In 2017, we (Katja Esson - Director/Producer and Ann Bennett - Producer) began filming our feature-length documentary, RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE, that tells the story of Florida climate gentrification by following the redevelopment of a historic African American public housing project in Miami and its impact on long-time residents. As we collected personal narratives of Liberty Square residents whose neighborhood is about to be razed to the ground, we discovered a rich deposit of stories of informative and inspirational stories. Our mixed reality experience aims to bring the forgotten voices and event of this historic neighborhood to light, providing historical and cultural context for a public which often remains unaware of the historic importance of Liberty City in the crafting of Miami as a modern, cultural crossroads.

What it does

Documents the the life of Frank Legree during the 1950s.

How we built it

Research / design, iterative prototyping, and continuous check-ins. Unity Collaborate really helped us bring the experience together.

Challenges we ran into

Learning how to finesse the hardware, bringing together visual, sound FX, voice-over narration, triggers, animations, etc to honor a story that deserved to be told.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Finishing the experience and establishing a solid team relationship.

What we learned

A lot about AR / nreal, teamwork, collaboration, and the life of Frank Legree (and how people respond to it).

What's next for Down Payment on the Dream

To expand it using more image (i.e. - videos, music, animations, etc.). We'd like to turn it into a fully interactive, educational, and historical storytelling experience.

Built With

  • c#
  • github
  • looks-back-at-what-it-was-like-to-be-part-of-the-first-african-american-family-in-a-(formerly)-all-white-neighborhood.-by-merely-existing-in-their-new-house
  • nreal
  • unity
  • who-was-just-a-kid-in-1957-miami
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