in the studio. Musical worlds and visual metaphors arise from his mind and indicate possibilities that are fresh, familiar, exotic, and inviting.

Producer & D irector:   J-Walt
Year of production:  2018
Running Time:  39 minutes


Lucid Dreamscapes

Liminality Liminality is a fulldome dance film shot in Wales and India. Five main dancers move from industrial landscapes to remote coastal areas in both countries and explore what unites and separates them in this collaboration of cultures and technologies. The piece is a snapshot into the constant cycle of transition and change.

Directed by: Janire Najera and Matt Wright
Produced by: 4Pi Productions
Choreography by: Kim Noble and Hugh Stanier
Music by: Filastine & Nova
Year of production: 2018  
Running time: 11 minutes


Explore Explore is the latest documentary production by Maciej Ligowski - Executive Producer of Dream To Fly - continuing the trend of bringing visual excellence under the dome to enhance the immersive experience of the public.  The story centers around the motive of human travel to Mars, but the show presents and explains much broader selection of science including history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, plus Kepler laws of planetary motion or orbital maneuvers. Explore takes us on an imaginary journey. Astronauts leave Earth, execute two Hohmann-transfer maneuvers, and dock with a space station. Then they are off to Mars. In several beautiful scenes, the show demonstrates how spacecraft follow Kepler's laws in stately maneuvers as they make their way from Earth to orbit and then on to other worlds.
Directed by: Maciej Ligowski
Produced by: Creative Planet
Release date: October 2017
Running Time: 25 minutes

The IAIA Digital Dome is a unique asset of IAIA, being the world's only fully articulating dome. It rotates from 0° to 90°, and can be positioned at the ceiling or floor, offering multiple viewing experiences. The space offers a combination of black box, planetarium, interactive performance space, Digital Full Dome, and an immersive laboratory -- with five WQXGA (2560x1600 Resolution) projectors that deliver a 4k dome projection and a spatialized ambisonic 24.4 professional Genelec immersive sound system. The Dome is a space for new applications of creative expression, scientific and technical exploration, film, and the merging of art and technology.
IAIA Digital Dome
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Jacques Paisner , Executive Director of the SFIFF, commented: "This is an exciting way to expand our ongoing partnership with IAIA. Creativity in the motion picture arts is paramount at the SFIFF, and remaining on the cutting-edge of the medium with the inclusion of IAIA's Digital Dome is a very natural progression for the festival."
Mats Reiniusson, Assistant Professor & Dome Manager observed: "This is a great new collaboration! It makes total sense that the IAIA Digital Dome should be part of the SFIFF - due to both organizations being located in Santa Fe. IAIA has a state-of-the-art immersive film theater, and immersive 360 film is the new upcoming format for film festivals on the frontline. SFIFF will now have immersive spherical film as part of their programming."

IAIA Digital Dome
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

For more information on the IAIA Digital Dome, please visit

For more information on the SFIFF, including a full schedule of films and events and instructions on purchasing tickets, please visit; or email

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