Finding Pandora X

Finding Pandora X is a live VR Theatre production featuring professional actors embodying virtual avatars and an interactive storyworld. In this immersive story, the Gods of Mount Olympus have faded away until only Zeus and Hera remain. Now they are in danger of disappearing if they can’t recover hope.

  • Kiira Benzing
    Director
    Runnin', Loveseat
  • Alyssa Landry
    Writer
    Incarna Adventures, Disneyland Paris
  • Double Eye Studios (Kiira Benzing, Alyssa Landry, Lara Bucarey, Chris Dawes)
    Producer
  • Jonathan David Martin
    Key Cast
    "Zeus"
  • Pamela Winslow Kashani
    Key Cast
    "Hera"
  • Deirdre Lyons
    Key Cast
    "Cory"
  • Joanna Popper
    Executive Producer
  • Mark Sternberg
    Technical Producer
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality, Performance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Venice International Film Festival
    Venice
    Italy
    September 2, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection, winner of Best Immersive VR User Experience
  • SXSW
    Austin, TX
    United States
    March 16, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection, Winner of the Audience Award - Virtual Cinema Spotlight
Director Biography - Kiira Benzing

Kiira Benzing is a multi-dimensional director crossing the mediums of theatre, hybrid cinema and virtual reality. She is the founder of Double Eye Studios which specializes in VR Theatre, live events and virtual production. VR credits: Finding Pandora X (VR Theater – Winner Best VR Immersive User Experience, Venice Film Festival 2020), Loveseat (VR Theater - Venice Film Festival 2019), Runnin’ starring Reggie Watts (Sundance 2019, Jury Award for Interactive at SXSW 2019), Cardboard City (XR Documentary, NYFF 2016, Samsung Gear VR) and Metropoles (multiplayer VR). Film credits: Diptych (Dance on Camera 2018), Hilda (Tribeca Film Festival 2017).

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Director Statement

The myth of Pandora feels more timely today than ever before. The power of ancient stories follows us through time. But stories are powerless without an audience. We are excited to push the Virtual Reality experience further by bringing live Broadway caliber performances to the virtual world which can be experienced by a live, virtual audience. Although our cast appears as avatars, they embody characters and enchant us with a true sense of liveness. My work has always included a focus on the power of community and social connection. Live Theatre, using Social VR gives us the ability to gather in a world that is forever changed. May this production bring hope to this current generation.