1979 Revolution Game


YEAR 2015

SECTION New Frontier Exhibitions


Innovators in non-fiction storytelling, Rockstar Games designer Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari give us this breakthrough interactive historical documentary that places the player inside the action of the Iranian Revolution. Using actual audio testimonials, a real-world soundscape, and multiple touchscreen gameplay, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is the first of a nine-episode game designed to integrate an emotional, historically true narrative while giving players the experience of making moral choices under extreme situations as they navigate the streets of an uprising. S.F.


WEBSITE http://www.inkstories.com

EMAIL vassiliki@inkstories.com



Artist Bios

Navid Khonsari, the founder of iNK Stories, is known for having developed the cinematic look and feel for video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, The Warriors, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Alan Wake, Homefront and more. Films include The Contract, Pindemonium and Pulling John. Khonsari recently completed his first graphic novel, Infidel. He often guest-lectures on the convergence of politics and gaming, narrative gaming, stereotypes, and the potential to incite empathy.

Vassiliki Khonsari arrived at filmmaking through visual anthropology. In addition to her TV producer/director credits, Khonsari's documentary feature producer credits include Our House (20+ awards) and Pindemonium (Sundance Channel), and her award-winning directorial debut Pulling John (premiered at SXSW). As the co-founder of the innovative media studio iNK Stories, Khonsari has merged her non-fiction background with gaming in the groundbreaking 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.