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 the past year Beard & Glasses has produced VR content for major commercial and non-profit brands; released a series of 360° short doc portraits of Los Angeles' first Public Art Biennial promoting conservation of the L.A. River; and completed their first narrative shorts for the 2017 festival circuit. Their development slate includes 360° docu-series, animation, genre pieces, and various interactive experiences.
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.
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.