The HA! 360 VR/AR Lounge
The HA! 360 / VR Lounge will not only be at the forefront of the 360 cinema movement, but it will be the only VR presentation space in the world to put an emphasis on women as well. 360 / VR will be the medium that more and more filmmakers use to tell their stories and the HA! Lounge will provide a place to see the latest in how 360 films are shot, acted, edited and presented. Work from the finest LA filmmakers will be shown as well as studio trailers and the best pieces from top VR companies. Along with demonstration of VR filmmaking, the lounge will become a nexus for the most cutting-edge and exciting work in VR. With a focus on women, The HA! Lounge just might be the place for the next revolution in filmmaking: the age of the female hero. Step into the future. Step into The HA! Lounge.
5:00pm Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony
12:00pm - 6:00 pm : VR Lounge Experiences. Click here for ticket
7:00pm - 9:00pm : Women in VR/AR Panel. Click here to view the list of panelist
12:00pm - 6:00 pm : VR Lounge Experiences. Click here to get your ticket
Laemmle's Monica Film Center:
1332 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
Women in VR/AR Panel
Sarah Stiteler - Legends VR
Since 2001, Legend has been utilizing some of the most talented artists and market leading technology, for what began as an innovative Stereoscopic 3D Conversion and Visual Effects company, has grown into a pillar for cutting edge technology. Now with 150 employees in Southern California and 350 in Toronto, Legend offers full-scale VR and VFX creative, production, and post-production services – from concept to final color for major brands, studios, and agencies.
Business Development Executive
Malia Probst - VRScout
Malia is Director of Brand Development for VRScout, one of the world’s leading immersive media companies. VRScout inspires a community of millions of explorers and creators around the world through original reporting, one-of-a-kind events, and video and VR content created in their LA studio. Host of two podcasts, Malia is a frequent speaker and has been named in the Top 20 Most Influential People in the VR/AR industry as well as one of the Top 20 Women in VR in LA.
Director of Brand Development
Maggie is the director/creator of THE ROCKY HORROR HIPSTER SHOW, a live rock club production that has played to sold-out houses for the past three years. She is the director of THE FRIENDLESS FIVE (now available on Fullscreen), and writer-director of VR film VAIN: THIS PARTY SUCKS, premiering at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Last year, she directed forty voter registration PSAs for YouTube Multicultural, and collaborated with Anna Akana to create FAE, a VR horror short film. She's currently a staff writer on Season 2 of MISS 2059 (New Form Digital/go90).
Freelance Screenwriter and Producer
Meera Kim - Arbor Entertainment
MeeRa Kim is the CEO and co-founder of Arbor Entertainment, a 360/VR production services company. She is a seasoned creative producer of new media content and feature films. She recently co-produced SHE’S JUST A SHADOW, a feature film starring Tao Okamoto (Hannibal; The Man in the High Castle; Batman vs. Superman; Wolverine), produced the breakout VR short VAIN: THIS PARTY SUCKS, and produced 4 seasons of the popular web series HORROR HAIKU.
Chief Executive Officer
Mercedes Bent - UploadVR
Mercedes Bent is the Vice President of Education at UploadVR where she is responsible for managing consumer education and corporate services aimed at accelerating the growth of the VR/AR industry. Formerly she was the General Manager at General Assembly, a coding school, where she held a variety of roles including University partnerships, Head of New Ventures, Global Director of Immersive Programs and Product Manager. She is credited with playing a key role in launching & growing the coding bootcamp industry, creating the first credit-bearing partnership between a coding bootcamp and a university, and launching GA's diversity-focused non-profit arm, the Opportunity Fund. Prior to GA she worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Investment Management Division. She graduated from Harvard in 2010 with an AB in Economics and a minor in East Asian Studies. She enjoys hiking, camping, off-roading in her Jeep, envisioning the future, and playing cards.
Vice President of Education