Jess Engel

Founder, Producer at Crimes of Curiosity

Executive member since 2017
Region - United States


Jess Engel is a VR/AR Producer based in LA. She’s been the Director of Original Content at WITHIN, a technology and media company founded by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin whose mission is to define VR as a new medium for experiential storytelling. WITHIN’s most recent interactive, social VR project, Life of Us, premiered at Sundance in 2017 to much critical acclaim and is currently showing at IMAX VR theaters in LA and NY. She is currently developing an array of pioneering VR experiences with top creators across film, music, animation, and interactive.

Before joining Within, Jess produced VR in New York. Her previous projects include Fistful of Stars, a multimedia VR cosmic experience about the Hubble Telescope (BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn Festival) and Giant, an immersive VR narrative experience (2016 Sundance Film Festival). Prior to her work in VR, she was the Creative Executive at Electric City Entertainment, a film production company. There she worked on critically acclaimed films such as Matt Ross’s, Captain Fantastic, and Derek Cianfrance’s, The Place Beyond The Pines.