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Jessica Brillhart

Vrai Pictures
Jessica Brillhart is an immersive director, writer, and theorist who is widely known for her pioneering work in virtual reality. She is the founder of the mixed reality studio, Vrai Pictures. Previously, Brillhart was the Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google where she worked with engineers to develop Google Jump, a virtual reality live-action ecosystem. Since then, Brillhart has made a range of highly acclaimed immersive experiences, working with such groups as NASA, Bose, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Googleʼs Artists and Machine Intelligence program, the Montreal Canadiens, Frank Gehry, and (unofficially) Weather Channel. Her work explores the potential of immersive mediums while also diving into a number of important medium and media-related issues, such as access, disability, and cultural representation.

Brillhart has take the stage at Google IO, Oculus Connect, FMX, and the New Yorker Tech Fest; she has worked as an advisor for Sundance New Frontiers, the Independent Film Project (IFP), and Electric South; and has been a judge for World Press Photo. ADC Young Guns, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Her Medium publication, In the Blink of a Mind, has been used by universities, master classes, and creators all over the world.

She was recognized as a pioneer in the field of immersive technology and entertainment by MIT and was part of their TR35 list in 2017. Most recently, Brillhart delivered the Convergence Keynote at SXSW 2019 and launched a spatial audio platform, Traverse, which won SXSW’s Special Jury Prize for The Future of Experience.

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