The Vote NEVERDIE President of Virtual Reality campaign is now fully underway, Christmas is over and it’s time to get out into the world and explain to people why they need a President of Virtual Reality. So the first stop on the Campaign Tour is The Slamdance film festival in Park City Utah. Slamdance was co-founded by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter who were on a mission to shed light on Movies that People didn’t know they needed to see. Fortunately for the World over the years Slamdance was there to discover among others; directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), and Lena Dunham (Girls). Slamdance also attracts renowned alumni including Larry Clark, Steven Soderbergh and Johnathan Demme.
I started making movies in 1985 and made 11 short films, some of which played at major international film festivals including Cannes. I made my first indie feature films in 1992 and spent the next decade working with passionate indie filmmakers. Getting those Movies made was always a miracle, but marketing them was the true mountain to climb. So I have the utmost respect for the founders and staff of Slamdance who provide an important platform in the all important process of getting films out into the world
My alter ego NEVERDIE was first born in a screenplay I wrote called Role-Player back in 1999, the story was inspired by all the late nights I had spent playing single player RPG’s like Wizardry, Ultima and Bards Tale and the first ever MMORPG’s Ultima Online and Everquest. While I was trying to get the film off the ground I heard about (Project Entropia) Entropia Universe which was very much like the virtual World envisioned in my screenplay. I created my Avatar Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs in thefirst public Beta in 2002 and over the next 10 years much of what I had written in my screenplay came true in Reality. In 2008 I started NEVERDIE Studios to create Music and Movie destinations in Virtual Reality. In 2011 NEVERDIE Studios Partnered with NBC Universal and we Produced Hunt The THING a Virtual Reality adventure to coincide with the release of the movie The THING. In 2015 in Partnership with Universal we released a Virtual Reality KING KONG trilogy that introduces ZOMBIE KONG that has been a great success in ROCKtropia and a driving force in the continued growth of the POPtropia Virtual World.
Coming from a humble indie film background it has been a real thrill to work with a Major Movie Studio such as Universal on Iconic titles like KING KONG and the THING and I feel that Movies will continue to be an integral part of the growth of Virtual Reality, infact most of us probably want to live in Virtual Worlds that originated in movies.
Another good reason to Vote NEVERDIE for the President of Virtual Reality.