3. Spotlight: Women in VR - Rachel Bracker
By Alice Bonasio
Rachel Bracker is a VR filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon who routinely channels her passion for diversity into compelling immersive storytelling. She has created several immersive films as a director, editor, and producer with 360 Labs. Their stories have brought viewers to the heart of the Grand Canyon, the epicenter of a forest fire, and into the living room of the world’s oldest drag queen.
Rachel is committed to making VR more diverse and accessible for all and works as an instructor at NW Documentary where she teaches a workshop to help people from all backgrounds and experience levels create their own 360 documentary films. She previously directed the award-winning Vanport Mosaic and directed the five-part series "The 26%: Women Speak Out on Tech's Diversity Crisis" for Recode and her videos have been featured by the New York Times Magazine, Upworthy, NationSwell, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
For her latest project, "With the Wind and the Stars," Rachel has taken to the skies with her 360 camera. She’s combined Virtual Reality, documentary storytelling, aviation, and feminism into an immersive docuseries that immerses viewers into the lives of diverse pilots to inspire them to pursue their dreams, whether that's in the sky or on the ground.
She hopes to distribute With the Wind and the Stars on all VR platforms, but will start with grass-roots community screenings. Supported by her local Ninety-Nines chapter (an international organization of female pilots first led by Amelia Earhart in 1929) she wants her VR screenings to combine the films with networking and career opportunities for women looking to get into the world of aviation.
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