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Sundance ’18: VR, doc hybrid projects highlight New Frontier lineup

The Sundance Institute has unveiled the projects which will be part of the New Frontier program of the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. The projects featured in this section are intended ...
December 7, 2017

The Sundance Institute has unveiled the projects which will be part of the New Frontier program of the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.

The projects featured in this section are intended to showcase innovative production and experimentation at the crossroads of film, art and technology. Projects this year include an interactive VR experience from Darren Aronofsky, as well as a mixed interactive documentary narrated by astronomer Tony Stark.

Spheres: Songs of Spacetime is an interactive VR experience that explores how gravitational waves transform how we see the universe. Eliza McNitt is the lead artist, while key collaborators include Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Jess Engel and Arnaud Colinart.

Switzerland’s Elastic Time (pictured) is a mixed reality interactive documentary about space-time, narrated by astronomer Tony Stark. A real-time hologram of the participant’s body is placed into an observatory room, and while using controllers they bend space and time to their will, creating black holes, wormholes and time portals.

Finally, Narcisster’s Organ Player is a hybrid performance/documentary film that explores how the ancestral data stored in our bodies impacts the lives we live.

“This year’s artists push the boundaries of a host of new technologies in powerful and surprising ways,” said Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator of New Frontier, in a statement. “This year’s artists push the boundaries of a host of new technologies in powerful and surprising ways. The story creates the body and the corpus takes on new meaning, offering a new framework for personal interactions in modern society.”

New Frontier alumni include Doug Aitken, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña, Pipilotti Rist and Jennifer Steinkamp.

The New Frontier program can be found here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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