Fovrth Studios
Aug 12, 2017 · 3 min read
Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab 2017 Filmmakers, (Front Row: Sadah Espii Proctor, Gayatri Parameswaran, Gabriella Arp, Back Row: Armando Kirwin, Jesse Ayala, Jess Kantor, Camilla Andersson-Hjemdahl, Lindsay Branham, Ryan Hartsell. Not Pictured Fabiano Mixo)

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.

We are grateful for the generous support from Oculus, Facebook, Flight School, and all of the mentors, advisors, filmmakers and non-profits involved in this year’s program.

The 2017 VR for Good filmmakers and non-profit partners include:

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


In Harmony

by Elliot Dillman, in partnership with Harmony Project



Out of the Blue

by Sophie Ansel, in partnership with Pelagic Life


Rise Above

Ben Ross, in partnership with the New York Asian Women’s Center



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


Jesse Ayala is a creative director and principal at Fovrth Studios.

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We are #VirtualReality + independent #documentary house. We remix highly cinematic techniques with new technologies like #ar #vr #360video http://gofovrth.com

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