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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

Funky Fungi VR Glasses

by: Little GIANT Wolf

Often, nature and technology can be seen as being at odds with each other. Technology is man-made, cold, inherently unnatural; often invoking images of steel or plastic while nature stands there alive, edible and self replicating. Can you imagine using a vegan iPhone, or electrical cords as regenerative vines? The images are almost irreconcilable and defy you to choose: technology or nature.  Enter Angelina Aleksandrovich, one of the many artists/creators out there whose work combines the two seemingly irreconcilable elements.

Image Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/landing-page

Image Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/landing-page

Angelina Aleksandrovich’s graduation project “The Future Material” addresses our use of materials in the advancing, designing, and manufacturing of technology. More precisely, it looks at the dilemma faced by an infinitely advancing technology inside of a finite, non-renewable source for the materials used to create it? The idea behind "The Future Material" is accessing plants such as fungi to manufacture VR/AR technology. It's not quite a vegan iPhone, but a VR headset made out of mushrooms is pretty far out there, innovatively. We at little GIANT Wolf love when creators, specifically powerful women, introduce us to innovative technology that also champions environmental issues.

mage Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/future-material

mage Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/future-material

For those unaware of who Aleksandrovich is, she is a freelance creator and producer who specializes in immersive experiences. She founded Alex&Rovich, an independent creative and design consultancy in June 2015. Shortly after graduating with First Class Honors from the University of the Arts London in 2016, Aleksandrovich has worked with brands such as Dove and Adidas to create “brand experiences” for new advertisements. On her webpage, she simply states: “I’m interested in the inter-discipline subjects and in the fusion of science, technology, art, and fashion.”

Image Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/future-material

Image Source: https://aleksandrovich.co.uk/future-material

Her first published work was “The Future Material” (2016) as previously mentioned. Aleksandrovich created a mobile VR headset grown out of fungi mycelium to demonstrate the wide range of fungi use that is underutilized. The Fungi VR headset was presented at the  2016 Chelsea College of Art & Design Graduation Show that ran from June 17 to June 25. The actual device grew live during the show and a 360-degree film was shown alongside it to demonstrate her research and the new applications for Fungi that were discovered.

For more information on Angelina Aleksandrovich and her VR/AR work, please check out her company alecks&rovich with this link.