The Sundance Film Festival is all about the shared experience of the theater, so imagine the surprise of realizing that one of the most moving films at this year's fest is something that can only be seen inside an Oculus Rift headset.
"Dear Angelica" is a 12-minute illustrated story about memory, movies and grief that is premiering at the festival, which runs through Sunday. In the film, a girl, voiced by Mae Whitman, lies in bed writing a letter to Angelica (Geena Davis), a famous movie star who we also discover was her mother. We swirl around in her memories of Angelica, shifting between real life and images from movies she's been in and back again. The viewer spins around, taking in all the environs with Angelica, whether she's in a shootout car chase or drifting into space. More than a few viewers shed some tears into the headset by the end.
It's the first animated experience created entirely in VR.