A news feature documentary series, ‘The Messy Truth with Van Jones VR Experience’ received an award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
The host of the mini TV series, Van Jones wrote on Instagram account after the great victory:
“For the past four years, this little-engine-that-could project has gone from a pipe-dream to an #EmmyWinner2020 reality. The response to the series so far — from the entertainment industry to the most unlikely viewers – is humbling to say the least. Thank you to the @tvacademyimpg for this honor.”
Also the director of the series, Elijah Allan-Blitz took to Instagram and celebrated the news:
“4 years ago @vanjones68 and I began working on a VR series designed to create empathy. With the support of so many incredible people, the 2nd episode starring @brielarson was just nominated for an Emmy!”
Allan-Blitz’s girlfriend, Brie Larson, best known for portraying ‘Captain Marvel’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films shared her happiness regarding the victory by writing the followings on Instagram alongside a video of herself and her director boyfriend:
“My favorite part of this years Emmys? That we are safe at home. My second favorite part? Being barefoot. And last? #TheMessyTruth won, and so did empathy. Thank you to everyone who voted, we are brimming with excitement. #emmywinner2020 @elijah_a.b @vanjones68”
See below to view Jones’ Instagram post.
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#MessyTruthVR was conceived after the 2016 election, when one thing became painfully clear: a major empathy deficit was going to be a feature, not a bug, of this political period. @elijah_a.b, @kidpacker and I believed we could use #VirtualReality to help us all understand each other better. The goal of this series is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live. The first episode encapsulates the fraught tension during an interaction between a Black man (played by @winstoncduke) and a police officer. In the second episode, Larson plays a role in a scene that focuses on a woman being sexually harassed. For the past four years, this little-engine-that-could project has gone from a pipe-dream to an #EmmyWinner2020 reality. The response to the series so far — from the entertainment industry to the most unlikely viewers – is humbling to say the least. Thank you to the @tvacademyimpg for this honor.