Native Americans in Philanthropy Announces #GenIndigenous Virtual Reality Fellowship Winner

Raven Two Feathers

Published November 15, 2018

Raven Two Feathers Announced as winner of Native Youth Virtual Reality Development Fellowship, a partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy & virtual reality leader Baobab Studios

LOS ANGELES — Native Americans in Philanthropy is excited to announce that Raven Two Feathers is the winner of the #GenIndigenous Virtual Reality Fellowship in partnership with leading Immersive Animation company Baobab Studios, and Indigenous media organizations Vision Maker Media and Longhouse Media. The #GenIndigenous Fellowship is focused on youth, fostering the sharing of techniques and building networking opportunities with Indigenous talent enthusiastic for rapid prototyping in VR.

Raven will participate in a year-long fellowship program taking place across the country, culminating in a month residency with Baobab Studios. Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee, Comanche, Seneca, and Cayuga) is a Two Spirit, Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Two Spirit is the third gender in Native culture and Raven refers to herself as “they.”  They continue to produce and direct films, working with a naturally diverse cast and crew along the way. They create various forms of content, flowing between fiction and non-fiction in visual and auditory realms. Raven recently graduated magna cum laude from Santa Fe University of Art & Design with a BFA in Film Production.

Baobab Studios has also cast Native rights advocate Sarah Eagle Heart, and partnered with her organization, Native Americans in Philanthropy, to support Native American-inspired storytelling in the animated short, Crow: The Legend, inspired by the original crow legend. Also participating in the project alongside Eagle Heart are John Legend, Randy Edmonds, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy, Diego Luna, Tye Sheridan and Oprah Winfrey. Crow: The Legend debuts today, November 15th on YouTube, Facebook, and in VR on the Oculus Store.

“We are looking forward to launching this exciting fellowship and the possibilities it will create for Native youth development, something to which Baobab and our organization are both passionately committed,” said Eagle Heart. “Baobab Studios has shown its commitment to inclusivity and authentic storytelling in its approach to both producing Crow: The Legend and developing this fellowship. This is a model that we expect Hollywood to follow increasingly as the industry recognizes the value of authentic cultural storytelling.”

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