SECCA is proud to host special showcase event for METL's Immersive Storytelling Residency Program.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Auditorium Lobby

Join us for a special evening as METL's Immersive Storytelling Program residents give a special preview at two new virtual reality experiences. The showcase is free and open to the public, with experiences available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each experience lasts approximately 15 minutes. Beverages will be available via a cash bar.

The Media + Emerging Technology Lab (METL) Immersive Storytelling Residency Program establishes a new paradigm for art and storytelling in the 21st century. The scope of the immersive experience is wide-ranging and global projects include large-scale works of artistry and beauty; powerful social impact projects creating insight and empathy; advancements in the fields of medicine, education, and business; and next-level gaming entertainment.

METL's nationally recognized Immersive Storytelling Residency Program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Epic Games MegaGrants, and the Small Business & Technology Development Center. The residency brings together talented screenwriters, game developers, and 3D technical artists from across the country and from within our community to create an interactive and immersive short film of their own choosing over six months.

METL will be previewing two projects from the 2021 residency: "Black Ice" and "System: The Contribution"

About "Black Ice"

In the cyberpunk future, a young woman visits a memory editor in an effort to suppress a dark memory of a murder she committed. However, the more the editor alters the memory, the more she finds herself wanting to kill again. Black Ice is a single-player cinematic VR experience which explores the dangerous power of memories and how much they make up who we are...for better or worse.

About "System: The Contribution"

You and your beloved family live at the mercy of System, an all-controlling entity. When its whims change, you must journey towards its core to confront it...and yourself. Utilizing generative avatars and live projections, SYSTEM: THE CONTRIBUTION is a cross-platform sci-fi story for one VR adventurer and three smartphone operatives.


The Media and Emerging Technology Lab (METL) was founded in 2017, by the School of Filmmaking at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, to both define and shape the impending evolution of how immersive story content will be created, consumed and told—in close collaboration with leading academic institutions and companies of North Carolina. Learn more at the METL website.