The Atomic Tree

The Atomic Tree is a journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world—a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed —and survived—the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this VR experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

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Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Adam Loften




Directors: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften
Producer: Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Screenwriter: David Haskell, Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Cinematographer: Adam Loften
Editor: Adam Loften
Sound Designer: D. Chris Smith
Music: H. Scott Salinas, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Principal Cast: Peter Coyote, Yamaki Pine


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 10:13 mins