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Raw Science TV & Mindshare Present “The Nostalgist: Emotions in a Virtual World”


Friday, May 29th / Doors at 7pm / Program 8pm-10pm

Cross Campus Pasadena
85 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91103

FOOD / DRINKS Complimentary Beer, Wine & Snacks

TICKETS $15 Pre-Sale / $20 Regular / $25 at the Door



Technology has the ability to connect us in more intricate and meaningful ways than we can even imagine. What is possible when we augment our biology? What happens as our emotions and our technology are intertwined?


Join Mindshare LA and Raw Science TV for talks at the intersection of emotions & technology PLUS an exclusive film screening of “The Nostalgist”, a winner of the Raw Science Film Festival! After the screening there will be a Q&A featuring Skip Rizzo from USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies and critically acclaimed German actress Nina Franoszek, a motion capture performer and star as one of the main antagonists “Frau Engel” in the Inglourious Basterds-esk cinematic video game “Wolfenstein: The New Order.”

What was considered a “failed” technology just 5 years ago is now riding a wave of public enchantment, especially in the entertainment and digital game industry. VR is now also a tool for clinical assessment, intervention and research for mental health, rehabilitation and medical purposes.

Experience a live demo of the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD treatment system!


“The Nostalgist is relevant to the intersection of health, medicine, and technology of the future. As the human lifespan increases, what is the mind-body connection in the virtual world? A neurococktail of chemicals rush into the brain whether feeling emotions in a physical or digital realm. Which one will we feel nostalgia for as digital health advances the human experience?”

— John Nosta, a leading voice in digital health and member of the Google Health Advisory Board


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[column]Skip Rizzo / @USC_ICT
Associate Director for Medical Virtual , Reality, USC ICTWar is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The incidence of the fear-based pathology, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (OIF/OEF) military personnel has created a significant behavioral healthcare challenge. One emerging form of treatment for combat-related PTSD that has shown promise involves using immersive Virtual Reality for the delivery of exposure therapy (VRET). Skip will detail how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related PTSD in OIF/OEF service members and veterans.

Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and Associate Director at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning and treating PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. In his spare time, he plays rugby, listens to music, rides his motorcycle..[/column]


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[column]The Nostalgist / @Immersyst

Short Film, Winner Raw Science Film Fest!

A father and son live in an idyllic future, but reality is not quite what it seems. A science-fiction short film based on a story by NT Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson starring Lambert Wilson and Samuel Joslin and direct by London-based director Giacomo Cimini. In the futuristic city of Vanilla, with properly tunes ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. Written and Directed by GIACOMO CIMINI Based on the short story by DANIEL H WILSON


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[column]Nina Franoszek / @ninafranoszek

Actor, Director, Writer, Visionary, Cosmopolitan

Berlin-born Nina Franoszek is an international star of stage, screen and television. She has played a wide range of roles from tragedy to comedy in over 100 films and television shows, including Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” and the Emmy Award winning show “Mad Men”. She co-starred with Tilda Swinton in “The Party: Nature Morte” and Donald Sutherland & Geraldine Chaplin in “Buster’s Bedroom”. Her awards include a Grimme Prize (Germany’s Emmy Award) for best leading actress in the mini series “Sardsch” and a German Screen Actors Award for best Ensemble in the TV series “Weissensee Saga – An East Berlin Love Story  II” in 2014.

As a motion capture performer she stars as one of the main antagonists “Frau Engel” in the Inglourious Basterds-esk cinematic video game “Wolfenstein: The New Order”. And in HBO’s Upcoming dark Comedy “The Brink” she plays French Foreign Minister Dominique Roget opposite Tim Robbins and Jack Black. 

Franoszek is also an accomplished stage actor, who received her MFA from the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, Germany, a member of Germany’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the German Directors Guild (BVR), Co – initiator of the German Screen Actors Guild (BFFS) and served as a juror for the international Emmy Awards (2007-2014).  

Franoszek directs films and theater since 1999, is a foreign language dubbing supervisor (Universal) and ADR director, responsible for script adaptations, dialog editing, voice talent casting and dubbing performance on foreign theatrical releases. She passes her experience on as an acting coach and career consultant, works as an instructor for MFA Film Acting and Acting for Directors Programs in LA and was recently seen on Heidi Klum’s TV Show “Germany’s Next Top Model” teaching the aspiring models how to successfully cry on cue.


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