The Rose and I


New Frontier Exhibition
573 Main St.
Friday, January 22–Friday, January 29, 1:00–8:00 p.m.


New Frontier Gateway
136 Heber Ave.
Friday, January 22–Friday, January 29, 5:30–8:00 p.m. VR BAR
Saturday, January 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Veterans from Pixar, Dreamworks, and Oculus have created this wondrous and delightfully handcrafted animation that transports the viewer to the middle of the solar system where they meet a beautiful Rose living on a clay planet with a little boy who nourishes the flower with water and love. The Rose and I is about loneliness, friendship, love, and loss for all ages.

YEAR 2015

SECTION NF VR Experience


RUN TIME 5 min

COMPANY Penrose Studios




Artist Bio

Eugene Chung

Eugene Chung is a film director and founder of Penrose, a startup focused on augmented reality and VR. He was the head of film and media at Oculus VR, where he co-created Story Studio, which brought together storytellers and artists from Pixar. Prior to that, he was with New Enterprise Associates and Pixar Animation Studios. He holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley and Harvard.

Jimmy Maidens

Jimmy Maidens is a veteran CG filmmaker who served as a technical lead and artist at Dreamworks for over 12 years on films such as the Shrek and Madagascar series. As a CG generalist, his areas of expertise include lighting, modeling, animation, FX, coding, scripting, rendering, and concept art. Maidens is a VR enthusiast and has amassed a large VR headset collection over several decades.

Alex Woo

Alex Woo is a story artist at Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Ratatouille, Wall-E, and Cars 2. He also directed and produced the short film Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher, which won a 2004 Student Academy Award.