Beard & Glasses VR was founded over a kishka and gravy and some #19’s at Langer's Deli in Los Angeles in June 2015.
Rory had fought pterodactyls on an M.C. Escher style chessboard while wearing a 15 pound headset in "Dactyl Nightmare" during the first coming of VR in the '90s. In 2015, he was given a taste of the second coming of VR by friends from the L.A. black box theater scene, who had just formed one of the first VR production companies.
Josh had experienced the seminal ethnographic VR documentary “Herders” by Felix & Paul at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was premiering the animated series he lead produced with the Duplass Brothers, "Animals.," which would soon sell for two seasons to HBO.
In May of 2018, their intimate, romantic drama “THE VISIGOTHS” premiered at The Seattle International Film Festival, and was received as “very well acted and conceived and extremely powerful.” Directed by Mitchell, produced by Polon and written by Martha Marion, they are currently developing more dramatic narratives that take advantage of Virtual Realities ability to immerse viewers in the lives of others.
On the branded side, Beard & Glasses recently produced a series of short documentaries about patient care for a major healthcare company, helping to improve patient outcomes.
They have produced VR experiences for Cascadian Farms, Facebook IQ, YouTube RED, WIRED Magazine, The Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and have consulted on or supervised VR projects for Honda, Target, Ketel One and Skybound Entertainment.
RORY MITCHELL is a filmmaker and theater director. His play “Unmoderated” was named “Best of the Fringe” at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has also directed plays at the Los Angeles Theater Center, the Elephant Theater and Human Resources L.A. As the Los Angeles producer for the collaborative PBS documentary series “One Day in the American City” from One Day on Earth, he produced 150 short docs about Los Angeles in one day. He has also directed short films for the City of Los Angeles, CicLAvia, the Los Angeles Bioscience Hub and the Echo Park Historical Society, as well as a series of action shorts featuring choreographed martial arts set-pieces and drag races through the L.A. River. In 2018, The Visigoths, an intense romantic drama in VR directed by Rory premiered at The Seattle International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles.
JOSH POLON is an independent filmmaker and producer. His documentary work has screened at Toronto International, SXSW, True/False, DOC NYC and Hot Docs, and been featured by Vimeo Staff Picks and Dazed & Confused Magazine. As a producer, he has worked with the Duplass Brothers since 2009 and most recently lead produced "Animals.," the independent animated series that premiered at Sundance 2015 and sold to HBO.
ARI MACHT is a professional television editor and producer with over 25 years experience. Instrumental in launching Al Gore’s innovative network Current TV, Ari produced, over 70 documentaries for the network. Working across all genres, from scripted and game shows to nonfiction, comedy and award shows Ari brings his keen eye and precise story telling to VR. He has developed VR projects in tourism, mind/body wellness for the retirement community and has consulted with the Holocaust Museum on an installation. A passionate VR enthusiast and collaborator Ari brings a wealth of experience to the team.
MARTHA MARION is a writer and actor based in Los Angeles. As an actor, Martha has performed at prestigious theaters in Los Angeles such as The Broad Stage and The Geffen Playhouse and has toured nationally with comedy group Lost Moon Radio and children's theatre company, The Story Pirates. She has also voiced characters in series and video games such as Star Wars: Battlefront, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft. Martha began her writing career as a poet, and the immersive play And The Drum, based on a collection of her poetry, was hailed as one of the best shows of 2016 by the L.A. Weekly. Martha has also written for TruTV's Late Night Snack's recurring sketch series, "Passive Aggressive History." Martha's first VR live action narrative, The Visigoths, was recently featured at Kaleidoscope's 2017 First Look Conference in Downtown L.A.