Testimony Project


TYPE
: Transmedia Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Completed

LOGLINE

Testimony is an ongoing interactive documentary for Virtual Reality that shares the stories of survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing.

SYNOPSIS

Testimony is an ongoing interactive documentary for Virtual Reality that shares the stories of survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Beyond just a film, Testimony is an advocacy platform to allow the public to bear witness to those who have been silenced.

Testimony aims to tackle the obstacles women and men still face in order to report assault and confront the legal system. The goal of the Testimony Project is to inspire those who have been silenced to speak out, while showing survivors that they are not alone.

Premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the Testimony Project launched with the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Beyond just a film, the Testimony Project will also launch a WebVR platform to allow survivors to share their experiences via video, audio, or text, resulting in the largest archive of sexual assault testimony. The goal of the platform is to raise awareness that sexual assault is an epidemic that affects us all - our friends, our family, our children. 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Rape and sexual assault are among the most under-reported crimes globally. Whether it be a flawed legal system or a society that isn't willing to listen, historically, few women have come forward with their stories. The allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and others that spurred the #metoo campaign have helped create the perfect storm of public outcry over sexual assault and issues around consent. Despite persistent victim-shaming and the discounting of their experiences, survivors are increasingly sharing their stories, empowering one another to become agents of change. 

In order to tell this story, Testimony Project employs a novel way to explore virtual space, combining interactive video and documentary storytelling to allow the viewer to participate in an immersive experience that is emotionally intense but also user controlled, offering an intimate space to listen and explore the voices that are often not heard in the media.

 

KEY CREW

ZOHAR KFIR - Director/ Producer

Zohar Kfir is a New York-based media artist working with experimental video, interactive art and VR. Her artistic practice deploys non-linear narrative to cover a wide range of topics; from more meditative experimental work to documentary interventions, combining traditional cinematic techniques with expanded interactivity. Zohar has shown her work widely in galleries festivals and conferences including Tribeca Film Festival; Transmediale; NYUFF; FACT Liverpool; Oberhausen Film Festival; SIGGRAPH; ISEA and RIDM; and reviewed in TIME Magazine; The Creators Project; Engadget; i-Docs and Forbes among others.

SELENA PINNELL - Creative Producer

Selena Pinnell is the Creative Director of Kaleidoscope, where she has produced numerous VR projects as well as high-profile events around the world. She has an extensive background in fashion and design working with clients such as BMW and Erik Hart from Hart + Lëshkina. Before she entered the VR industry, Selena owned a Pilates studio dedicated to injury rehabilitation and empowering those who had experienced trauma. As survivor herself, Selena is one of the featured participants in the Testimony project.

KALEIDOSCOPE - Executive Producer

At Kaleidoscope our mission is to give VR creators the exposure and support they need to do great work. We showcase finished projects, help secure funding for future projects, and host events around the world that explore the art, science, and business of virtual reality. In 2015 Kaleidoscope produced the first Virtual Reality Film Festival earning coverage in top publications such as The New York Times, LA Times, and VICE. Partnering with Wired magazine and Wevr Transport, Kaleidoscope has since produced more than 20 high-profile events, in 5 continents, for over 10,000 attendees. Projects discovered by Kaleidoscope routinely go on to screen at major festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes, and the artists in our community are widely recognized as some of the most innovative voices in virtual reality today.

Josephine Wiggs - Original Composition

Josephine Wiggs is a multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as bassist and a founding member of The Breeders with whom she has recorded three albums, including an upcoming new release. She has made two albums with Jon Mattock (Spacemen3/Spiritualized), and another with Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson). Since 2001, she has also written music for dance performance, art installations, short films, and feature-length films. This is her fourth collaboration with filmmaker Zohar Kfir.

Dpt - Design and Development

We are a digital creative studio consisting of designers, coders, producers and strategists. We take an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to creating rich and unique interactive experiences that resonate with the public. Our award winning projects are the result of a commitment to relentless research and development, applied to creative and design-oriented solutions for the web, mobiles and interactive installations

 

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ACCOLADES

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2018
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World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival 2017
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Testimony was selected by Time as one of the 4 best VR experiences at Tribeca

 

UPDATE - December 18, 2017

Zohar Kfir on interactive VR project Testimony

UPDATE - December 18, 2017

Telling Stories of Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Journey To Healing in VR

UPDATE - December 18, 2017

#541: Bearing Witness to Sexual Assault Stories & Healing from Trauma with “Testimony”

UPDATE - December 18, 2017

The 4 Best Virtual Reality Experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival

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