LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Fovrth Studios’s Jesse Ayala is selected as a one of 10 rising filmmakers for the 2017 Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab. The lab partners VR filmmakers with non-profits to tell stories through the new medium. Ayala’s partnership is with Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest.
For the past 11 years, Washington has upheld progressive statewide non-discrimination laws protecting members of the LGBTQ community. As Pride Foundation enters its 30th year of creating change, Ayala and the foundation seek to highlight experiences of the transgender community within Washington state, exploring how government policies, identity, and social norms impact choices and equality.
Ayala is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated partner advocating daily for expanding civil rights and looks to Pride Foundation’s expertise to create a respectfully immersive experience in hopes of creating deeper empathy amongst allies and the general cis-gender community. In addition to the partnership the program has dedicated mentors and advisors to help craft the experiences in compelling ways using the latest technology and storytelling methods. The mentors are from such leading organizations in VR such as Within, Boabab Studios, Lightshed, Flight School, Tribeca Film Festival, RYOT, Variable Labs, Facebook and more.
The 2017 VR for Good filmmakers and non-profit partners include:
- Camilla Andersson-Hjemdahl + Primates Incorporated,
- Gabriela Arp + Life After Hate,
- Jesse Ayala + Pride Foundation,
- Lindsay Branham + International Justice Mission,
- Ryan Hartsell + Male Cancer Awareness Campaign,
- Jess Kantor + Infinite Flow,
- Armando Kirwin + Mercy Ships,
- Fabiano Mixo + GO Campaign,
- Gayatri Parameswaran + Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining,
- Sadah Espii Proctor + Malala Fund
Last year’s 2016 inaugural class of the VR for Good Creators Lab produced impressive and thoughtful pieces of work, many premiering at Tribeca, Sundance and other top festivals. Below are the videos from the 2016 creators.
The 2016 VR for Good Films
Amor De Abuela| A Grandmother’s Love
by Jessie Hughes, in partnership with Global Brightlight Foundation
by Elliot Dillman, in partnership with Harmony Project
Notes from my Father
Jayisha Patel, in partnership with My Choices Foundation
Out of the Blue
by Sophie Ansel, in partnership with Pelagic Life
Ben Ross, in partnership with the New York Asian Women’s Center
See Beyond Labels
Sarah Hill, in partnership with Love Has No Labels
Step to the Line
Ricardo Laganaro, in partnership with Defy Ventures
Use Your Imagination
by Roberto Drilea, in partnership with Spectrum Laboratory
Women on the Move
by Shannon Carroll, in partnership with CARE