Armando Kirwin is a virtual reality creator and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.
Armando began his career in 2007 as a VFX and indie film producer. In 2015, he shifted focus to virtual reality and worked at one of the leading VR production companies as Executive Producer & Head of Post Production. During this time he collaborated with numerous award-winning directors, including: two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker on A History of Cuban Dance; Sundance Grand Jury prize nominee Sandy Smolan on The Click Effect, which was nominated for an Emmy; and Imraan Ismail/The New York Times on The Displaced, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes. He also produced Take Flight, starring Benicio del Toro, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron.
In 2016, Armando cofounded Milk(vr) with iconic fashion studio, Milk. During this time he worked as Director of Virtual Reality alongside Academy Award Best Picture nominee, Luca Guadagnino, on two VR films featuring acclaimed contemporary artists Rob Pruitt and Taryn Simon; with Gina Prince-Bythewood on LA Noir, starring Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Don Cheadle, and Sasha Lane, which won an AICP Next award; and on an unreleased project featuring Bjork.
In 2017, Armando began writing and directing his own work, beginning with Mercy, a VR film shot on location in Cameroon that combined documentary footage with 360-degree 3D animation. The film premiered at Tribeca and SXSW and was exhibited at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. He then directed A Life in Flowers, which examined the act of floral arranging in order to explore themes of life and death, and was co-created with renowned botanical sculptor, Azuma Makoto. The project was in competition at La Biennale di Venezia and was reviewed favorably by Art Critique. It is currently on display at the Phi Centre in Montreal, Canada. His most recent film, Nothing is Safe, is an official selection of the Cannes Marché du Film.
In 2018, Armando cofounded Artie, a video game company developing advanced instant gaming and AI technology. The company has attracted $10 million in venture capital from numerous top investors, including: Raised in Space (Scooter Braun and Zach Katz), YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Jeffrey Katzenber‘s WndrCo, the Winklevoss twins, and Warner Music Group.
Armando has spoken frequently about the future of entertainment at venues such as: Google, Facebook, NAB, AWE, SXSW, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Sundance.