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:
VIRTUAL REALITY THRILLER ‘DINNER PARTY’ FROM SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT, RYOT, AND TELEXIST TO PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2017) – 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.
About Skybound Entertainment:
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company that houses genre projects ranging from television, film, emerging platforms, comics, interactive gaming, live events, and more. The company expanded to Vancouver-based Skybound North in 2016, with the primary focus of developing Canadian writing and production talent and expanding Skybound’s capabilities into the animation and children’s space.
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.
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.
RYOT also produced “On Her Shoulders,” which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Directed by Alexandria Bombach, the film follows Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi who survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to politicians and media, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the world stage as the voice of her people. Away from the podium, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions.
Telexist is a virtual reality production studio focusing on developing original content for interactive platforms. Founded in 2015 by visionaries Erik Donley and Sam Gezari, the full service creative agency has grown to include a team of over 20 technical artists and engineers who work daily to disrupt the content status quo. Driven by the need to innovate, Telexist aims to revolutionize the space by pushing boundaries, exploring new applications, and challenging the way audiences engage with original content. Telexist’s clients include NASA, Skybound Entertainment and RYOT.