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_Out of Exile

‘Out of Exile’ puts viewers in the middle of an emotionally charged encounter that ensued after Daniel came out as gay to his family.

2017 Nonny de la Peña
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“It’s a journalistic story, right, it’s a real story…But then when you go in and you try to put people on the scene and make them really understand what’s going on, you have a much better possibility of creating a bridge.”

Nonny de la Peña, author

Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story is the latest project from VR and “immersive journalism” pioneer Nonny de la Peña. Using the real audio recorded by teenager Daniel Ashley Pierce in 2014, this piece creates an animated interactive experience that puts viewers in the middle of the emotionally charged and violent encounter that ensued after Pierce came out as gay to his family. Pierce’s family subsequently kicked him out of their home. The experience ends with testimony from him and other LGBTQ homeless youth, rendered in holograms created by using the technique of videogrammetry, sharing their experiences.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2017
Author : Nonny de la Peña
Producer : Julie Young
Team : Alec Fredericks,Cedric Gamelin,Domi Piturro,Eren Aksu,Gingger Shankar,Ivana Coleman,Mimi Tran,Tim Gedemer,Trey Lynne
Developers : Alex Batty,Jonathan Yomayuza
Designers : 8i,Danimation,Mocap Militia,Mocap Now,Technoprops
Exhibition Venues : Sundance New Frontier
Funders AND Incubators : True Colors Fund
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