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O Canada: A Canadian Spotlight at O Cinema

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12/4 - 1pm-5pm

O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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O Canada: A Canadian Spotlight at O Cinema

FREE and open to the public, suitable for children.


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Filmgate and O Cinema Presents:

O Canada: A Canadian Spotlight at O Cinema.

Explore our extraordinary programs and special presentations with new projects by the National Film Board of Canada and more.



A virtual reality experience where players go on a walk following a tortoise, interpreted from Walter Benjamin’s accounts of a curious ritual of Parisian flâneurs—”Around 1840 it was briefly fashionable to take turtles for a walk in the arcades.” Players endure an obstacle course with an unwavering gaze to be coached into a state of presence. Part game and part quantified-self wellness tracker, “Walking” is a farcical tool for resisting the attention economy.

Country: Canada

Created By: Jeremy Rotsztain

From 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.


An interactive narrative experience on Oculus Quest 2, in which you play a photographer traveling through 100 turbulent years of the highs and lows of a magical place in the middle of Biscayne Bay just off the coast of Miami, powered by a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant.


Country: Canada/US

Created By: Diliana Alexander, José Guzman,Segundo Correas

From 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.



From studio AATOAA and the National Film Board of Canada​


Motto is a playful, one-of-a-kind adventure—an interactive novella that uses thousands of tiny videos to tell the thousand-year tale of a kindhearted spirit named September. Part ghost story, part scavenger hunt, Motto finds a way to be both documentary and fiction, incorporating participants’ lo-fi, unstaged footage into its own emotional narrative.

Country: Canada

Created By: Vincent Morisset, Studio AATOAA

From 3 P.M. – 5 P.M.


Brainstream is the story of D., a young girl live-streaming her brain activity in a virtual treatment session. She is giving us a guided tour inside her head. In this interactive film, her thoughts take shape as quirky animations while her mind wanders with our help. Together, we discover memories from the past and meet her anxiety, an annoying music earworm. Empowered by our support, she is letting us guide her along unexplored cognitive paths—her own, but perhaps ours too.

Country: Canada

Created By: Caroline Robert, Studio AATOAA

From 3 P.M. – 5 P.M.



Six female identifying creators from Montreal and Miami collaborated in an intensive augmented reality lab, conceived and mentored by FilmGate Miami, the National Film Board of Canada, MUTEK, and O Cinema.  The Lab is powered by the Société de Développement Des Entreprises Culturelles, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Office, Pérez Crearte and the Canadian Embassy in Miami. Free and open to the public.

Plus a special presentation of the…


Music for Smartphones


Imagine that all the phones from the audience are synchronized, and each phone plays a different musical part through its speaker. The Smartphone Orchestra opens up innovative new ways to engage audiences by telling stories with the audience instead of to the audience.


Country: Netherlands

Created by: Steye Hallema, Eric Magnée, Hidde de Jong

From 3 P.M. – 5 P.M.

VIP guests will be given the chance to end the night enjoying cocktails at Alacran Studios, Miami Beach.