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Inside the VR Palace at Sundance

Over the past few years, Sundance’s New Frontier initiative has established itself as one of the leading showcases of innovative immersive content, and the 2017 edition of the Park City festival has carried on that tradition with gusto—including pioneers like Nonny de la Peña and Chris Milk alongside newcomers like Tyler Hurd and Rachel Rossin. We were lucky to get an inside look at the Palace and speak directly with the creators of these stellar pieces. Check out our video recap below, and stay tuned for our exclusive features and video coverage for the remainder of the event.

The complete VR Palace lineup:

ASTEROIDS!
LEAD ARTIST: Eric Darnell
PRINCIPAL CAST: Elizabeth Banks

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE
LEAD ARTIST: Jeff Orlowski
KEY COLLABORATORS: The Ocean Agency, View Into The Blue, Seaview 360

CHOCOLATE
LEAD ARTIST: Tyler Hurd
KEY COLLABORATORS: Viacom Next

DEAR ANGELICA
LEAD ARTIST: Saschka Unseld
KEY COLLABORATORS: Wesley Allsbrook, Angela Petrella
PRINCIPAL CAST: Geena Davis, Mae Whitman

HUE
LEAD ARTISTS: Nicole McDonald, KC Austin, Tay Strathairn
KEY COLLABORATORS: Rob Auten, Will Watkins, Gaby Darbyshire
PRINCIPAL CAST: David Strathairn, Benedikt Negro

IF NOT LOVE
LEAD ARTIST: Rose Troche
KEY COLLABORATOR: Bruce Allan
PRINCIPAL CAST: Zachary Booth, Mitchell Winter

LIFE OF US
LEAD ARTISTS: Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin; with music by Pharrell Williams
KEY COLLABORATORS: Megan Ellison, McKenzie Stubbert, Jona Dinges

MELTING ICE
LEAD ARTIST: Danfung Dennis
PRINCIPAL CAST: Al Gore, Konrad Steffen

MINDSHOW
LEAD ARTISTS: Mindshow Staff, Gil Baron, Jonnie Ross, Adam Levin
PRINCIPAL CAST: Dana Gould, Jess McKay

MIYUBI
LEAD ARTISTS: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël
KEY COLLABORATOR: Owen Burke
PRINCIPAL CAST: Jeff Goldblum, P.J. Byrne, Emily Bergl, Owen Vaccaro, Richard Riehle, Ted Sutherland, Tatum Kensington Bailey

ORBITAL VANITAS
LEAD ARTIST: Shaun Gladwell
KEY COLLABORATOR: Leo Faber

OUT OF EXILE: DANIEL’S STORY
LEAD ARTIST: Nonny de la Peña
KEY COLLABORATORS: Emblematic Group, Atrevida Productions, True Colors Fund
PRINCIPAL CAST: Daniel Ashley Pierce, Kyle Wills, Julene Renee, Cyntia Domenzain, Angel VanStark, Phoebe VanCleefe

THE SKY IS A GAP
LEAD ARTIST: Rachel Rossin

THROUGH YOU
LEAD ARTISTS: Saschka Unseld, Lily Baldwin
PRINCIPAL CAST: Joanna Kotze, Amari Cheatom, Marni Thomas Wood

VOYAGER
CREATOR: Jeffrey Travis
KEY COLLABORATORS: Jennifer Rundell, Ricardo Ruiz Torres, Mehul JD

ZERO DAYS VR
LEAD ARTISTS: Scatter, Yasmin Elayat, Elie Zananiri
KEY COLLABORATORS: Mei-Ling Wong, Alexander Porter, Elie Zananiri
PRINCIPAL CAST: Joanne Tucker, Eric Chien, Liam O’Murchu, Ralph Langner, Olli Heinonen, David Sanger

About the Scout

Jesse Damiani

Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout and the CEO of Galatea, a writing and project management tool for immersive storytelling. He's also Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press) and the author of @endless$pectator: The Screens Suite #loliloquy (BlazeVOX, 2017). Other writing can be found on IndieWire and The Huffington Post.

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