We use the power of immersive storytelling to create positive social change. We shed light on the lives of everyday people struggling to survive today’s gravest humanitarian crises. Because we believe that immersive storytelling leads to empathy — and empathy leads to action.
We are Lightshed.
We collaborate with individuals, organizations, and corporations to tell stories like they’ve never been told before. Together, we're committed to using emerging technologies like Virtual Reality to inspire meaningful action: through our films, portals, exhibits, and more.
In The Last Goodbye, powerful personal testimony of the Holocaust is preserved for the first time in poignant, room-scale VR, as survivor Pinchas Gutter takes audiences with him on his final visit to Majdanek, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp where his parents and sister were murdered during World War II.
"Preserving history is more necessary now than ever." - Wired
Ground Beneath Her is a virtual reality film that showcases the struggle of 14-year-old Sabita. More than a year after the earthquake, Sabita must balance the pain of picking up the pieces after the devastating quake and fulfilling the everyday duties of a fractured home, all while trying to keep her dreams for her future alive.
"Ground Beneath Her shows the fragility of dreams and the incredible resiliency of people—even children." - Vice
After surviving a bout with the deadly disease that stole the lives of her family, Decontee, a Liberian native, uses her immunity to help children orphaned by Ebola. This VR experience follows her story from illness to recovery, mourning to perseverance.
“This ebola documentary shows virtual reality’s radical potential.” - Wired
Lightshed's latest immersive storytelling projects focus on a range of issues from around the world. As with all of our collaborations, we hope our films and stories will bring greater empathy for these pressing problems and spark meaningful action.
"We're barely at the beginning of this medium... It is fascinating to think about and talk about what forms of storytelling will evolve." - Spike Jonze
Our films have helped raise over $4 billion in direct support and funding.
Our Films have been seen in over 40 countries and translated into 15 languages.
1 in 6 people donated upon viewing "Clouds of Sidra". This is twice the normal rate.
The UN Secretary General set a challenged goal of $2.3 billion in projected support related to "Clouds over Sidra". We topped $3.8 billion.