Notes: Sundance Film Festival’s Return to Park City

Thoughts surrounding the community of filmmakers and movie fans

This January, the Sundance Film Festival returned to Park City, Utah for the first time since the 2020 iteration, which we attended to explore the pioneering New Frontier division, along with a nightly music series at The Montage Deer Valley. For the last two years, the renowned event has taken place online and in VR headsets—an empowering social addition for those at home). However, this …

Sundance 2022 New Frontier: On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World)

An earth-shattering VR work that lets participants experience the onset of a nuclear emergency in Hawaii

Virtual reality storytelling is frequently spoken of as a tool for empathy and understanding. Many of the VR, augmented reality and immersive entries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival support this belief—from the trailblazing, compassionate feature-length documentary We Met in Virtual Reality (filmed entirely in VRChat) to the many highlights of the New Frontier category. In New Frontier’s narrative VR work On the Morning You Wake (to the …

Sundance Film Festival 2022: Five New Frontier Highlights

Projects and performances that comprise the pioneering VR, AR and immersive program

From a virtual spaceship floating high above planet Earth is where (avatars of) attendees of Sundance 2022 will once again enter New Frontier—the film festival’s pioneering program of virtual, augmented and immersive works. Until roughly a week ago, programmers, volunteers and many ticket-holders planned to be on location in Park City, Utah, where New Frontier intended to construct a “Biodigital Bridge” that allowed passersby of their physical hub …