- Directors: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons, Nonny de la Peña
- Type: Special Events, Virtual Reality
- Year: 2017
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Length: 7 Minutes
- Screening: Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 12PM-4PM
Please Note This Event is Free
Across the Line is an immersive virtual reality experience to put viewers in the shoes of a patient entering a health center for a safe and legal abortion. Using real audio gathered at protests, scripted scenes, and documentary footage, the film is a powerful hybrid documentary-fiction depiction of the gauntlet that many abortion providers, health center staff, and patients must walk on a typical day in America.
Date: Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 12PM-4PM
Location: Glicker Milstein Theater Lounge, Diana Center LL200
Nonny de la Peña has been called The Godmother of Virtual Reality by Engadget and The Guardian, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. A graduate of Harvard University and a former correspondent for Newsweek, de la Peña has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film and TV. Her virtual reality work has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change.
Brad Lichtenstein founded 371 Productions in 2003 when he moved from New York City to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 371 makes film, radio and technology projects that contribute to the common good. From the emmy-nominated feature doc As Goes Janesville, to the Dupont award-winning film Ghosts of Attica, dubbed “a political thriller” by the New York Times, to the Independent Lens documentary about aging, Almost Home, Brad is known for intimate, engaging documentary storytelling. 371’s radio series on gun violence, Precious Lives, was recently selected as one of 15 “Localore” public radio projects be further developed through an innovation lab led by AIR. His corporate accountability app, BizVizz (iPhone) is used by over 32,000 people. . Before 371, Brad worked with Bill Moyers and Lumiere Productions. He also founded doc|UWM, a documentary center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work is routinely supported by partners ranging from PBS and other networks to the Ford and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations. With Jeff Fitzsimmons, he recently founded Custom Reality Services, a brand new virtual reality company.
Jeff Fitzsimmons is an author, artist, technologist, entrepreneur and co-founder of the VR company Custom Reality Services. His work life has gone from pioneering video maker in Seattle’s grunge scene to founder of HarQen, a next-generation voice technology company. He’s created Sony’s massive Playstation tradeshow booth and been chief creative officer for Caffeine Communications—a guerilla marketing firm. Besides Across the Line, Jeff has made Third Wheel, a VR comedy.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high quality, affordable healthcare for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgement. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we are passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Please Note This Event is Free