Across the Line is an immersive virtual reality experience that combines 360° video and computer-generated imaging to put viewers in the shoes of a patient entering a health center for a safe and legal abortion and the bullying and harassment that sometimes happens outside.


About Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña is regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in virtual and augmented reality. A Wired Magazine #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change, she has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian. Additionally, Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling. As CEO of Emblematic Group, her digital reality media company, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell stories that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. Emblematic is also pushing the envelope with branded content and an experiential volumetric search platform.

From positional goggles to hand controllers, Emblematic has constantly innovated in the field. A winner of the Knight Innovation Award, New America Fellow, and Yale Poynter Media Fellow, de la Peña is widely credited with creating the genre of immersive journalism. Currently a member of the BAFTA virtual reality board, she is a former correspondent for Newsweek and her virtual reality work has been featured by the New York Times, BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change. She has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film, and TV, and has used her broad knowledge to innovate in this burgeoning field. Her spatial narratives are regularly met with critical acclaim.


Director’s Statement

Once we began to research and compile nonfiction footage and audio for this piece, we saw a consistent pattern of intimidation and provocation by protesters. By putting the audience on scene, it offers an intimate and visceral understanding of what thousands of women face when they seek care at a Planned Parenthood. This virtual reality piece allows viewers the harrowing experience of trying to make it “across the line.”