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_After Solitary

After Solitary, a collaboration between Emblematic Group and PBS’ Frontline, tells the story of Kenny Moore, a formerly incarcerated individual who spent years in solitary confinement.

2017 Cassandra Herrman,Lauren Mucciolo
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I was struck by the deep and enduring level of psychological and emotional impact extended isolation caused its subjects. “After Solitary” marries rigorous investigative reporting with cutting-edge technology that give users a visceral window into the practice of solitary confinement.

Lauren Mucciolo, co-director, to Docubase

After Solitary is a room-scale volumetric VR experience that tells the story of Kenny Moore, a former inmate of Main State Prison. This piece shares Moore’s intense psychological and emotional experience of spending years in solitary confinement, and the lasting consequences. In After Solitary, Kenny Moore’s voice narrates as users enter a 3D scanned solitary confinement cell to imagine his experience. Moore speaks of the sensory deprivation and hallucinations that came with the isolation, articulating his gradual loss of sanity as he began harming his body, writing words on the walls with his blood, and hearing imaginary voices around him. In this way, this piece deeply captures solitary confinement as an inhumane practice and how it breaks a person down beyond their control.

This piece uses photogrammetry, volumetric video capture, and a video tape of a cell extraction, in which prison guards extract a distressed inmate from his cell. This video tape marks the climactic moment of the film, demonstrating how Kenny Moore’s story is not just one unique case nor is this story just a VR experience, but a harrowing reality faced by thousands of incarcerated people today. After Solitary is also a 360-video experience available online.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2017
Author : Cassandra Herrman,Lauren Mucciolo
Producer : Emblematic Group,PBS Frontline
Team : Andrew Metz,Carla Borras,Cedric Gamelin,Dan Edge,Jonathan Yomayuza,Kevin Tsukii,Lisa Palone,Nonny de la Peña,Raney Aronson-Rath,Roshail Tarar
Developers : Emblematic Group
Designers : Emblematic Group
Exhibition Venues : AFI DOCS Film Festival,Bergen International Film Festival,Camden International Film Festival,Fotofestival Schiedam,Sao Paolo International Film Festival,Seattle International Film Festival,SXSW,World VR Forum
Awards & Nominations : Online Journalism Awards - Excellence in Immersive Storytelling,Special Mention–Virtual Reality from Social Media Impact Awards,SXSW Jury Prize for VR Room-Scale,World VR Forum Imperial Crown Award
Funders AND Incubators : Knight Foundation
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