Gabo Arora, Assistant Program Director, Sr. Lecturer
Heralded by the LA Times as “game-changing” and “transcending all the typical barriers of rectangular cinema”, Gabo Arora’s widely acclaimed virtual reality documentaries have all premiered as official selections at major film festivals around the world. Gabo is an award-winning immersive artist, filmmaker and Cofounder/Creative Director of Tomorrow Never Knows™, a content, technology and research studio founded by the industry’s leading creative pioneers and entrepreneurs focused exclusively on emerging technologies currently known as VR, AR, and AI. He is also a professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he designed and leads the new Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technologies (ISET) program and lab. Formerly, he was a Senior Policy Advisor for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations’ first-ever Creative Director.
A native New Yorker, Gabo also holds honors degrees with distinction from NYU and Johns Hopkins University. He is a Davos World Economic Forum Arts and Cultural leader and was nominated for a term-membership at the Council on Foreign Relations by Francis Fukuyama. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, nominated for an Emmy, awarded a Cannes Lions, a Sheffield Doc/Fest award for best documentary, a Lumière Award, two Webbys, and has been featured in the New Yorker, BBC world service, the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine, Fast Company, New York Times and covered widely in the Guardian, Vice News, Wired, TED, NPR and PBS Newshour.
Gabo’s most recent VR experience, “Zikr: A Sufi Revival”, World Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018, with Newsweek calling it “the most transcendental experience of the festival” and was the first-ever VR documentary to be sold and acquired (by Dogwoof) in Sundance’s history.