VARIETY Sundance: Vice News to Premiere Virtual Reality Feature from Spike Jonze, Chris Milk


By Todd Spangler

Vice News will premiere what it’s touting as the first-ever virtual-reality news feature — from filmmakers Chris Milk and Spike Jonze — Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Vice News VR: Millions March,” directed by Milk and Jonze and hosted by Vice News’s Alice Speri, takes viewers inside the December 2014 protest in New York City against police brutality. The film will premiere on a new app from virtual-reality developer VRSE, founded by Milk. Vice Mediarecently invested in VRSE.

The feature follows Speri as she covers the Dec. 13 demonstration in which more than 25,000 New Yorkers blocked streets in calling for nationwide reform after a police officer killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and cops choked an African-American man to death Staten Island. Footage was captured by a 360-degree VRSE-built VR camera system designed to make it seem as if the viewer is actually present in the scene.

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