Virtual and Actual Realities: The Narrative VR and New Media Works in the Sundance 2021 New Frontier Section

Secret Garden

A Remote Festival The Sundance Film Festival, which ended February 3, succeeded remarkably well despite the pandemic, and nowhere was that more obvious than in the New Frontier lineup of virtual/augmented reality and other new media. In fact, as has…  Read more

By Feb 18, 2021

Sundance Hits and Misses, Pandemic Edition

Sidney Flanigan in Never Rarely Sometimes Always (courtesy of Focus Features)

Yes, 2020 sucked. The worst year of our lives finally came to an end, and most independent films and filmmakers, like just about everything and everyone else, suffered. Grand Jury Prize winners were delayed, critics’ favorites were lost and buzzworthy…  Read more

By Feb 10, 2021

“Not Addressing the Core Exploitations of Capitalism is Essential to Capitalism’s Survival”: Theo Anthony on Sundance 2021 Premiere All Light, Everywhere

All Light, Everywhere

In All Light, Everywhere’s opening shot, filmmaker Theo Anthony turns the camera lens on his optic nerve, as text narration explains that we’re blind at the point where the optic nerve and retina connect—there’s a fundamental hole in our ability to…  Read more

By Feb 8, 2021

The Filmic Equivalent of a Haiku: Erick Oh on his Sundance VR Film Namoo


One of the most understated pieces at Sundance’s New Frontier this year was Namoo, an animated short by Baobab Studios and director Erick Oh. Baobab has been pushing the boundaries of top-tier animated virtual reality since its founding in 2015, with…  Read more

By Feb 6, 2021

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