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Virtual Arcade

World Premiere

USA | 6 MINUTES | English |


Extravaganza mixes 3D animation and live-action footage in a bitingly funny satire. You are a puppet trapped in a stunningly offensive puppet show, performing for a clueless executive (Paul Scheer). Confronted with his obvious blind spots and prejudices, Extravaganza asks: can technology change society for the better, or does it just magnify our worst traits in new ways?

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Directed by Ethan Shaftel

Ethan Shaftel's work bridges cinema, interactive design, and immersive media. He directed Suspension, a sci-fi feature distributed by Warner Bros, plus the award-winning short Flesh Computer. He developed games for Hasbro and Fox, directed video installations for Nike and Disney, and created immersive media for artists such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Project Creator
Ethan Shaftel
Ethan Shaftel
Frank Stringini
Hanuman Brown-Eagle
Music by
David Olson, Scott Radke
Sound Designers
Patrick Joyner, Michael Anctil
Paul Scheer, John Gemberling, Will Greenberg, Annie Tedesco


Project Contact
Ethan Shaftel
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Phone: 323 397 1050
Press Contact
Caitlin Bruner
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, NY 10013