Indirect Actions directed by Maranatha Hay
Indirect Actions directed by Maranatha Hay

The immersive documentary feature film Indirect Actions from award-winning director Maranatha Hay and producer Ryan Moore will World Premiere at the Downtown LA Film Festival.

The project, billed as the world’s first immersive documentary feature film, can be seen as part of the first-ever Dome Series at the Downtown LA Film Festival Opening Gala on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Wisdome Immersive Art Park (1147 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles).

Step into the story and join a documentary filmmaker (Maranatha Hay) on a mission for justice at Standing Rock, where over 300 indigenous tribes stood together in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She follows social media-driven outrage to the icy prairie of North Dakota – only to discover the dangers of a single-minded perspective and some surprising unintended consequences of Internet activism.

Producer Ryan Moore says, “There is no other way to see this film, except for experiencing it in-person in a Dome venue. We are thrilled that the festival has chosen our film to be featured at the Opening Gala.”

Director Maranatha Hay says, “I’m thrilled to share this experience through a medium as powerful as the story. It’s an epic saga on the Great Plains that is incredibly relevant in our time – on the biggest screen you’ve ever seen. As a female filmmaker, I’m proud to be pioneering this new cinematic journey where the audience lives in the consciousness of the storyteller’s memory and the dome becomes a sanctuary for this.”

Steven Spielberg told TIME Magazine in 2006, “Someday, in the not too distant future, you’ll be able to go to a movie and the movie will be all around you. The movie will be over your head, it will be 360 degrees around you.”

That time has arrived.

Moore adds, “Using the dome as a theatre creates a powerful medium for first-person storytelling. Rather than being confined to Virtual Reality head gear, viewers can experience the immersion together, headset-free, with 360° viewing in a dome-shaped screening venue.”

Director Maranatha Hay is five-time regional Emmy-award winning director and producer. She has directed six documentaries for television that have aired internationally on PBS and the World Channel on subjects such as the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Angolan Civil War, and pediatric heart surgery for children in Nicaragua and Egypt.

Producer Ryan Moore is the founder of Experience 360°, a Burbank-based Virtual Experience Design Studio that has been creating branded and narrative immersive content since 2015. In the spring of 2017, the company produced its first feature “Speed Kills VR” with John Travolta and TopDog VR. Moore’s career within film production experience includes experimental branded content (Disney, Toyota, GoPro), TV commercials (Pepsi, Jack In The Box), music festival coverage (Fuse Media), and Reality TV (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”).

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