Jess Engel is an award-winning multidisciplinary producer focused on producing VR/AR experiences and new media content. As Founder at Crimes of Curiosity, Jess, alongside Darren Aronofsky’s company Protozoa and VR studio AtlasV, produced Eliza McNitt’s SPHERES, an interactive three-part series that explores the songs of the cosmos in virtual reality. The series stars Millie Bobby Brown, Jessica Chastain, and Patti Smith as the voice of the cosmos. SPHERES made history at the Sundance Film Festival this year as the world's first ever acquisition of a VR experience and recently won the Gran Prix in VR at the Venice Film Festival in 2018.
Prior to starting Crimes of Curiosity, Jess was the Director of Original Content at WITHIN, a leading VR/AR platform founded by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin.
Before diving into the VR/AR world, Jess worked film as the Creative Executive for Oscar Nominated Producer Lynette Howell. She worked on critically acclaimed films such as CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.
Her work has shown around the world at major festivals and institutions, including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, NYFF, The Future of Storytelling, Art Basel, and MIT.
Jess is a 2018 Emmy Awards Finalist. She has been a Sundance New Frontier fellow and advisor.