NFB releases reinvention of award-winning wildlife doc, Bear 71

Montreal – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has released a virtual-reality reinvention of its multi-award-winning interactive doc Bear 71, now available free on Chrome as Bear 71 VR.

Originally launched in 2012, Bear 71 is an acclaimed interactive multi-user online experience told from the point of view of an omniscient female grizzly bear―dubbed “Bear 71” by the park rangers who track her.

Created by Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison and the NFB, Bear 71 explores how we coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance and digital information en masse.

Developed using open platform WebVR technology for greater accessibility, Bear 71 VR is now available using a Daydream-ready phone such as Pixel or Daydream View, and can also be viewed as a 2D interactive experience. It will soon be available in additional VR headsets as WebVR support expands further in Chrome and other major web browsers.

Created in collaboration with Google’s Chrome and VR teams, IDFA DocLab and Sound and Vision, Bear 71 VR has been showcased as a VR installation by the NFB at IDFA DocLab and by Google at the New Frontiers VR Bar at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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