VENICE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wevr, the leading virtual reality studio and distributor, today announced that four of its immersive experiences have been selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program. The Festival’s selection of Wevr’s content demonstrates the range of creative expertise the innovative studio has become known for producing in its pioneering VR experiences.
The chosen content includes “theBlu: Encounter” - a close look at ocean species while standing on a sunken ship, “Irrational Exuberance” - an odyssey in deep space, “Waves” - a musical adventure through alternate realities with Reggie Watts, and “Hard World for Small Things” - the story of a community disrupted by two plainclothes police officers.
Wevr, known for bringing together leaders in the creative and technology communities, has been producing immersive VR experiences with top filmmaking and engineering talent with recent partnerships including Lionsgate for the John Wick VR experience, Adult Swim for Virtual Brainload and famed PC video game developer and digital distribution company Valve, for theBlu: Encounter on HTC’s Vive.
Sundance Film Festival’s selection of Wevr directors’ VR projects include:
- “Waves”: A new opportunity to be taken on a journey through space, time and possibilities. This VR tour takes viewers on an inception ride through a sequence of realities where the only constant seems to be Reggie Watts, the witty comedian and musician that weaves them together.
- “Irrational Exuberance”: A surreal first-person odyssey by indie game developer, Ben Vance, set in deep space uniquely designed for room-scale virtual reality. Visitors explore mysterious phenomenon, hidden wonders, and go face to face with the infinite.
- “theBlu: Encounter”: theBlu: Encounter transports you into a gorgeous virtual reality ocean experience to have a close encounter with the largest creature on the planet. Imagine what it is like coming face-to-face with an 80-foot blue whale, whose eye ball is almost the size of your entire head. Creatively directed by Jake Rowell, theBlu: Encounter is an experience which feels real, but clearly couldn’t possibly be so, with a sense of uncanny scale and unexpected empathy.
- “Hard World for Small Things”: A film born in the wake of recent news regarding the endless list of police encounters with unarmed men and women. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, the short was created in partnership with Seed&Spark and Janicza as part of Wevr’s commitment to fund and develop diverse voice in the first generation of VR storytellers.
“Each of these four projects exemplifies the high quality production and collaboration Wevr’s studio looks for when partnering with independent filmmakers for the next truly brave virtual reality experience,” said Anthony Batt, co-founder and executive vice president of Wevr. “From the witty, intergalactic voyage with Reggie Watts, to the surprisingly empathetic theBlu: Encounter, we’re proving that virtual reality can be a transformative medium for any genre.”
“Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition is known for showcasing breakthrough storytelling, so we felt there was no better setting to highlight the latest in VR immersion,” said Neville Spiteri, co-founder and CEO of Wevr.
New Frontier showcases media installations, multimedia performances, panel discussions, and more each year in an open social setting at Sundance Film Festival. Wevr’s content will be available for screening during New Frontier, which takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Utah.
Wevr is emerging as the leading virtual reality studio and distributor of the future, collaborating with the brightest creative minds to produce world-class VR content. From music and interactive stories to short films, Wevr’s content transports viewers into compelling experiences from the comfort of their own home, and is compatible with every VR headset for easy viewing. Recent projects include theBlu: Encounter, an immersive underwater tour of sea life and Virtual Brainload, a mind-bending experience with Adult Swim. Founded by Neville Spiteri, Anthony Batt, and Scott Yara, Wevr is based in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.wevr.com.