Creators Lab Kick-Off: Introducing VR for Good’s 2017 Filmmakers, Participants, and Advisory Board

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
June 15, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the 10 rising filmmakers selected for our 2017 Creators Lab program—and the amazing organizations they’ve been paired with to tell compelling stories and inspire social change through 360˚ filmmaking and VR.

We’ve brought the following creators and nonprofits together for a two-day summit in Los Angeles featuring workshops, brainstorming sessions, advising, and more. We’ll share more as their projects begin to take shape, but for now, we’re happy to share the 10 social good causes that this year’s program hopes to amplify.


Filmmaker: Camilla Andersson-Hjemdahl
Nonprofit: Primates Incorporated

Founded in 2004, Primates Incorporated is developing an indoor/outdoor primate sanctuary to house up to 100 rescued monkeys. The goal is to serve as a model for sustainable sanctuaries and aid in the successful retirement of monkeys from research.


Filmmaker: Gabriela Arp
Nonprofit: Life After Hate

Created by former white supremacists, Life After Hate is dedicated to helping individuals leave behind a life of violence and hatred and working with organizations to address the causes of intolerance and hatred.


Filmmaker: Jesse Ayala
Nonprofit: Pride Foundation

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Pride Foundation is a regional community organization that inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance the full equality of LGBTQ people across the American Northwest.


Filmmaker: Lindsay Branham
Nonprofit: International Justice Mission

By partnering with those working in local justice systems in the developing world to build relationships, identify weaknesses, and improve the system, the International Justice Mission helps protect impoverished populations from the systemic violence of slavery, human trafficking, and more.


Filmmaker: Ryan Hartsell
Nonprofit: Male Cancer Awareness Campaign

Leveraging the power of humor—and the visual spectacle of giant floating testicles—the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign combats embarrassment, raises awareness, and drives home the importance of early diagnosis to save lives.


Filmmaker: Jess Kantor
Nonprofit: Infinite Flow

America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, Infinite Flow performs locally and nationally to break barriers and combat stereotypes, improves access to dance instruction for people with disabilities, and promotes inclusion in the arts and everyday life.


Filmmaker: Armando Kirwin
Nonprofit: Mercy Ships

A global charity, Mercy Ships provides state-of-the-art medical care on a global scale with a fleet of hospital ships that provide free, life-saving surgeries in areas of the world where such care is virtually nonexistent.


Filmmaker: Fabiano Mixo
Nonprofit: GO Campaign

By partnering with grassroots organizations on the ground, GO Campaign improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world through initiatives to provide food, clean water, shelter, education, and more.


Filmmaker: Gayatri Parameswaran
Nonprofit: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

Working closely with mine action organizations and other human security actors, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining reclaims land for productive uses, promotes development, and saves lives.


Filmmaker: Sadah Espii Proctor
Nonprofit: Malala Fund

Advocating on a local, national, and international level, Malala Fund amplifies girls’ voices and invests in leaders and community organizations to help work toward a world where every girl can complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education.


Meet the Advisory Board
We’re also excited to announce the members of our 2017 Creators Lab Advisory Board, including a number of mentors and one of our filmmakers from the inaugural 2016 program:

Selected based on their wide range of expertise and leadership in the VR community, our advisors will be available for guidance and advice as this year’s creators work to bring their projects and corresponding causes to life.

Check out #VRforGood and #CreatorsLab for real-time updates during the summit. We look forward to seeing the transformative stories that come out of this year’s program—and the innovative ways they find to leverage VR and 360˚ film to drive meaningful social change.

— The Oculus Team