Technology can do great things, and certainly for folks at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend who saw the new HBO Documentary Larry Kramer In Love & Anger, technology did just that. Polycom solutions enabled Larry to join the audience in Park City for an interactive conversation about the film, his life and the future for his apartment in New York.
After a very moving film that left the audience not really knowing the current state of Mr. Kramer, the audience was visibly moved when after the final credits rolled; Larry appeared larger than life on the screen. This was made possible through the
use of Polycom RealPresence Desktop software and Group Series system.
The network connection was nothing special, just a home internet connection at Larry’s home and a Comcast cable modem in Park City. With a call speed of just 512 kbps, Larry appeared in HD on the big screen.
As I was leaving the theater I overheard some people talking about the whole experience as “amazing”, “left me speechless”, “powerful”.
I will be seeing Larry a few more times here at Sundance as well as other guests who are joining remotely to give movie-goers an experience they will never forget.