(2016) (US)

Screening throughout at the festival in the WAMMFest VR Screening Room!

Traces is a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the memories of one woman living with Alzheimer’s disease. In the film, the main character Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia, recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields near Mason, Tennessee. As her words transport us back in time, traces of memory fall in and out—the old wooden farmhouse where she was raised, the coconut cakes her mom would make on Sunday mornings, her favorite white dress, the hymns she’d sing in the choir at church. Through these vibrant recollections, illustrated through re-enactments, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.

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Directed by Gabriela Arp, Written by Gabriela Arp

Gabriela Arp is an independent filmmaker and VR creator who is passionate about visual media, new technology and immersive projects that strengthen the human connection.

Gabriela has produced short films, exhibits and interactive experiences for news organizations, non-profits, cultural spaces and commercial clients. Some of her clients include New York Times, Blue Chalk Media, CNN International, Univision, International Rescue Committee, the United Nations, The New Museum, LACMA, Sony, Canon, and JetBlue.

She recently completed her first immersive film Traces which explores the memories of one woman living with Alzheimer’s. The film premiered at Indie Memphis and will be shown at the Kaleidoscope, the Atlanta Film Festival, Underground Film Festival and Shift Film Festival.

Her work has been recognized by the Alexia Foundation, College Photographer of the Year, Atlanta Photojournalism Conference, Vimeo, the Webby Awards, the Davey Awards, in addition to being exhibited at festivals across the country. She recently received a Master’s in Visual Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is a 2017 Knight Fellow with the Sundance Institute and recently incubated her latest project Forward, a virtual reality series about migration, at the Oculus Development Lab.

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