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Awavena

Venice Virtual Reality

Director:
Lynette Wallworth
Production:
Coco Films / VR Wallworth Technicolor Experience Center, Madison Wells Media
Running Time:
30’
Language:
Yawanawa, English
Country:
USA, Brazil, Australia
Main Cast:
Hushahu Yawanawa, Tata Yawanawa
Cinematographer:
Greg Downing, Francisco Almendra, Nelson Porto
Editor:
Adam Cosco, Katrina Taylor, Brian Frager
Music:
Max Richter, William Bevan
Sound:
Scott Gershin, Magno Caliman
Visual Effects:
Technicolor Experience Center / Brian Frager, Mars Wong
Notes:
Installation

Synopsis

For the Amazonian Yawanawa, medicine has the power to transport us in a vision to a world that lies within the world we know. At the request of the Yawanawa and Hushahu, their first woman shaman-artist, Wallworth uses technology like medicine to fulfil their dream: send a message out.
Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist melding technology and transcendent experience to share a vision and tell the story of a people who ascended from the edge of extinction. The film aims not to provoke empathy for the Yawanawa, it is a gift from them to those who virtually visit their forest and experience a portal, opened to their world view.

Director’s Statement

This is a true story with all the power of myth. It is about Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, and the radical reconfiguring that takes place when she is allowed to fulfil her destiny. The tribes’ spiritual leader Tata broke an eons old cultural taboo and sparked a revolution, one that has resonances for us all.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Coco Films / VR Wallworth
4433 Pleasant Valley Court N
94611 – Oakland, United States
Tel. +1 4155157633
nicole@cocofilms.com

PRODUCTION 2: Technicolor Experience Center
3237 South La Cienega Boulevard
90016 - Los Angeles, United States
Tel. +1 323648-3619
marcie.jastrwo@technicolor.com

PRODUCTION 3: Madison Wells Media
1999 Avenue of the Stars
90067 - Los Angeles, United States
Tel. 424) 777-0137
info@madisonwellsmedia.com
http://www.madisonwellsmedia.com/

WORLD SALES: Marcie Jastrow - Technicolor Experience Center
3237 South La Cienega Boulevard
90016 - Los Angeles, United States
Tel. 323) 648-3619
marcie.jastrow@technicolor.com

PRESS OFFICE: Arikai Tabeson
Tel. +1 510 508 1301
arikai@jessieiscohen.com


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