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Virtual Arcade brings the Tribeca Film Festival to the next dimension

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is going beyond movies with a "Virtual Reality Arcade."

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Virtual Arcade brings the Tribeca Film Festival to the next dimension

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City features the second annual appearance of the Virtual Arcade.

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Virtual Reality Arcade opens at Tribeca Film Festival

Once inside 50 Varick Street, you'll see a huge demo room full of booths featuring different experiences you can sample with a VR headset.

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Cameras were in no short supply as festival co-founder Robert De Niro made an appearance to sample selections at the festival.

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Here's De Niro checking out "The Protectors: Walk in The Ranger's Shoes," a VR experience directed by Imraan Ismail and Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, which is making its world premiere at the 2017 festival.

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Virtual Reality Arcade opens at Tribeca Film Festival

CNET's Scott Stein took a journey into the world of the chronically ill and disabled as he tried out "Unrest." This user-led VR experience is based on a documentary film of the same name that's also making its world debut here.

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"Treehugger: Wawona" makes its North American debut today at the Tribeca festival. Put on the headset and backpack and you'll be able to explore the world of a giant redwood tree. The creators say the longer you hug the tree the deeper you "drift into treetime."

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"Alteration" is described as a "poetic trip into the future," involving a dream study, a vampiric artificial intelligence, and apparently some sex.

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"Remember, Remember" by Kevin Cornish features a love story set in the context of an alien invasion.

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"Arden's Wake" takes place in a post-apocolyptic seascape and features a woman and her father, who live in a lighthouse.

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CNET's Joan Solsman tries out "Bebylon Battle Royale," a more gamelike experience where players compete for fame and fortune in a status-conscious society.

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"Tree," by Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, lets you experience the life of a tree's growth from seed state in a rainforest setting.

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"The Other Dakar" is a 360-degree film by Dakar-based artist and designer Selly Raby Kane.

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"Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience," was conceived as a project that would change the way we think about homelessness by putting us in the shoes of those who experience it.

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"Blackout" is set in a New York City Subway, so naturally guests are invited to sit in a themed environment.

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"NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism" features what are said to be the first black female avatars, which were created especially for this experience. Guests sit in a virtual hair salon and are told a story through "speculative product design" and "cognitive research."

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These and many more virtual-reality experiences await you at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, April 30.

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