Scenic is a new Virtual Reality content studio based in Brooklyn. We’re a team of award-winning documentary filmmakers and visual artists using immersive VR technology to explore new directions in non-fiction storytelling.
We’re creating original VR documentaries and series that you can watch here on our site and through exclusive distribution partners. Our films are viewable on Google Cardboard and Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other VR platforms.
Our first batch of VR docs was recently released in collaboration with the Wall Street Journal and Google. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for news and updates on our forthcoming work, or contact us about collaborating.
Gary Hustwit (CEO / Creative Director) has produced 12 feature documentaries, starting with the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco in 2002. He is the director of the design documentaries Helvetica (2007), Objectified (2009), and Urbanized (2011). Gary’s films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. His latest project, Workplace, about the future of the office, premiered at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Gary was Vice President for New Media of the website Salon.com, and started the indie film distribution company Plexifilm. He's been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.
Jessica Edwards (Executive VP) has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her first feature-length documentary, Mavis!, about soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers, premiered on HBO in February, 2016 and was awarded a Peabody for distinguished achievement in documentary filmmaking. Her award-winning debut short Seltzer Works premiered at SxSW and was broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2010. As a publicist, she's worked with filmmakers Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, The Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Miranda July, and Sofia Coppola, among others. Her films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and IDFA.
Jarrard Cole (VP, Content) is an Emmy-nominated director and virtual reality creator. Previously, he was an Executive Producer at The Wall Street Journal where he launched virtual reality storytelling for the WSJ and produced its first-ever 360º videos. He has filmed and produced more than 15 virtual reality projects on topics ranging from aging in Tokyo to the peace process in Colombia to how the show "Modern Family" gets made. Jarrard worked on the paper's enterprise projects for five years, contributing to award-wining investigations and series. His 2013 project, "Prescribed," detailing the effects of Obamacare, earned WSJ its first Emmy nomination.
Maya Tippett (Technical Director) oversees VR production at Scenic, and has been involved in capturing and post-production work on over a dozen VR pieces. Prior to Scenic, she was associate editor on the documentary Mavis! (HBO). She's also co-directing a short documentary along with Rachel Mills (Mavis!, A Matter of Taste). An alumni of Pratt Institute's film and video program, her first short documentary Worse than the Demon (2013) was about her father, visual effects pioneer Phil Tippett.
Amir Bar-Lev (Producer / Director) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. His directorial credits include Fighter (2001), My Kid Could Paint That (2007), the Emmy Award winning The Tillman Story (2010), and Happy Valley (2014). Bar-Lev also directed the music documentary ReGeneration (2011) starring Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Mark Ronson, and the concert film 12.12.12., (2013) starring Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones. Amir also co-produced the 2009 Academy Award Nominee and Sundance Film Festival Winner Trouble The Water. His latest film is Long Strange Trip, an epic music documentary about the Grateful Dead.
Marshall Curry (Producer / Director) is a two-time Academy Award nominated documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. His films cover a wide range of interests and include Street Fight, about Cory Booker's run for mayor of Newark, NJ; Racing Dreams, which tells the story of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which chronicles a radical environmental group; and Point and Shoot, about an American who leaves home to join the Libyan revolution. Marshall's films have won top honors at Tribeca and Sundance and have played in theaters and on television around the world.
Heidi Ewing (Producer / Director) is the co-director of Jesus Camp (Oscar nominee), The Boys of Baraka (Emmy nominee) 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and DETROPIA (Sundance and Emmy winner). Most recently Ewing co-directed Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, which premiered as the opening night film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Heidi is currently at work on The Arrivals, an innovative film about two successful New York City immigrants searching for a path to legalization. Heidi is a member of the Directors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Liz Garbus (Producer / Director) is a two-time Oscar Nominee, Grammy Nominee, Emmy Winner, and DGA-Nominated director. Garbus’ most recent film, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (HBO) had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January. Her previous film, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Liz's past work includes Love, Marilyn, and Bobby Fischer Against the World. Her first documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1998.
Rachel Grady (Producer / Director) is the co-director of the Academy Award nominated documentary Jesus Camp, that chronicles the Evangelical movement through the eyes of children. Grady also co-directed The Boys of Baraka, which won a NAACP Image Award. Grady won a Peabody Award for 12th & Delaware, and co-directed DETROPIA, an arresting exploration of Detroit City. The film won an Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Emmy. Grady resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Sam Green (Producer / Director) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Sam was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 feature-length film The Weather Underground. His most recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things, (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo) (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack. Green is also a prolific maker of short documentaries, including: The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, lot 63, grave c, Pie Fight ’69 (directed with Christian Bruno), N-Judah 5:30, and The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie (directed with Sarah Jacobson).
Dawn Porter (Producer / Director) is a documentary filmmaker whose first feature, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award in 2013 and was later broadcast on HBO. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit award and an Emmy. Dawn’s other films have appeared on PBS’s Independent Lens, OWN and the Discovery Channel. Her latest project, Trapped, explores the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the South. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Prior to her work as a filmmaker, Dawn was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standard and practices at A&E Television Networks.
Lucy Raven (Producer / Director) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in New York. Her films and installations have been exhibited at MoMA, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Biennial, New York; Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Wavelenghts, Toronto International Film Festival; Docufest, Prishtina, Kosovo, and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, among others. She recently premiered a new commission, an immersive 3D cinema-in-the-round, at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, which was also shown at Park Avenue Armory in New York.