VR film by Richard Misek selected for Sundance Film Festival

A virtual-reality (VR) research project developed by Dr Richard Misek, Senior Lecturer in Film, alongside artist Oscar Raby and filmmaker Charlie Shackleton, has been selected for the New Frontiers programme at the Sundance Film Festival next year, in the New Frontier selection.

The project is entitled A Machine for Viewing, and it was funded by an AHRC Digital Transformations grant.

The project comprises a unique three-episode hybrid of real-time VR experience, live performance, and video essay in which the three moving-image makers explore how we now watch films by putting various ‘machines for viewing’ including cinema and virtual reality face to face.

The prestigious Sundance Film Festival is hosted in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, and will run from 23 January to 2 February 2020. The Festival is widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and was attended by more than 120,000 people last year.

The New Frontier section of the Sundance programme showcases experimental and innovative works that cross media, including VR, videogames, artificial intelligence and smartphone technology. To read the announcement about the New Frontier selections, please read the Sundance Film Festival page here.

A Machine for Viewing will be featured alongside Infinitely Yours, a multimedia piece on climate change. Both will play at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January 2020, 9.30pm each night.

For full details, please see the Sundance page here: