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US Prison System Documentary ‘Step to the Line’ Released on Within

In April, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Step to the Line, a 360-degree documentary taking an in depth look at the American penal system. Created as part of Oculus’ Creators Lab, the film exclusively released for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Within has bought the distribution rights, so now the documentary can be found through its app.

That means alongside Oculus Rift and Gear VR, HTC Vive owners can watch Step to the Line, downloading the app through Steam or Viveport, as well as PlayStation VR owners.

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Shot on location at a maximum security prison, Step to the Line is an immersive experience that showcases the realities of the prison system in the US Directed by Ricardo Laganaro and made with Defy Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to the entrepreneurship and employment of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, Step to the Line aims to capture the reality of what it’s like to be locked up.

Describing the documentary Laganaro said in a Medium posting: “The first time I entered Solano State Prison, I realized everything I thought I knew about the prison system — and prisoners — was wrong. If you think you know what visiting a prison feels like, and what kind of people you’re going to find there, you might well be wrong, too.”

The Within app can be downloaded for iOS and Android for Google Cardboard, or HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs).

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Within, reporting back with the latest announcements.