Fovrth Premieres “We’re Still Here” at SxSW Film Festival 2018
The first film in Fovrth’s new VR documentary series, Authentically Us, debuted in South by Southwest 2018
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Last week, Oculus VR for Good, Pride Foundation, and Fovrth Studios premiered We’re Still Here at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival. We’re Still Here is the first film in Fovrth’s new VR documentary series, Authentically Us, which bring viewers into the lives of transgender and gender diverse Americans, who, through living authentically, are enriching our communities across the United States.
We’re Still Here follows the story of Aiden Crawford, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, who struggles to preserve and revive his heritage in a race against time.
Two Spirit is a cultural term describing the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles across First Nations throughout North America. Today, few Two-Spirit elders remain active across North American First Nations, and Aiden’s story represents the intergenerational struggle to learn, educate, and pass down the wisdom of his First Nations Two Spirit elders.
The name “We’re Still Here” is an anglicization of the Idaho State motto and reflects Aiden’s purpose as a member of both Idaho and LGBTQ+ communities.
The film is directed by Jesse (Jesus) Ayala of Fovrth Studios. The Authentically Us series is co-produced by Oculus VR for Good, a creators’ lab leveraging Virtual Reality technology and storytelling to tell stories about social issues across the world, and Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation committed to making the world safer and better for LGBTQ people across the Northwest.
“Our organization is excited by the opportunity to utilize innovative storytelling tools to offer a broad audience of people the experience of connecting with a transgender person — because we know that this connection helps build empathy, and ultimately changes hearts and minds.” — Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation Chief Executive Officer
Authentically Us was developed to show the diversity within the transgender community and to use interactive technological tools to build empathy and advance equality. In the summer of 2017, Fovrth announced an open casting call for transgender people to star as leads in the series. After receiving overwhelming interest in the project and conducting over 100 interviews, Fovrth and Pride Foundation identified three subjects with compelling stories to tell. The series’ leads represent diversity across socio-economic, ethnic, racial, age, and geographic location.
“As a gay man, I believe it is important for LGBTQ people to stand together on behalf of every single person in our community. Our community’s diversity is what makes us strong and has helped us advance equality in love, work, and society at large. Yet much work still remains for everyone within our community to feel safe and respected.” — Jesse Ayala, Director of Authentically Us
The series highlight the importance of transgender equality in the workplace, the integral role transgender people play in our our communities, and that transgender people have always been in our society — that they are our neighbors, family, and friends. These stories demonstrate the diversity of the transgender community, while recognizing that there are many stories about the rich and varied life of transgender people in America.
The full-length films will be premiere throughout the Spring of 2018 at film festivals. More information is available at AuthenticallyUs.com.
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