Felix & Paul Studios Among Those Chosen for Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Exhibition

33 experiences have made the cut for 2019.

The annual Sundance Film Festival which takes place in January is one of the most prestigious events dedicated to showcasing independent films. The New Frontiers exhibition is the part of the festival focused on new technologies and experimental media, featuring works by creators using virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Today, the full line-up of content has been announced, revealing a rich assortment of experiences.

Well-known companies like Felix & Paul Studios have seen their content make the selection, with two of its VR titles – Marshall from Detroit and Traveling While Black – premiering at the festival. Marshall from Detroit is a 21-minute experience produced in conjunction with Oculus where the viewer joins Eminem on a night ride through Detroit with an up-close-and-personal view into the rapper’s thoughts and views on the city

Traveling While Black is a 20-minute documentary focusing on the long history of the restricted movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in communities.

“This year’s New Frontier is an explosion of experimentation, bearing a motherload of innovative custom tech that take us higher,” Shari Frilot, Chief Curator, New Frontier in a statement. “Biodigital loops are terraforming and transmogrifying our world.  The dynamics of biodigital looping – digital platforms that begin and end by connecting with a human being who connects to that same platform – are being taken on by this year’s artists with gusto, as they pull visceral focus on what it means to be human on this transforming terrain.”

Traveling While Black Felix Paul Studios
Still from the virtual reality experience “Traveling While Black” courtesy of Felix & Paul Studios.

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier roster is as follows:

Films and Performances

  • (antiquated) Augmented Reality
  • Aquarela
  • The (ART) oF BE(i)NG
  • TAKING THE HORSE TO EAT JALEBIS
  • Two Black Lights and One Red
  • Walden

Exhibitions

  • analmosh
  • Belle of the Ball
  • THE DIAL
  • Dirtscraper
  • Embody
  • Emergence
  • Esperpento
  • Gloomy Eyes
  • Grisaille
  • Interlooped
  • A Jester’s Tale
  • Mechanical Souls
  • Mica
  • REACH
  • Runnin’
  • The Seven Ages of Man
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Traveling While Black

VR Cinema

  • 4 Feet: Blind Date
  • Ashe ’68
  • Ghost Fleet VR
  • Kaiju Confidential
  • Last Whispers: An Immersive Oratorio
  • Live Stream from Yuki <3
  • Marshall from Detroit
  • RocketMan 360
  • The Tide: Episodes 1 & 2

“For over a decade, New Frontier has pushed the boundaries of the possible, illuminating the potential of technology and storytelling,” adds Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute. “These independent cross-media artists create new realities for, and with, their work — and the results inspire.”

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival runs from 24th January 2019 through to 3rd February 2019 in Park City, Utah. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.

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