Keram Malicki-Sánchez

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Keram Malicki-Sánchez is a Canadian actor, musician, writer, filmmaker, interactive media developer, event producer and virtual reality developer.

Acting career[edit]

Malicki-Sánchez 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 a 1984 musical version of Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, directed by Peter Moss.[2]

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.[3] 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. In 1995, Constant Change released Irrevocable Upgrade,[4] 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.[5] In 2003 he wrote and performed the song The Truth Be Told for the film Uptown Girls.[6]

In January 2008, Malicki-Sanchez began releasing albums under the solo name Keram, launching a music video for the song Antiskeptic,[7] before releasing his solo debut acoustic album Box.[8] In 2014, he released the album Come to Life, which includes contributions from over 30 musicians, including Alex Lifeson on guitar.[9][10] He later crowdfunded to produce three songs: (Don't Get Caught) By the Dazzling Charades (2018),[11] Artificial Intelligence (2019)[12] and That Light (2020).[13]

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)[14] and Sleeping with Danger (2020).[15]

Filmmaking[edit]

Malicki-Sanchez received certificates in cinematography and film production at UCLA Extension. His first short film A Killer App won the Best Monster Creation award winner at the 2010 Shockfest Film Festival.[16] His short film Tulip Pink was screened at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival and other film festivals.[17] His third short How (Not) To Become a Vampire[18] 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.[18][19]

New media[edit]

In 1994, Malicki-Sánchez founded Robot Pride Day, an ironic annual festival that is still celebrated.[20]

In September 2008, Malicki-Sanchez launched Keramcast, a podcast that was a digest for the topics discussed on his various blogs, and at IndieGameReviewer.com, also referred to as 'IGR', an indie game review blog. He maintains the position of editor-in-chief.[21][22]

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, and co-producer Stephanie Greenall, he helped to build a 3D world that could also play stereoscopic 4k video with ambisonic audio, VOIP, and video chat (all programmed using the elation engine and powered by AWS). 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, with the remainder being CSS, PHP, and HTML.[23]

Virtual reality and immersive technology[edit]

In 2015, Malicki-Sanchez founded VRTO[24] – a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality meetup whose inaugural event was held at Ryerson University's Student Learning Center, and Transportive Technology[25] – 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.[26] 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.[27] FIVARS had its inaugural show in Toronto on 19 and 20 September 2015.[28] The second FIVARS, which was September 16–18, 2016, was at MSMU Studios – a 5,000 square-foot Toronto warehouse redesigned for the festival.[29][30] Malicki-Sanchez then created the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo[31][32] which was staged at Toronto's Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).[33]

Malicki-Sanchez has been invited to speak about Virtual Reality and its effects on society at Techweek Toronto,[34] the Canadian National Exhibition,[35] and Cinegear Expo, ideacity.[36]

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,[37] 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.[38][39]

In October 2020, Malicki-Sanchez was interviewed by podcaster Kent Bye on Voices of VR about the creation of a 4k 360-degree screening space in WebXR for the FIVARS festival.[40] 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.

In September Malicki-Sanchez was included in the 100 Original Voices in XR list created by former Apple and Google developer Avi Bar-Zeev.[41]

Television appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[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". Gettyimages.at. 16 November 1981. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Czarnecki, Mark. "A Junior Jailhouse Rock, June 1984". archive.macleans.ca. Macleans Magazine. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Blue Dog Pict". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Irrevocable Upgrade". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Ribcage: We Sell You Dreams". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Uptown Girls: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Keram - Antiskeptic". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Box - Keram". allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Come to Life - Keram". allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  10. ^ "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". cashboxcanada.ca. 14 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Keram - (Don't Get Caught) By The Dazzling Charades". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Keram Artificial Intelligence". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  13. ^ "That Light". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  15. ^ "Sleeping with Danger (2020 TV Movie)". imdb.com.
  16. ^ "2010 Awards". Shockfest Film Festival.
  17. ^ "Tulip Pink". newportbeach.festivalgenius.com.
  18. ^ a b "How (Not) To Become A Vampire - National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)". 5 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Women in Film * Television".
  20. ^ Robot Pride Day | http://robotprideday.com
  21. ^ Kumor, Andrzej. "Andrzej Kumor rozmawia z Keramem Malicki-Sanchez: Matrix już tu jest. Virtual & Augmented Reality Toronto World Conference & Expo". www.goniec.net.
  22. ^ "Keram Malicki Sanchez Is The Mind Behind FIVARS". VRooM.
  23. ^ "How An Indie Festival Is Fostering A New Kind of International Cinema In The Pandemic". Medium.com.
  24. ^ "Virtual Reality Toronto - VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto". VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto.
  25. ^ "Company - Transportive.Technology".
  26. ^ transportivetek. "Snow Globe Is The Ultimate ASMR Experience".
  27. ^ "FIVARS VR Festival Preview at Camp Wavelength, Toronto, Canada - VRTO - Virtual Reality, Toronto". 27 August 2015.
  28. ^ "MansLaughter, The Night Café & More Heading to FIVARS Canadian VR Film Fest".
  29. ^ AR/VR Magazine
  30. ^ "Video". BNN.
  31. ^ "VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo". VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo.
  32. ^ "Toronto VR Expo explores a Canadian-wide collaboration with Montreal technology leaders". www.newswire.ca.
  33. ^ "EP. 134 TEAM HUMAN LIVE FROM VRTO | WITH KERAM MALICKI-SÁNCHEZ AND AMELIA WINGER-BEARSKIN". Team Human.
  34. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez's schedule for Techweek Toronto 2016".
  35. ^ "The Ex's Innovation Garage Showcases Latest in AR and VR". cfccreates.com.
  36. ^ "Keram Malicki-Sanchez - Virtual Reality Toronto - ideacity".
  37. ^ Keram Malicki-Sánchez (2020). "Out of Our Minds: Ontology and Embodied Media in a Post-Human Paradigm, Source". In Jacquelyn Ford Morie; Kate McCallum (eds.). Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media. ISBN 978-1799824336.
  38. ^ "A Virtual Reality Congress in Virtual Reality". CBC Radio-Canada.
  39. ^ "VRTO 2020 The Flotilla: La expo sobre la realidad virtual regresa por 5to año a Toronto". TorontoHispano.
  40. ^ "#957: How FIVARS Festival is Using WebXR to Deliver 360 Video". VoicesOfVR.com.
  41. ^ "100 Original Voices in XR". 17 September 2021.
  42. ^ "Skin Deep". variety.com. 20 February 1995.
  43. ^ Howell, Peter (4 January 2013). "Texas Chainsaw 3D review: Manson Family values - The Star". The Toronto Star.

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