RYOT, a media brand that specializes in video content in both traditional and emerging formats, is set to present two world premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: the feature-length documentary “On Her Shoulders,” an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition; and the virtual reality short “Dinner Party,” which will screen during the VR Showcase as part of this year’s ‘New Frontier’ exhibition.
The projects are the product of RYOT Films, a division of RYOT led by Bryn Mooser (CEO & Co-Founder, RYOT) and Hayley Pappas (Head of RYOT Films) that specializes in short-form and feature-length film and television projects with an emphasis on tech innovation.
“We couldn’t be more excited to plant our flag at Sundance, with our feature documentary ‘On Her Shoulders’ and our VR short ‘Dinner Party’” said Bryn Mooser. “It’s an honor to premiere ‘On Her Shoulders’ in competition – a proud and humbling moment to see this film come to life alongside a world-class roster of documentaries,” said Hayley Pappas. Bryn Mooser added, “Between the two projects, you get a glimpse into the future of RYOT – working with top talent and technology to tell stories that move the world.”
“On Her Shoulders” is a feature-length documentary about Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi who survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. The film, which will have its world premiere as part of Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition, observes Nadia repeating her story to politicians and the media, thrusting this ordinary girl onto the world stage as the voice of her people. Away from the podium, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions.
“Dinner Party”—which will be presented at Sundance this year as part of the VR Showcase within the ‘New Frontiers’ exhibition—is a virtual reality thriller based on the first reported UFO abduction. 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.
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