Kite & Lightning
Ikrima Elhassan is the co-director of Kite & Lightning, developing 'Bebylon Battle Royale', the much-anticipated VR satire party brawler premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017.
Founded by film industry veterans in 2013, the studio is known for creating immersive computer-generated (CG) worlds that meld cinematic storytelling with interactive gaming. Known for its unprecedented technical and creative innovations in VR storytelling, the Los Angeles-based startup has succeeded in many genres to critical acclaim such as the Cannes Lions festival and the Toronto International Film Festival POP exhibits. Recent projects include a 4D VR experience for NBC's The Voice featuring Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, & Gwen Stefani; and Lionsgate's first VR narrative, a hybrid live action and CG experience starring Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer and Miles Teller.
Prior to Kite & Lightning, Ikrima's career spanned 14 years in the tech industry at Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, as well as academia as a Turing Scholar at the University of Texas researching real time advanced image synthesis.