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Mozilla and Sundance Film Festival Present: VR the People

On Monday January 22, Mozilla is bringing together a panel of the top VR industry insiders in the world to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to explain how VR storytelling is revolutionizing the film and entertainment industry.

“We want the storyteller’s vision to exceed the capacity of existing technology, to push boundaries, because then the technologist is inspired to engineer new mechanisms that enable things initially thought impossible” says Kamal Sinclair, Director of New Frontier Lab Programs at Sundance Institute.  “However, this is not about creating something that appeals to people simply because of its novel technical achievements; rather it is something that has real meaning, and where that meaning can be realized by engineering the technologies to deliver the best experience possible.”

Mozilla selected the Sundance Film Festival as a destination because the Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. This is a perfect fit for Mozilla because both organizations are aligned with keeping creators first, especially within the Mixed Reality (VR & AR) space.

“We want to empower artists to create immersive, impactful storytelling with ease and accessible tools. It’s a part of our mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all,” said Sean White, Mozilla Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies.

The all-star lineup includes Mozilla Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies Sean White, founder and CEO of Emblematic Group Nonny de la Peña, Reggie Watts, and immersive director Chris Milk, CEO of WITHIN.

The panel will be moderated by Kamal Sinclair, Director of New Frontier Lab Programs at the Sundance Institute.

Attendees will also get to step inside an exclusive preview of an immersive volumtetric demonstration from immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña, as well as a special opportunity to deliver a powerful message about women in technology.

At Mozilla, our vision is an internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.

Our commitment to VR has been in the works for a while. Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, was the first browser to bring WebVR to the web browser in August of 2017. This created a fast lane for developers and artists to create web based VR experiences to browse with Firefox.

Please join Mozilla as we help creators use the web to the maximum of its potential to reach the world.

 

Mozilla and Sundance Film Festival Present: VR the People

Technology is often viewed as a barrier to immersive storytelling. Instead, it can be used to enhance, amplify, and simplify the creative process.

Join Mozilla at the Sundance Film Festival ClaimJumper building 3rd Floor as we explore how technology can be used to push the limits of storytelling

Our stellar lineup of speakers includes:

Mozilla Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies Sean White,
Founder and CEO of Emblematic Group & Immersive Journalist Nonny de la Peña,
Reggie Watts,
CEO of WITHIN & Immersive Director Chris Milk,
and Moderator and Director, Kamal Sinclair New Frontier Lab Programs at Sundance Institute

Mon, January 22, 2018
Venue: Claim Jumper Court, 3rd Floor
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MST
Park City, UT 84060

 

About Mozilla

Mozilla is the not-for-profit behind the popular web browser, Firefox. We believe the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. We work to ensure it stays open by building products, technologies and programs that put people in control of their online lives, and contribute to a healthier Internet.

About Sundance Film Festival

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, The Invisible War, The Square, Dirty Wars, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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