|[May 19, 2017]
Award-Winning Virtual Reality Studio Wevr Adds Sundance Selection 'IF NOT LOVE' and Tribeca Selection 'Auto' to Transport Platform
the award-winning virtual reality studio and content distributor, today
announced the upcoming release of two critically acclaimed VR
experiences on its Transport platform:
IF NOT LOVE - A tragic account of the consequences of
hatred and intolerance, written and directed by Rose Troche-the
renowned film, television and new media writer, director, and producer
behind the groundbreaking films Go Fish and The Safety of
Objects, and the cultural touchstone, The L Word.
Auto - A speculative fiction about the problematic role
of a "safety driver" in a future self-driving taxi from filmmaker
Steven Schardt, the independent producer and director whose films
include Humpday, Your Sister's Sister, and Treatment.
Both experiences-which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and
Tribeca Film Festival 2017, respectively-are Wevr's first acquisitions
to be fully produced outside of the company, and kick off a larger move
to position Transport as the premiere destination for all VR creators
and independent filmmakers looking to showcase their narrative and
experiential VR works.
"We chose Rose Troche's 'IF NOT LOVE' and Steven Schardt's 'Auto'
because both simulations, grounded in compelling characters, tell
complex stories about our current sociopolitical environment while
simultaneously pushing the visual and structural language of live-action
VR," says Wevr director of development and acquisitions, James Kaelan.
"We couldn't be prouder that these are the first two independent
productions we've acquired for Transport."
"I am thrilled to have 'IF NOT LOVE' on Transport," said Rose Troche,
writer and director of "IF NOT LOVE." "We make my work with the hope of
having a wide and diverse audience, so I'm very excited for this
"Bravely, Wevr's Transport now supports independent cinematic VR in an
emerging medium already crowded by games and branded content," says
Steven Schardt, writer and director of "Auto." "With 'Auto,' Wevr not
only continues its pioneering engagement with new technologies, but also
promotes the frank consideration of their human consequences."
By distributing their work n Transport, artists receive access to the
widest possible audience available in this burgeoning industry, as well
as licensing fees, artistic freedom, and promotion of their work. The
company is currently seeking out additional creative, award-winning VR
experiences to add to Transport in hopes of bringing the best virtual
reality experiences to the masses-and allowing the virtual reality
industry, still in its early stages, to further evolve.
"Our goal with Transport is to give talented creatives from all
different backgrounds and media a place to share their work with the
world," says Anthony Batt (News - Alert), co-founder and EVP of Wevr. "We want the VR
community to know that Transport is where they can distribute their
simulations to the widest possible audience, with the support of the
"IF NOT LOVE" and "Auto" will both be available for download and viewing
on the Wevr Transport platform later this year.
Wevr creates award-winning VR experiences and is the studio behind Wevr
Transport™, an independent virtual reality content network for VR
creators and their audiences. Wevr's flagship title, theBlu: Season 1,
is a top selling room-scale VR experience from director Jake Rowell, and
is lauded as one of VR's "must-do" experiences. Wevr's content has been
featured at Sundance Film Festival, Cinequest, and Tribeca Film
Festival, which this year saw the debut of Arjan van Meerten's
apocalyptic music video, Apex (News - Alert). Other popular experiences include Jon
Favreau's Gnomes & Goblins (co-produced with Reality One), Deepak
Chopra's Finding Your True Self, Run The Jewels' Crown, Reggie Watt's
Waves, Samsung (News - Alert) and Skybound Entertainment's GONE, and Adult Swim's
Virtual Brainload. Wevr was founded by Neville Spiteri, Anthony Batt,
and Scott Yara, and is based in Venice, California.
A dance club pulses with bouncing, happy friends and lovers. Downstairs,
a shooter courses the underbelly of the building, preparing to carry out
a mission for the Lord. But when we slip back in time, we discover that
this same man hooked up with another man. After the intimate encounter,
he runs out of the room, filled with shame over who he is. But what if
events unfolded differently? What if the man he hooked up with convinced
him to stay - to face himself? Could that simple act have changed the
course of history?
Rose Troche is a writer, director and producer in film, television and
new media, and is known for her powerful storytelling on projects such
as Go Fish, The L Word and Six Feet Under. Her previous VR pieces,
Perspective Chapter One, The Party and Chapter 2, The Misdemeanor, also
premiered at Sundance, and deal with timely difficult social realities
such as date rape and police brutality. Rose's consistent contribution
and work within the film and LGBTQIA communities has proven her time and
again a pioneer and visionary guiding film and new media into
unchartered territory. Her thoughtful storytelling continues to inspire
In the very near future, as self-driving taxis are becoming the norm,
"safety drivers" are employed to simply sit in the front seat, as a
measure of comfort to passengers. But Musay, an Ethiopian immigrant
driver with 40 years of experience, is not content to merely sit, and
insists on driving. When he picks up a couple accustomed to the
automated service, their frustration with Musay's driving turns a
routine ride into a microcosm of power dynamics and control in this new,
Steven Schardt (Writer and Director), Megan Griffiths (Producer), Fred
Beahm (Co-Producer, Editor), Jennessa West (Co-Producer), Nathan M.
Miller (Cinematographer), and C. Andrew Rohrmann (Audio Director). Learn
more on Twitter (News - Alert) @evenardt.
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