EarthXR, the interactive arm of EarthxFilm, will host a playlist of environmentally focused, 360-degree video content on Samsung XR. The EarthXR playlist will launch with 12 projects, offered free-of-charge, with future premieres to follow over the course of 2020.
By working with production companies specializing in topics often ignored by the entertainment industry, this new partnership hopes to shed light on environmental and social justice issues by immersing viewers in 360-degree experiences, giving them a first-hand look at what they can do to enact change.
The pieces to be featured in the platform's initial launch include:
- "Guardians of the Kingdom" - Underwater Earth, Vulcan Productions
- "Ghost Fleet" - Catovia, Seahorse Productions, Vulcan Productions
- "My Africa"; "Valen's Reef"; "Under the Canopy" - Conservation International
- "Nakuru Kuru" - Jiva VR
- "Tree Huggers"; "The Fire in Our Backyard"; "as it is" - 360Labs
- "The Hydrous Presents: Immerse" - The Hydrous, featuring NatGeo Explorer Erika Woolsey
- "Guardians of the Forest" - Co.Reality, UNVR
- "The First Virtual Reserve" - Wild Immersion
"This channel gives home audiences the opportunity to join conservationists at whale rescues, African elephant sanctuaries and surfing trips in the most stunning and remote places on earth," said Tiffany Kieran, EarthXR director of XR programming and partnerships. "We get to show audiences not only the beauty of nature but inspire support for pressing current issues, like firefighters taking on wildfires and Indigenous communities in the Amazon protecting their land from deforestation."
"Samsung has been with us from the start of our festival and have been incredible supporters as we bring these important, topical projects to viewers everywhere,” said EarthxFilm President Michael Cain. “We are grateful for their ongoing commitment to using technology for good."
EarthXR plans to share additional educational content by leading filmmakers on Samsung XR's online platform throughout 2020, to eventually coincide with the annual EarthX festival held in Dallas from April 17 – 26, 2020, and other pop-up events nationwide.
For more information about Samsung XR, visit samsungxr.com.