World Premiere of GIRL ICON at SXSW 2019 Film Festival

Official ‘Girl Icon’ Poster by  Gary Claire

Official ‘Girl Icon’ Poster by Gary Claire

Our Malala Fund Virtual Reality documentary GIRL ICON has its world premiere at SXSW in March. Created by Espii Studios & little GIANT Wolf , directed by Sadah Espii Proctor and produced by our own Skye Von for the Malala Fund and Oculus's VR for Good.

Director of ‘Girl Icon' Sadah Espii Proctor (Espii Studios) & Producer of ‘Girl Icon' Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf)

Director of ‘Girl Icon' Sadah Espii Proctor (Espii Studios) & Producer of ‘Girl Icon' Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf)

The film is an experimental VR documentary about Rani, the girl child from a family relegated to washing clothes because of caste in Varanasi determined to get an education.

“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want," says 17-year-old Rani, from Varanasi, India.

Rani with fellow students

Rani with fellow students

Her family has been destined to wash clothing by the caste culture of their society. But growing up in a community that believes girls should stay at home, do chores, and get married, doesn't stop her. Rani is determined to finish school and go to college. As we follow Rani, she gives us an intimate glimpse of her hopes, frustrations, and dreams.

Rani takes karate in hopes to get string because she wants to become an Army Officer.

Rani takes karate in hopes to get string because she wants to become an Army Officer.

This project is part of the Oculus's VR for Good. Creators Lab program in partnership with Malala Fund and Milaan Foundation. Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab is an initiative designed to support content creators, impact innovators and inspire partners who see virtual reality as a way to make the world a better place.

The Girl Icon team in Varanasi - (right to left) Sadah Espii Proctor (Espii Studios), Bhumika Regmi (Malala Fund), Natalie Au (Espii Studios), Rani Kanaujia, Laura Cunningham, Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf), Taposh Roy (Milaan Foundation)

The Girl Icon team in Varanasi - (right to left) Sadah Espii Proctor (Espii Studios), Bhumika Regmi (Malala Fund), Natalie Au (Espii Studios), Rani Kanaujia, Laura Cunningham, Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf), Taposh Roy (Milaan Foundation)

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this film!

Created by Espii Studios & little GIANT Wolf

Director: Sadah Espii Proctor / Espii Studios

Producer: Skye Von / little GIANT Wolf

Executive Producer: Amy Seidenwurm / Oculus

Producer: Lauren Burmaster / Oculus

Producer: Paula Cuneo / Oculus

360 Production Sound Recordist: Laura Cunningham

Director of Photography: Sadah Espii Proctor

India Production Coordinator: Taposh Roy / Milaan Foundation

Production/Camera Assistant: Natalie Au

Production Assistant: Rahul Verma

Post Supervisor: Skye Von / little GIANT Wolf

Editor: Jhernie Evangelista / Temme Media

Editor: Lucia Galindo Martinez

Assistant Editor : Jeremy Gross

Quill Animator: Micah Milner / Art 404

360 Spatial Audio Mix: Maria Claudia Mora

Audio Mix: Tovi Rodríguez / BtOVEN MUSIC

Music: Arian Saleh

Score: Susmita Chakraborty & Sandip Bhattacharjee

Voice Over Actor: Kuhoo Verma

Post Production: Flight School

Executive Producer: Taylor Williams

Producer: Julia Gibson

Lead Stitching Artist: Matt Stocks

Stitching Artists: Syngman Pyun, Ryan Hartsell

VFX Artist Laychin Lee, Mike Roy

Colorist: Laychin Lee

Stereo Graphics: Ryan Hartsell

Audio QC: Frank Pittenger

Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf) setting up and testing for the bike camera shot

Skye Von (little GIANT Wolf) setting up and testing for the bike camera shot

Shot with Insta360 Pro and LucidCam cameras

Production support: Radiant Images

Oculus partners in VR For Good: Radiant Images, Flight School, Insta360

Sadah Espii Proctor & Natalie Au (Espii Studios)

Sadah Espii Proctor & Natalie Au (Espii Studios)

We would like to thank:

Shubhra Prakash, Bhumika Regmi, Hannah Orenstein, Sunita Sharma, Eli Rai, Alyssa Newlon, Sybil Steele, Pulkit Datta, Nonita Verma, Richa Rudola, Simon Taufique, Subhi, Estella Cisco-Dalrymple, Robert Dalrymple, Keith Proctor, Ingrid Knight, Joyous Pierce, Hardware Hack Lab, J. Dakota Powell, Safi Thomas, Yvonne Chow, Maria Fraguas Jover, April Yvette Thompson, Ron Simons, Stacey Matthew, Kari Margolis, Tony Brown, Bob Leonard, Ann Kilkelly, Bob McGrath, Wi-Moto Nyoka, Michaela Holland, Helen Situ, Jenn Duong, Vernon Jordan III, Scott Kleinberger, Nate Hamlin, Stina Hamlin.

SXSW SCHEDULE:

VIRTUAL CINEMA
JW MARRIOTT
GRIFFIN HALL

Mar 11-13, 2019

11:00am —6:00pm


We hope to see you in Austin for the world premiere of GIRL ICON 🐺

Rani walking through her hometown Varanasi

Rani walking through her hometown Varanasi

Photos © Skye Von