Fovrth Premieres “She Flies By Her Own Wings” at Tribeca Film Festival
The second film in Fovrth’s new VR documentary series, Authentically Us, debuted at Tribeca Film Festival 2018
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Last month, Oculus VR for Good, Pride Foundation, and Fovrth Studios premiered She Flies By Her Own Wings at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She Flies By Her Own Wings is the second 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.
She Flies By Her Own Wings is the story of Shannon Scott, a trailblazing LGBTQ civil rights defender, veteran, public servant, and businesswoman. Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” Shannon pulls the levers of democracy to urge freedom and justice for all. From her grassroots advocacy in Oregon to the marbled halls of Washington D.C., Shannon’s fight for justice honors those who championed equality before her.
The name “She Flies By Her Own Wings” is the Oregon State motto and reflects Shannon’s purpose as a member of the Oregon, the military, and the 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.
“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 premiere throughout the Spring/Summer of 2018 at film festivals — SxSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Sheffield, AFIDocFest, and more on Fovrth’s #RainbowTour! More information, including screenings and events, is available at AuthenticallyUs.com.
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