“You can’t stand with your own two feet next to a river that was made of ice melts, right next to Al Gore. You just can’t do it on screen, you have to do it in VR.”
When VR first sprung out of New Frontier back in 2012, it was largely coming from the work of documentary filmmakers. There’s been a legacy for doc VR at Sundance, and the promise of VR to convey real places is one any doc filmmaker would be interested in.
According to Senior Programmer and Chief Curator of New Frontier Shari Frilot, this is a big year for VR at Sundance, and now is the time for doc filmmakers to join in. “Honestly, we had an open call this year for VR and it seems like pretty much everybody, narrative or documentary, has been exploring this medium,” says Frilot. “In documentary in particular, filmmakers have been exploring VR, perhaps because of the way that documentary is often shot. The concept of reality is something that documentary filmmakers are intrigued with. What is reality and what is real? What’s the truth?”How and Why Documentary Filmmakers at Sundance Are Using VR