May 20

Sundance Selection ‘If Not Love’ and Tribeca Winner ‘Auto’ Acquired For Transport

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of two artistically accomplished and critically acclaimed VR experiences on Transport

If Not Love is a tragic account of the consequences of hatred and intolerance, written and directed by Rose Troche—the renowned film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter behind the groundbreaking film Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, and The L-Word.

Auto is a highly imaginative speculative fiction experience about the problematic role of a ‘safety driver’ in a future self-driving taxi from filmmaker Steven Schardt, the independent producer and director whose films include Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister and Treatment.

Both these experiences—which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and Tribeca Film Festival 2017, respectively—are our first acquisitions to be fully produced outside of the company, and kick off our larger move to position Transport as the premiere destination for VR creators and independent filmmakers looking to showcase their narrative and experiential VR works.

“We chose Rose Troche’s ‘If Not Love’ and Steven Schardt’s ‘Auto’ because both simulations, grounded in compelling characters, tell complex stories about our current sociopolitical environment while simultaneously pushing the visual and structural language of live-action VR,” explains Wevr director of development and acquisitions James Kaelan. “We couldn’t be prouder that these are the first two independent productions we’ve acquired for Transport.”

“I am thrilled to have ‘IF NOT LOVE’ on Transport,” says Rose Troche, writer and director of “IF NOT LOVE.” “We make my work with the hope of having a wide and diverse audience, so I’m very excited for this release.”

“Bravely, Wevr’s Transport now supports independent cinematic VR in an emerging medium already crowded by games and branded content,” says Steven Schardt, writer and director of “Auto.” “With ‘Auto,’ Wevr not only continues its pioneering engagement with new technologies, but also promotes the frank consideration of their human consequences.”

Wevr co-founder and EVP Anthony Batt adds, “Our goal with Transport is to give talented creatives from all different backgrounds and mediums a place to share their work with the world. We want the VR community to know that Transport is where they can distribute their experiences to the widest possible audience, with the support of the Wevr team.”

“If Not Love” and “Auto” will both be available for download and viewing on the Transport later this year.