Sundance 2017 Showcased Content Creators Pushing Boundaries

Published by , February 12, 2017 10:48 pm

(LATimes)  The Sundance Film Festival was an early adopter and champion of VR.  Sundance turned up the effort a few notches this year. The Sundance that ended recently was the first in which VR occupied its own physical space — an intimate venue away from the Main Street tumult called the “VR Palace.” It was, coincidentally, also the first festival in which much of the content can now be viewed broadly, thanks to the release of dedicated headsets such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in the last year.
It was also the first year veteran creators truly began to push boundaries. Nearly every one of the modern VR pioneers — Chris Milk, the directing tandem known as Felix & Paul, Oculus’ in-house filmmakers — brought new content to show off, along with worthy lesser-knowns. Much of it — 16 pure VR pieces at the Palace and about a dozen more with VR components at the mainline New Frontier exhibition — was impressive and instructive.

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