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Mindshare Presents “Raw Science: Emotions in a Virtual World” ... Talks & Movie!

Mindshare LA

Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Mindshare & Raw Science TV Present “The Nostalgist: Emotions in a Virtual World”

Friday, May 29th / Doors at 7pm / Program 8pm-10pm

Cross Campus Pasadena
85 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91103

FOOD / DRINKS Complimentary Drinks & Snacks

TICKETS $15 Pre-Sale / $20 Regular / $25 at the Door

Technology has the ability to connect us in more intricate and meaningful ways than we can even imagine. What is possible when we augment our biology? What happens as our emotions and our technology are intertwined?

Join Mindshare LA and Raw Science TV for a talk by Skip Rizzo from USC's Institute of Creative Technologie PLUS an exclusive film screening of “The Nostalgist”, a winner of the Raw Science Film Festival! After the short film there will be a Q&A featuring Skip and critically acclaimed German actress Nina Franoszek.

Experience a live demo of the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD treatment system!

What was considered a “failed” technology just 5 years ago is now riding a wave of public enchantment, especially in the entertainment and digital game industry. VR is now also a tool for clinical assessment, intervention and research for mental health, rehabilitation and medical purposes.

“The Nostalgist is relevant to the intersection of health, medicine, and technology of the future. As the human lifespan increases, what is the mind-body connection in the virtual world? A neurococktail of chemicals rush into the brain whether feeling emotions in a physical or digital realm. Which one will we feel nostalgia for as digital health advances the human experience?”

-- John Nosta, a leading voice in digital health and member of the Google Health Advisory Board



Watch the trailer for "The Nostalgist" here....

Skip Rizzo @USC_ICT
Associate Director for Medical Virtual , Reality, USC ICT

War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The incidence of the fear-based pathology, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning "Operation Enduring Freedom" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom” (OIF/OEF) military personnel has created a significant behavioral healthcare challenge. One emerging form of treatment for combat-related PTSD that has shown promise involves using immersive Virtual Reality for the delivery of exposure therapy (VRET). Skip will detail how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related PTSD in OIF/OEF service members and veterans.

Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and Associate Director at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning and treating PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. In his spare time, he plays rugby, listens to music, rides his motorcycle.

The Nostalgist @Immersyst
Short Film, Winner Raw Science Film Fest!

A father and son live in an idyllic future, but reality is not quite what it seems. A science-fiction short film based on a story by NT Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson starring Lambert Wilson and Samuel Joslin and direct by London-based director Giacomo Cimini. In the futuristic city of Vanilla, with properly tunes ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. Written and Directed by GIACOMO CIMINI Based on the short story by DANIEL H WILSON

Nina Franoszek @ninafranoszek
Actor, Director, Writer, Visionary, Cosmopolitan

Berlin-born Nina Franoszek is an international star of stage, screen, and television. Franoszek is a member of Germany’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as a juror for the International Emmy Awards in 2007-2010. She played a wide range of roles from tragedy to comedy in 19 feature films and 45 television movies and series. She starred opposite Academy Award winning Jiri Menzel in “Joint Venture”, performed with Tilda Swinton in “The Party-Nature More” and Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) directed her in “Murderous Decision.” Her feature film credits include “Beyond the Sea” by Kevin Spacey and “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski. Franoszek starred in the feature film “Martha” a modern day “Mrs. Robinson story”, played “Greta” a guest star role in the Emmy award winning TV series “Mad Men” and recently was a guest star as Swedish Gala, in the Streemy Award winning web series “Easty to Assemble” by Illeana Douglas.


Raw Science

Raw Science is an online network focused on science and technology that will change the world in the near future. With on-demand streaming media, original series, and editorially curated content offered by leading experts in all areas of science and technology, Raw Science offers stunning insights on how cutting-edge advances can furnish solutions for the greatest issues confronting our society.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange

The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming.

Cross Campus is a growing network of membership-based, collaborative work environments & event venues. "Our vision is to redefine the concept of ‘office’ by making it more inspiring, productive, and socially connected. We do this through great space design, frictionless provision of workspace and services, and market-leading event programming."

With thirty five thousand square feet between our locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena, Cross Campus serves a large and diverse segment of SoCal’s creative, startup and technology communities. Founded in 2012 in Santa Monica, Cross Campus is expanding aggressively throughout Southern California.

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When & Where

Cross Campus Pasadena
85 N. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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