AFI DOC Fest Discussion Growing Pains: Virtual Reality, Documentary, and a Search for Answers

Authentically Us Director Jesse (Jesus) Ayala joins Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor of Communications Studies, American University, Courtney Cogburn, Asst. Professor, Colombia University School of Social Work, John Martin, Director of Production, Conservation International, and Elise Pearlstein, SVP, Documentary Film and TV, Participant Media in conversation. Watch on Facebook Live here >

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The Inaugural North Bend Film Festival Opens Its Doors With an Intriguing First Wave

North Bend, WA is home to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and now it’s welcoming a promising new film festival too.  A new fest kid on the block makes its debut later this summer with The North Bend Film Festival, and in addition to finding a home in a cool little town (and the historic North Bend Theatre) and being organized by some ridiculously fantastic people their first wave of titles offers an eclectic blend of features, VR experiences, and more. Read More > 

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Facebook HQ Launches LGBTQ+ Pride Month with AUTHENTICALLY US

MENLO PARK, CA. — LGBTQ+ Pride Month launched at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park with a showcase of Authentically Us: Voices from the Transgender Community. Oculus hosted a pride-filled event for the Pride@Facebook community and allies. The festivities featured Oculus Go screenings of the Authentically Us series to the Facebook, Oculus, and Instagram communities, with many participants seeing the films for the first time. Read More >

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Director Jesse Ayala to Speak at Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities Summit

Better Known Truths - Considering Creative Practice (11:10)
Speakers: Charlotte MikkelborgJesse (Jesus) AyalaGabriela Arp  Moderator: Gaylene Gould
Stories of the present day that you need to see. Meet three exceptional makers whose work is featured in Better Known Truths, Alternate Realities’ 360º documentary showcase. A three part session containing enlightening presentations and a group discussion with the artists about the importance of portrayal and representation to their work. Read More > 

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"Pride Not Prejudice: LGBTQ Activists Using VR to Open Minds and Hearts" Panel Announced At AWE 2018 featuring the Authentically Us creators

Pride Foundation aims to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the U.S. Northwest. A year ago, Oculus welcomed Pride Foundation and filmmaker Jesse Ayala to the VR For Good Creators Lab program, and the ensuing series called “Authentically Us” provides an introduction to three people in the transgender community.

Join Paula Cuneo (Partner & Strategic Marketing Director, Oculus), Jesse Ayala (Director, Fovrth Studios) and Jeremiah Allen (Project Director, Pride Foundation) 

In this session, Pride Foundation filmmakers will explore the impact of their work using 360-video, and share insights for creators and story-tellers who want to partner with nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to address social issues. Read More > 

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AFI Doc Fest Announces 2018 Festival Lineup

AFI DOCS has announced its full slate of films for 2018 — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the American Film Institute’s five-day documentary film festival in the nation’s capital. The 16th edition will showcase 92 films representing 22 countries — including five world premieres, one international premiere, one North American premiere, eight U.S. premieres and four East Coast premieres.  This includes films in the VR showcase, which invites audiences to participate in immersive virtual reality experiences that represent the cutting edge of documentary storytelling.  AFI DOCS 2018 runs June 13–17 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD. Read More > 

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 Alternate Realities Program Announced

We invite you to experience 360º documentary collaboratively in our Better Known Truths section of the Alternate Realities exhibition. Coalesce and immerse yourself in stories of love, loss and hope. Engage with stories of our present day that are essential, urgent, enlightening and often heartbreaking. Featured projects in this section include Authentically Us: We're Still Here , This Is Climate Change: Feast & Famine and Yemen's Skies of Terror. Visit the Better Known Truths. Read More > 

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Authentically Us Films Premiere at Cannes 2018

Authentically Us films "We're Still Here" and "She Flies by Her Own Wings" to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2018. The films join several other leading films in the VR space ranging from graphic novels, cinematic VR and interactive storytelling. The films are presented as part of VRROOM's presentation and in the NEXT Library. Read More > 

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This Groundbreaking Film Puts Viewers in the Shoes of Trans Soldiers Impacted by Trump’s Military Ban

In one of the most haunting scenes from “She Flies by Her Own Wings,” Shannon Scott walks alone through a graveyard. As she explains in voiceover, the site is home to the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., where she visits the burial places of gay soldiers who have been laid to rest. One headstone, outfitted with two pink triangles pointing different directions, proclaims: “A proud, gay Vietnam veteran.” Read More >

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Jesse Ayala speaking at Cannes Film Festival on Producing Stories In VR

Join VRRoom hosts leaders in the VR storytelling at Cannes to discuss "Producing stories in virtual reality from concept and production, to marketing and distribution.

Pasha Shapiro, Co-Director, Masters Of The Sun (Sundance 2018) - USA
Ernst Weber, Co-Director, Masters Of The Sun (Sundance 2018) - USA
Martin TaylorStartVR, Director (creator of "Awake" series / SXSW 2018 ) - Australia
Jesse Ayala, Director & Producer at Fovrth Studios ("She Flies By Her Own Wings" (Tribeca 2018), "We're Still Here" (SXSW 2018) - USA
Gilles Freissinier, Digital Director at arte France

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GLAAD Interviews the Authentically US Director Jesse Ayala, Producer Jeremiah Allen, and Star Shannon Scott at Tribeca 2018

GLAAD’s Ross Murray catches up with director Jesse Ayala Jr., subject Shannon Scott, and producer Jeremiah Allen to discuss "Authentically Us,” a 3-part virtual reality project done in conjunction with OculusVR for Good and Pride Foundation that showcases the diversity within the transgender community and uses interactive technological tools to build empathy and advance equality. Part 2 of the project, "She Flies By Her Own Wings,” makes its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Watch Now >

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Tribeca Talks: The future of Film: Education and Advocacy in VR features Authentically Us Executive Producer Amy Seidenwurm

Virtual Reality is creating new and unique opportunities for teachers, creators, advocates and audiences to connect in meaningful ways. Leaders in the field will show how VR is forging new means to immerse its viewers in issues in order to inspire, educate and effect change. Panelists include the creator of SPHERES: Pale Blue Dot, Eliza McNitt, the co-creator of 1000 Cut Journey, Courtney Cogburn, Executive Producer of Oculus VR for Good, Amy Seidenwurm, and the executive producer of This is Climate Change and senior VP of and TV and Film at Participant Media, Elise PearlsteinTuesday, 4/24 @2:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub. Read More 

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