Keram Malicki-Sánchez

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Keram Malicki-Sánchez is an actor, musician, writer, filmmaker, interactive media and virtual reality developer, multimedia artist, and event producer.

Acting career[edit]

Malicki-Sánchez is an actor with over 65 professional credits in theater, film, television and voiceover whose career debuted in musical theatre at the age of seven in the title role of Oliver! at the Limelight Dinner Theatre in Toronto.[1] He later starred in the original musical version of Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1984) which won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Revue or Musical, directed by Peter Moss.[2] In 2013, in the role of Kenny, he was chainsawed in half by Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D,[3] a film that MTV wrote "shocked the box office with [a] #1 debut, topping both Django Unchained and The Hobbit."[4] In 2020 Malicki-Sanchez starred in the role of eccentric artist Zeke in a comedic web series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation called 'Decoys' [5] whose ensemble cast was nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Web Series.[6]

Musical career[edit]

In 1987, at age 13, Malicki-Sanchez released a solo 45" on vinyl, in Spanish, through Ecuador's Fe Discos. In 1990, he founded the record label Constant Change Productions out of Toronto, and formed his band, Blue Dog Pict.[7] The band released three albums: The Picture Album (1990), Anxiety of Influence: a nodding into...? (1992), and Spindly Light Und Wax Rocketines (1995), all distributed by Montreal's Distribution FUSION III. The band's song "One Hour's Sleep" was featured in the Degrassi High TV movie "School's Out." The band and its cult-like following is discussed in a section of the book "Any Night of the Week" about the history of Canadian rock music by Jonny Dovercourt.[8]

In 1995, Constant Change released Irrevocable Upgrade,[9] a compilation of exotic musical works which Malicki-Sanchez curated and produced.

In 1998, Malicki-Sanchez launched the band Ribcage, with Eric Ryder Costello and Paul Gallinato, and toured Cleveland and New York, releasing one album, For Machines to Dream About.[10] In 2003 he wrote and performed the song The Truth Be Told for the film Uptown Girls.[11]

In January 2008, Malicki-Sanchez began releasing albums under the solo name Keram, launching a music video for the song Antiskeptic,[12] before releasing his solo debut acoustic album Box.[13] In 2014, he released the album Come to Life, which includes contributions from over 30 musicians, including Alex Lifeson on guitar.[14][15] He later crowdfunded to produce three songs: (Don't Get Caught) By the Dazzling Charades (2018),[16] Artificial Intelligence (2019)[17] and That Light (2020).[18]

He has also composed for several movies shown on Lifetime Movie Network and PixL: Mr. Write (2016), Twist of Fate (2016), Bad Date Chronicles (2017),Same Time Next Week (2017) and Sleeping With Danger (2020).[19] and his music has been licensed to over 25 films and television shows.


Malicki-Sanchez received certificates in cinematography, digital media, and film producing at UCLA Extension. His first short film A Killer App won the Best Monster Creation award winner at the 2010 Shockfest Film Festival.[20] His short film Tulip Pink was screened at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival and other film festivals.[21] His third short How (Not) To Become a Vampire[22] made the festival rounds in 2011, screening at the Austin Film Festival and winning a People's Choice Award at the Zero Film Festival in Toronto.[22][23]

New media[edit]

In 1994, Malicki-Sánchez founded Robot Pride Day, an ironic annual festival that is still celebrated.[24]

In September 2008, Malicki-Sanchez launched Keramcast, a podcast that was a digest for the topics discussed on his various blogs, and at, also referred to as 'IGR', an indie game review blog. He maintains the position of editor-in-chief.[25][26]

In 2020 Malicki-Sanchez was the project lead for a company called Spatialized Events, which was dedicated to immersive media showcases in WebXR. Working with lead developer James Baicoianu, he designed a variety 3D worlds for his VRTO and Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories virtual events using threejs and Blender, the latter could also play stereoscopic 5.7k spherical video with ambisonic audio, VOIP, and video chat (all programmed using the elation engine and powered by JanusWeb and AWS.[27] Malicki-Sanchez developed interfaces and tools to create a solution that could be licensed to 3rd party festivals and conferences. Eighty per cent of the codebase used JavaScript and the JanusXR codebase, with the remainder being CSS, PHP, and HTML.[28]

Virtual reality and immersive technology[edit]

In 2015, Malicki-Sanchez founded VRTO[29] – a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality meetup whose inaugural event was held at Ryerson University's Student Learning Center, and Transportive Technology[30] – a virtual-reality content production company which saw Malicki-Sanchez teaming up with Lee Towndrow to create one of the world's first 360 ASMR Immersive videos.[31] This led to the creation of FIVARS, the "Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories" which he co-organized with technical director Joseph Ellsworth.

FIVARS debuted at Toronto's Camp Wavelength music festival, and showed the first full viewing of MansLaughter by Cinemersia, which claims to be the world's first virtual reality feature film.[32] FIVARS had its inaugural show in Toronto on 19 and 20 September 2015.[33] The second FIVARS, which was September 16–18, 2016, was at MSMU Studios – a 5,000 square-foot Toronto warehouse redesigned for the festival.[34][35] Malicki-Sanchez then created the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo[36][37] which was staged at Toronto's Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).[38]

Malicki-Sanchez has been invited to speak about Virtual Reality and its effects on society at Techweek Toronto,[39] the Canadian National Exhibition,[40] and Cinegear Expo, ideacity.[41]

In 2020, Keram's essays were published in two books: Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media, edited by Jacquelyn Ford Morie and Kate McCallum,[42] and Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology. Also in 2020, Malicki-Sanchez moved the VRTO conference online, creating a multi-platform experience he coined 'The Flotilla'. It used a video-streaming conference app, the Mozilla Hubs web VR platform running custom code on the Amazon Web Services cloud and hosted a micro summit on accessibility.[43][44]

In October 2020, Malicki-Sanchez was interviewed by podcaster Kent Bye on Voices of VR about the creation of a 5.7k 360-degree screening space in WebXR for the FIVARS festival.[45] They discussed how, for FIVARS 2021, he created various 3D environments with Blender modelling software and brought them to life using the JanusWeb engine, JavaScript and WebXR and co-developed an immersive 3-screen theater for the web-based event. He was interviewed a second time by Bye to discuss how to curate an international festival for WebXR in 2021 when FIVARS opened its first event in West Hollywood.[46][47]

In September 2021 Malicki-Sanchez was included in the 100 Original Voices in XR list created by former Apple and Google developer Avi Bar-Zeev.[48]

He was awarded "Creator of the Year" at 2022 Poly Awards for WebXR development of his WebXR festivals, world design, 360 video productions, and online conference.[49]

He produced and brought VRTO back as an in-person event July 20-21st at OCAD University in Toronto, curating a conference about the current surge in text-to-image GAN art and virtual production for television.[50][51]

Be began teaching Blender for Web3D at UCLA Extension in the fall of 2022.[52] and a class on Generative AI at UCLA Extension in the spring of 2023.[53]

Television appearances[edit]


Voice Acting appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "A new twist: Keram Malicki-Sanchez; 7; was chosen from a field of 200 of play the lead role in Olive Pictures | Getty Images". 16 November 1981. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Czarnecki, Mark. "A Junior Jailhouse Rock, June 1984". Macleans Magazine. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ Barr, Jason. "Bill Moseley, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Shaun Sipos, Trey Songz, and More Round Out Cast of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D". Collider. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  4. ^ Downey, Ryan J. "'TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D' SHOCKS BOX OFFICE WITH #1 DEBUT". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  5. ^ Rockingham, Graham. "Hamilton-raised Tracey Hoyt deadpans her way through CBC comedy Decoys". The Spec. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  6. ^ "2021 Canadian Screen Awards nominations: List of major TV, movies nominees". Global News. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Blue Dog Pict". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ Any Night of the Week book listing. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  9. ^ "Irrevocable Upgrade". Discogs. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Ribcage: We Sell You Dreams". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Uptown Girls: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture". Discogs. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Keram - Antiskeptic". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Box - Keram". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Come to Life - Keram". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  15. ^ "BTW- Starring Keram, Julian Taylor, Buddy Black, Royksopp and Robyn, Rusty Ford, the return of Current Records, Emilia and the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame 2014 - Cashbox Magazine Canada". 14 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Keram - (Don't Get Caught) By The Dazzling Charades". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Keram Artificial Intelligence". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  18. ^ "That Light". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  20. ^ "2010 Awards". Shockfest Film Festival. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Tulip Pink".
  22. ^ a b "How (Not) To Become A Vampire - National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)". 5 September 2014.
  23. ^ "Women in Film * Television". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  24. ^ Robot Pride Day |
  25. ^ Kumor, Andrzej. "Andrzej Kumor rozmawia z Keramem Malicki-Sanchez: Matrix już tu jest. Virtual & Augmented Reality Toronto World Conference & Expo".
  26. ^ "Keram Malicki Sanchez Is The Mind Behind FIVARS". VRooM.
  27. ^ "#1009: Curating Immersive Stories & Building WebXR Events with FIVARS Founder Keram Malicki-Sánchez". Voices of VR.
  28. ^ "How An Indie Festival Is Fostering A New Kind of International Cinema In The Pandemic". 23 October 2020.
  29. ^ "Virtual Reality Toronto - VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto". VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto.
  30. ^ "Company - Transportive.Technology".
  31. ^ transportivetek. "Snow Globe Is The Ultimate ASMR Experience".
  32. ^ "FIVARS VR Festival Preview at Camp Wavelength, Toronto, Canada - VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto". 27 August 2015.
  33. ^ "MansLaughter, The Night Café & More Heading to FIVARS Canadian VR Film Fest".
  34. ^ AR/VR Magazine
  35. ^ "Video". BNN.
  36. ^ "VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo". VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo.
  37. ^ "Toronto VR Expo explores a Canadian-wide collaboration with Montreal technology leaders".
  39. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez's schedule for Techweek Toronto 2016".
  40. ^ "The Ex's Innovation Garage Showcases Latest in AR and VR".
  41. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez - Virtual Reality Toronto - ideacity".
  42. ^ Malicki-Sánchez, Keram (2020). "Out of Our Minds: Ontology and Embodied Media in a Post-Human Paradigm, Source". In Jacquelyn Ford Morie; McCallum, Kate (eds.). Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media. IGI Global. ISBN 978-1799824336.
  43. ^ "A Virtual Reality Congress in Virtual Reality". CBC Radio-Canada.
  44. ^ "VRTO 2020 The Flotilla: La expo sobre la realidad virtual regresa por 5to año a Toronto". TorontoHispano.
  45. ^ "#957: How FIVARS Festival is Using WebXR to Deliver 360 Video".
  46. ^ "#1009: Curating Immersive Stories & Building WebXR Events with FIVARS Founder Keram Malicki-Sánchez".
  47. ^ "Podcast: FIVARS & Introducing The Big Idea". No Proscenium. 8 October 2021.
  48. ^ "100 Original Voices in XR". 17 September 2021.
  49. ^ "WINNER: Keram Malicki-Sanchez (@kmalickisanchez) for #WebXR work on @fivarstories, @VRToronto, & Rukh". 22 February 2022.
  50. ^ "Virtual World Society, Episode 12: Keram Malicki-Sanchez".
  51. ^ "FORBES: This Week In XR: Animoca Backs Two Web3 Game Worlds, Ball's "Metaverse" Book Reviewed". Forbes.
  52. ^ "Blender for Web3D World Building - UCLA Extension".
  53. ^ "Catalyzing Creativity: Image Creation in the New Age of Generative AI - UCLA Extension".
  54. ^ "Skin Deep". 20 February 1995.
  55. ^ Howell, Peter (4 January 2013). "Texas Chainsaw 3D review: Manson Family values - The Star". The Toronto Star.

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