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A few week’s back we gave you your first look at our new virtual reality project DINNER PARTY. Today we’re excited to announce that DINNER PARTY will have it’s official premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival! DINNER PARTY is a VR experience we’ve created with RYOT Films, Telexist VR, Circle of Confusion, and Thunder Studios and supported by Technicolor and the Sundance Institute. Written by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, Open Secret) and Laura Wexler (Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America) and directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Bashir’s Dream, La Granja), DINNER PARTY is the story of the first widely publicized report of an alien abduction in America.
We’re super proud of the team and we can’t wait for you all to get a look. Below is the official press release:
Earlier today Sundance Institute announced that Dinner Party, a virtual reality thriller based on the first reported UFO abduction in the US, will premiere and screen at New Frontier at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Dinner Party is the pilot episode for The Incident, an anthology series offering viewers an immersive experience of true life paranormal events produced by Skybound Entertainment, RYOT, and Telexist, created and written by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland) and Laura Wexler (Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America), and directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Bashir’s Dream, La Granja).
Set in 1961, Dinner Party tells the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who sought hypnosis to recover memories of inexplicable experience. When the Hills listen to their recorded hypnosis at a dinner party, what they hear changes their lives forever. The immersive episode stars Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Timeless) as Barney Hill and Sarah Sokolovic (Big Little Lies, Homeland) as Betty Hill.
“It is a tremendous honor to premiere Dinner Party at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Charlotte Stoudt and Laura Wexler in a joint statement. “We’re grateful to Skybound, RYOT, and Telexist for helping us create the story of Betty and Barney’s abduction in virtual reality, allowing viewers to experience their thrilling, terrifying encounter in an unforgettably immersive way.”
Dinner Party was developed at the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Lab and supported by a residency at Technicolor Experience Center, the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins University, and a grant for immersive art projects from Engadget as part of their first annual Alternate Realities Experience. Additional production partners for the pilot episode include Circle of Confusion and Thunder Studios.