1,000 Cut Journey was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as a VR project that highlights the social realities of racism. In this VR project, the viewer becomes Michael Sterling, a black man, encountering racism as a young child, adolescent, and young adult. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Jeremy Bailenson, the film's co-producer, says, "In creating virtual experiences we can increase empathy for others, encourage helping behaviors, improve communication strategies, and enhance education."
1,000 Cut Journey is a collaboration between the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University and the Cogburn Research Group at Columbia University, headed by Dr. Courtney Cogburn, who studies racism. Bailenson believes the key to success in changing behavior is ensuring the user gets an immersive virtual experience. "We feel that these types of experiences are important to focus on as VR permeates society. Never before in history could we allow anyone to instantly step into the shoes of someone else."
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Jeremy Bailenson is the co-producer of the film 1,000 Cut Journey, a professor at Stanford University, and the co-founder of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford. He is also the author of Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.
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