LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 13, 2018 – – Positron, a virtual reality technology studio in Los Angeles, announced today that it has partnered with multiplatform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead), immersive media company RYOT, and VR studio Atlas V to present a curated program of acclaimed VR experiences from top film festivals on the Voyager® cinematic, full-motion VR platform for a special engagement at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles from February 19-25. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance directly from EventBrite, or at Ace Hotel.
The event features three acclaimed VR pieces: Dinner Party (Sundance ‘18), Alteration (Tribeca ’17), and Melita (Venice ‘17). This event marks the first time the featured VR experiences will be available to the public outside of the festival circuit, as well as the debut of the Voyager® Network as a commercially available, location-based entertainment distribution platform.
“Film audiences who have been eagerly waiting for a VR theater that is as exciting and comfortable as a traditional movie theater will now have the opportunity to experience the future of cinematic storytelling,” said Jeffrey Travis, CEO, Positron. “We’re thrilled to partner with talented content creators to bring three of the most talked-about cinematic VR narratives from the world’s top festivals to the Voyager VR Theater at the Ace Hotel.”
“Our collaboration with Positron on the program at The Voyager VR Theatre reflects a step forward in our shared desire to change the VR storytelling landscape by making quality, immersive experiences such as Dinner Party accessible to a wider audience through out-of-home entertainment offerings,” said Dinner Party Executive Producers Rachel Skidmore (Skybound Entertainment) and Jake Sally (RYOT) in a joint statement.
Designed to enhance sensory immersion for audiences, the Voyager® chair provides a highly comfortable, personal viewing experience with smooth full-motion capability, haptic feedback and spatial audio that are all organically connected to storytelling. “Ultimately, our goal is to transform the way people experience virtual reality,” added Jennifer Rundell, COO & Co-Founder, Positron. “It creates a feeling that you must experience for yourself to understand.”
The curated VR program at the Voyager® VR Theater will feature:
– Dinner Party (Sundance Film Festival, 2018)
Dinner Party is a virtual reality thriller based on the first reported UFO abduction in the United States. Set in 1961, Betty and Barney Hill are 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. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto. Written and created by Charlotte Stoudt and Laura Wexler. Produced by RYOT and Skybound Entertainment, in association with Telexist.
– Alteration (Tribeca Film Festival, 2017)
Alexandro volunteers for a dream experiment. But unbeknownst to him, the scientists in charge of the study will inject him with Elsa: an Artificial Intelligence that will digitize his brain and take over his subconscious—to help turn her into a human being. Directed by Jérôme Blanquet. Produced by Atlas V.
– Melita, (Venice Film Festival, 2017)
In 2026, the world is rapidly deteriorating due to climate change. Anaaya, a brilliant Inuit female scientist, is appointed to find a planet that humans can inhabit, and she’s joined by Melita, an advanced A.I. sent to help her on the task. Together, they will embark on a journey against time to save humanity from extinction. Directed by Nicolás Alcalá. Produced by Future Lighthouse.
The Voyager VR Theatre at Ace Hotel runs from February 19-25 at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles located at 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
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About Positron and Voyager™
Positron is a VR technology studio based in Los Angeles that is focused on transforming the way people experience VR. The team includes mechatronics engineers, designers, software developers and artists who collaborate together to create premium VR experiences and products. Voyager™ is the first full-motion chair platform designed for cinematic VR.
RYOT is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated media brand that specializes in exceptional video content in traditional and emerging formats. It comprises RYOT Films, a prolific film and television development shop that creates both short and feature-length content; RYOT Studio, a next-generation creative studio that provides premium, end-to-end content marketing solutions; and RYOT Lab, a technology and innovation hub that capitalizes on emerging formats including AR and VR. RYOT is part of Oath, a global media technology company and dynamic house of brands people love.
About Skybound Entertainment
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company that houses projects ranging from television, film, emerging platforms, comics, interactive gaming, live events, and more. In 2016, the company expanded to Vancouver with the opening of their Skybound North office, working to expand Skybound’s footprint into the animation and children’s space with top Canadian talent.
Skybound Entertainment is responsible for such television hits including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Outcast, and the new docu-series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics. Moving into new platforms, Skybound produced the first-ever narrative VR series, Gone, for Samsung’s Milk VR platform and in 2018 will produce VR horror series Lies Within. The Skybound Interactive slate includes partnerships with gaming companies Telltale, Starbreeze, Skydance, Scopely, and more. Skybound recently acquired a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, and has an existing first-look feature deal with Universal.
Projects in the pipeline include the film adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s second-longest running comic series Invincible, the animated television adaptation of children’s property My Singing Monsters, and more.