“Blindness,” “Cameraperson” set for New Frontier

Peter Middleton and James Spinney's Notes on Blindness (pictured) and Kristen Johnson's Cameraperson are among the projects featured in the Sundance Institute's 10th annual New Frontier showcase.
December 4, 2015

Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness (pictured) and Kristen Johnson’s Cameraperson, a global memoir of archival footage, will receive world premieres at the 10th anniversary of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program.

The feature-length Notes on Blindness, which initially debuted in the doc short category during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, details writer John Hull’s transition into blindness through self-captured audio recordings. The UK-France copro received the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture award at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Additionally, a mobile VR experience is set to accompany the film’s debut. Notes on Blindness – Into Darkness will provide audiences the opportunity to experience real-time 3D, VR and binaural sound in order to “explore the world of the blind.”

On display throughout the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, exhibitions participating in the experimental New Frontier series include three feature films, one live performance, 30 documentary and narrative mobile virtual reality (VR) experiences and 11 installations in a 10,000-square-foot exhibition space spread across multiple venues in Park City, Utah.

All exhibitions will be featured at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in April.

In addition to the festival’s physical exhibition, audiences will be able to experience more than 20 VR pieces on mobile VR headsets.

Among the virtual immersions are Across the Line, pitting audiences with anti-abortion extremists as they attempt to intimidate patients seeking health care at Planned Parenthood; and Condition One, a first-person look at the habitats of Earth’s most endangered species.

This year’s New Frontier program will also include a slate of short films to be announced at a later date. The Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 21 to 31, unveiled its documentary lineup on Wednesday (December 2).

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