Nonny de la Pena

Nonny de la Pena, the "Godmother of Virtual Reality," is pushing technological boundaries for narrative endeavors, including exploring 3D environments for fiction, news, and documentary. Called "One of the 13 people who made 2012 more creative" by FastCompany's CoCreate, she has built more than five virtual reality constructs including Hunger in Los Angeles, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Her other projects include the MacArthur funded Gone Gitmo, a virtual Guantanamo Bay Prison; Cap & Trade, an interactive exploration of the carbon markets built with Frontline World and CIR; Ipsress which investigates detainees held in stress positions; and Three Generations, the Games for Change winner on the California eugenics movement. Currently a graduate fellow at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Arts department, she spent the past two years as a Senior Research Fellow in Immersive Journalism at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications. A graduate of Harvard University, she is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with twenty years of journalism experience including as a correspondent for Newsweek Magazine and as a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Premiere Magazine, and others.

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