UofL planetarium to showcase the power of virtual reality March 31 program is free and open to the public

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Those who want to experience and learn more about virtual reality will have their chance March 31 during a free, public event 2-3 p.m. at the University of Louisville’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

    Two virtual-reality clips will be shown on the planetarium’s 55-foot, immersive dome:

    • Growing Up Girl” gives viewers a chance to experience a day in the life of a Kenyan girl as she copes with extreme poverty. The video shows the young girl as she travels vast distances to fetch water, gather wood and, after dark, walk to a nearby town so she will have lights to complete her school work.
    • Be Who You Are/Love Who You Are” shows the exuberance of gay pride parades from around the world. The clip was first shown during a 2016 LGBTQ event in Louisville and was so popular attendees rated it as the best session of the conference.

    After the clips are shown, there will be a discussion about how to harness of the power of virtual reality filmmaking in the Louisville community.

    The conversation will be facilitated by Aukram Burton, executive director of Kentucky Center for African American Heritage; Dean Otto, curator of film for the Speed Art Museum; Leo Osborne, founder of a video and digital communications firm; and Nathaniel Spencer, who runs a video services company and is a Louisville Film Commission advisory board member.

    Pay parking is available in the Speed Art Museum Garage and Floyd Street Parking Garage on the Belknap Campus.

    For more, see the planetarium website or contact Paula McGuffey at 502-852-5855.

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    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.