RANDAL KLEISER PRODUCTIONS AND IM360
ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF A VIRTUAL REALITY SHORT,
Written & Directed by Randal Kleiser (Grease, Flight of the Navigator)
Featuring Carl Weathers (Predator), Bruce Davison (X-Men) and
Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon)
Produced by Tanna Frederick
SCREENING AUGUST 9-13 AT THE 2015 SIGGRAPH CONFERENCE
AND AUGUST 29 AT THE VRLA EXPO.
July 30, 2015…Los Angeles…Randal Kleiser Productions and IM360 are proud to announce the public release of a virtual reality short DEFROST, written and directed by Randal Kleiser (Grease, Flight of the Navigator) will be screened at the 2015 SIGGRAPH conference August 9-13, 2015 and at the VRLA Expo August 29, 2015. This project further develops the medium of virtual reality through its fictional narrative form.
DEFROST takes place in the year 2045, when liquid nitrogen is now commonly used to freeze patients until remedies for their illnesses are developed. The film follows the experience of Joan Garrison as she wakes up from her frozen state after thirty years. She reunites with her family, but the reunion is bittersweet, as the passage of time has caused her loved ones to become strangers. The short was filmed in 360°, allowing audience members to witness the story directly from Joan’s perspective. The result is an intimate and immersive experience.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
CARL WEATHERS (Actor) After retiring from the Oakland Raiders in 1974, his big break came in 1976, when producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff chose him to play “Apollo Creed” in Rocky. He went on to play “Creed” in three other “Rocky” movies as well as “Dillon” in Predator. His later credits include Action Jackson, In the Heat of the Night, and Happy Gilmore.
BRUCE DAVISON (Actor) is well known for his Academy Award nominated performance in Longtime Companion, which also awarded him a Golden Globe. Davison appeared in the first two films of the X-Men film franchise, portraying antagonist Senator Robert Kelly. In more recent times, Davison has appeared in films such as Breach and Runaway Jury.
CHRISTOPHER ATKINS (Actor) became famous for his debut opposite Brooke Shields in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon. His portrayal gained him a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. His other credits include The Pirate Movie and A Night in Heaven.
RANDAL KLEISER (Director/Writer/Producer) best known for Grease, other features include The Blue Lagoon, White Fang, Flight of the Navigator, It’s My Party, North Shore, Summer Lovers, and Lovewrecked. Mr. Kleiser has previously worked in virtual reality with the Disneyland attraction, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and with Battle Drill, an Improvised Explosive Device simulator for the US Army.
TANNA FREDERICK (Producer/Actress) has starred in Hollywood Dreams, Irene in Time, and Queen of the Lot. She co-founded the Iowa Independent Film Festival in 2007 and spearheaded the filmmaking initiative Project Cornlight. Since moving to California, she has worked closely with Henry Jaglom on several projects and has starred in many theatrical productions including The Rainmaker and Train to Zakopane.
JOHN PATTYSON (Executive Producer) He has led programming for CBS, NBC, ABC, and many other networks and produced behind-the-scenes for hundreds of Hollywood's biggest films. Pattyson is the Executive Producer of Immersive Media, a world leader in 360° filmmaking. He is a winner of the UPI National Sportscaster Award and three Emmys.
MYLES MCGOVERN (Executive Producer) The President & CEO of Immersive Ventures Inc. and of its wholly owned subsidiary Immersive Media Company, he revolutionized the way audiences interact with video entertainment with 360° video technology. Prior to 2004, Myles spearheaded the rapid growth of Centrinity/MC2 into 55 countries and was twice nominated for Canadian Entrepreneur of the year.
Kelly Desarla, Ethan Rains, Clinton Valencia and Kai Oz.
Specials Thanks to the Institute for Creative Technologies at USC: Randy Hill, Orli Belman, Kathleen Haase and Cheryl Birch.
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