Along the River of Spacetime

  • Title: Along the River of Spacetime
  • Director: Elizabeth LaPensee
  • Country: USA
  • Runtime: 20m

Interactive VR Experience

Along the River of Spacetime is a Virtual Reality game meets 360 film about activating Anishinaabe star knowledge to enhance river ecosystems in the Great Lakes.

Director Headshot - Elizabeth LaPensee -Along the River of Spacetime - FIVARS 2020 Director Biography – Elizabeth LaPensee

Elizabeth LaPensée, PhD is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe with family from Bay Mills, Métis, and Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

She designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a lightning-searing side-scroller game which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2017. Most recently, she designed When Rivers Were Trails (2019), a 2D adventure game following a displaced Anishinaabe during allotment in the 1890s, which won the Adaptation Award at IndieCade 2019.