Augmented Reality photo by: Oyundari Zorigtbaatar. Showcasing the options in AR, and future plans for New Frontier and Sundance Labs.
Augmented Reality photo by: Oyundari Zorigtbaatar. Showcasing the options in AR, and future plans for New Frontier and Sundance Labs.

NBCUniversal Connects with Sundance Institute

As film continues to become more digital, The Sundance Institute finds new ways to foster and neuter young filmmakers. Virtual reality, and augmented reality have rapidly grown with the digitization of cinema.

The Sundance Labs compiled a list of six progressive films set for New Frontier. Flip through the films, and review their subject matter.
Aria End is a science fiction video game and installation about Aria, a trans woman with cyborg intestines who works in a subterranean mega-ruin — the site of a bizarre disaster that changes all who are exposed to it. By inhabiting a series of underground base camps and modifying a network powered by intestinal flora, the player comes to identify with the space through the act of maintaining virtual architecture.


Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY specializing in animation and performance. His work has been presented at venues across the world including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; and MoMA PS1, New York. Previously, Burr worked under the alias Hooliganship and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced live multimedia exhibitions showcasing artists working in experimental animation.

Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a new media artist, writer, game designer, and trash woman. She has been influential in the contemporary hypertext renaissance, and in popularizing the accessible text art software called Twine. She’s won the XYZZY and Indiecade awards; been exhibited at EMP Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image; been profiled by The New York Times; commissioned by Vice, the New Inquiry, and Rhizome, and she is a 2016 Creative Capital Emerging Fields awardee.

The Art of Dying Young is a film installation and new media bike tour that examines the lives, local histories and place-making initiatives of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and South Williamsburg told through the lives of two young men who have been memorialized through murals.

Shawn Peters is a storyteller, filmmaker and director of photography. Peters started his career shooting music videos for artists like Esperanza Spaulding, Cody ChesnuTT, Pharoahe Monch, Breaking Benjamin, Michelle Williams, and Bilal. He has worked on narrative features and shorts with Terence Nance, Sebastian Silva, Laura Colella, and Raafi Rivero, which have premiered at film festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Tribeca and Toronto. Peters has been awarded a 2015 Creative Capital Award for his personal project,The Art of Dying Young.

Barry Cole is a Grammy-nominated music supervisor with over 80 credits includingAmerican Psycho, Brown Sugar and Marley. Cole is co-producer of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning documentary Alive Inside – A Story Of Music And Memory and is co-founder of the transmedia company Dub Fiction. Cole presents at music, film and technology conferences including the Augmented Reality World Expo. In 2014 Cole founded Multisfalcon, a marketplace for the sale and licensing of multitrack audio.

When Madeleine shows up for Kazie’s birthday, the other guests and she discover Kazie curled up, half-dressed on the shower floor. So — why is everyone looking at Madeleine? Happy, a live-action virtual reality exploration, takes us into the architecture of mental illness, where the most unreliable narrator might be — yourself.

Ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” according to The New Yorker, Josephine Decker premiered her first two award-winning narrative features Butter on the Latchand Thou Wast Mild and Lovely at the Berlinale Forum 2014. The films played festivals around the world, including Torino, London BFI, and BAM Cinemafest. Decker got her start helping to produce docs for A&E and Discovery before making feature documentary Bi The Way (SXSW 2008, MTV’s Logo and Netflix). She is currently working with the Museum of the City of New York on their Future of the City Lab and will shoot her next feature this summer.

Jess Engel is a NY-based Virtual Reality producer at Virtualize where she produces both branded and original VR content. Recent projects include Giant, an immersive VR narrative experience (2016 Sundance Film Festival), and Flash of Color, a conceptual VR hypnosis piece (2015 Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen). Engel is also currently working on The Hubble Cantata, a multimedia VR space experience about the Hubble Telescope in collaboration with National Sawdust and Arup, premiering in Brooklyn August 2016.

For Hue, life has lost its color. What once was bright and bawdy is now pasty and pallid. With the help of your hands and your heart, only you can help Hue find his formerly full spectrum. (A haptic VR interactive tale.)

Nicole McDonald is a multi-disciplined creative lead with over twenty years of experience in games, traditional advertising, and interactive experiences. It has been her life’s passion to utilize technology as a creative tool