Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Director: Palmer Luckey

Institute History

  • 2014 Sundance Film Festival


In 2012, 19-year-old Palmer Luckey debuted a virtual reality headset at New Frontier that he handcrafted for Nonny de la Pena’s work, Hunger in Los Angeles. Palmer’s company, Oculus VR, is planning to hit the market with a consumer virtual reality headset. The device not only promises to change gaming but also the way we experience cinematic content.

Their VR Cinema app places viewers inside a stadium-seated virtual theater. Featured 3-D Festival shorts include 130919: A Portrait of Marina Abramovi?, and samples from 2014 Festival features The Girl from Nagasaki and Under the Electric Sky.

Audiences can queue up to experience the following virtual reality experiences using prototype versions of the Oculus Rift headset in the New Frontier installation lounge from noon until 8:00 p.m. Additional stations will be made available at the New Frontier bar between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Works that will be presented on the Oculus Rift:
Sound and Vision by Chris Milk
EVE: Valkyrie by CCP Games
Clouds by James George and Jonathan Minard

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details


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