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Samsung Bringing Three Gear VR Experiences to Sundance Film Festival This Week

There are plenty of virtual reality (VR) movies on display at this week’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA. VRFocus has already reported on a total of nine VR experiences that are on display at the show’s New Frontier installation as well as a number of VR-related panels that attendees might want to catch. But the VR exhibits aren’t stopping there; technology giant Samsung has revealed that it will be showing its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) throughout the event, which ends on February 1st 2015, exhibit three VR videos.

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Those videos include Wild – The Experience, the recently revealed companion piece to the Reese Witherspoon movie in which her character sets out on a journey, hiking the 1000+ mile Pacific Crest Trail. The VR experience joins Witherspoon’s character in a forest area in which she starts to hallucinate about her relationship with her mother. The video was created by Fox Searchlight and Fox Innovation Lab and lasts around three minutes. A commercial release of the video is also possible at some point in the future.

Elsewhere Samsung is hosting the world premiere of Herders with Gear VR. This seven minute experience takes players to the fields of Mongolia to explore the life of a family of yak herders. There’s also Strangers with Patrick Wilson, a five minute piece in which players spend time with the musician in his studio in Montreal, Canada. Along with Wild – The Experience, both pieces take advantage of the Quad HD display that features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone with which Gear VR runs.

There’s plenty on display for VR fans to look out for at this week’s festival, then. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates on the technology.