PBS investigative doc strand ‘Frontline’ is readying the launch of its latest VR project for Facebook 360.
The South Sudan-set doc On the Brink of Famine (pictured) was filmed with 360-degree cameras and brings audiences to the center of the country’s hunger crisis, affecting millions. The film is to be released in stages, with the first installment following a critical plane journey to deliver food to those trapped in the swamp lands of South Sudan.
A second 360-degree video, set to publish on the ‘Frontline’ Facebook page later this week, will delve into the South Sudan’s largest displaced persons camp, inhabited by more than 120,000 people. A third part will examine a Doctors Without Borders clinic for children suffering from acute malnutrition.
The film – to be posted in full on the ‘Frontline’ Facebook page on March 1 – was directed by Evan Wexler, Marcelle Hopkins and Benedict Moran.
On the Brink is supported by ‘Frontline’ as well as a “Magic Grant” from The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford Universities.
Additional backing came from The Ford Foundation’s support of ‘Frontline’s’ Enterprise Journalism Desk, and through a JustFilms Fellowship from the organization.
Frontline’s first foray into VR was last September’s Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey, created in collaboration with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Toronto- and LA-based interactive studio Secret Location.