SPHERES Creator Eliza McNitt on Virtual Reality Filmmaking

At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the experiential director becomes the subject

For the last few years, filmmaker and technologist Eliza McNitt‘s virtual reality experience SPHERES charted in several of our lists of favorites from film festival’s around the world. The three-part exploration of hidden songs among the cosmos brought new attention to the capabilities of VR as it set records for the medium and took up residence in NYC‘s Rockefeller Center. There, guests could experience each …

Eliza McNitt’s Tale of Three Female Astronauts, “Dot of Light”

A short, powerful documentary made in collaboration with Google for National Space Day

It seems that just about every day we receive some sort of space-related inspiration—most of it pertaining to wild discoveries or groundbreaking scientific assessments. For National Space Day, filmmaker Eliza McNitt looked at subject matter a little closer to home. Through a partnership with Google, she profiled three female astronauts—Dr Kathryn D. Sullivan, Nicole Stott, and Anousheh Ansari—and assembled a short, powerful documentary film. The …

Six Significant Virtual Reality Works from Sundance’s New Frontier Line-Up

World premieres, works from the "Godmother of VR," an entry from an Academy Award-winning director and more

In its 34th year, the Sundance Film Festival continues to carve paths for its curatorial magnitude. Many of last year’s selections went on to theatrical and streaming success. Four of the five films in the Best Documentary Feature category at this year’s Oscars premiered at Sundance. And last year’s shocking seven-figure sale of Eliza McNitt’s three-part VR project SPHERES (now at NYC’s Rockefeller Center) was anchored by …