Click Effect


Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival


New Frontier, with the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is commissioning a series of immersive journalism experiments which explore the craft of reporting through the medium of virtual reality. In these experiments, filmmaking teams engage with news organizations, such as The New York Times Op-Docs, to create works that meet the highest journalistic and storytelling standards.

Click Effect—the first project selected for this commission—is a collaboration between Annapurna Pictures, Vrse, journalist James Nestor, and filmmaker Sandy Smolan. It is a live-action, immersive VR experience, in which we follow two renegade marine science researchers as they attempt to free-dive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface in a single breath, to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales—the world’s largest predators.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

  • Section: New Frontier VR Experience
  • Film Type: VR
  • Country: U.S.A.
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