Mario Kenyon is an innovative new talent in the industry, beginning his career in theater and transitioning to producing feature films and VR. Mario graduated with honors from USC with degrees in Film & Television Critical Studies, Philosophy and a concentration in Biology. He has produced and directed several domestic and international projects including his most recent feature, Are We Not Cats, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.
He is currently Head of Production at Furious M and focused on VR after coming across the technology a few years ago. He was initially drawn to the space through his curiosity of the connection between VR and neuroscience. He is now invested in telling new and unique stories using his understanding of the science behind it and how the brain responds differently to VR.
Additionally, he hopes to positively shape the way VR is consumed by the public which lead him to his work on the revolutionary VR series DEFROST which included an immersive installation that included smells and human touch. He is currently working with The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland to construct experimental paradigms that test how presence and character embodiment in VR narratives affect the physiological and cognitive mental states. He hopes to create more VR narratives in the future that explore embodiment and question the nature of the “self.”