L.A. Noire an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival

Since 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has followed its mission of enabling “the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” Apparently they are serious about redefining film festivals as they have announced L.A. Noire as an official selection, a first for a video game in the festival’s history. L.A. Noire is Rockstar Game’s upcoming detective/crime title set in early Los Angeles circa 1947. The announcement was warmly received by Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games, stating, “It’s a real honor, and another step forward for interactive entertainment.”

During the festival L.A. Noire will be previewed as part of the Tribeca Talk series on April 25th. A case from the game will be screened and followed by a Q&A session discussing the intersection of filmmaking and interactive entertainment. Additional topics for discussion include the technology behind L.A. Noire and the incorporation of story and action in the video game medium. Geoff Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises’ Chief Creative Officer will moderate the session.

Gilmore praised L.A. Noire as “a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion. We are poised on the edge of a new frontier.” Many gamers would agree and with major cultural touchstones like the Smithsonian Institution and now the Tribeca Film Festival recognizing the impact of video games that “new frontier” may not be far off.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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