Silence in Paradise is an immersive short documentary about the aftermath of the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in US history in the past century. Using 360 cameras and drones, we captured a perspective of the catastrophe never seen before. This tragedy which took the lives of 85 people was unprecedented and it felt justified to document it using the most powerful medium available.
Our concept is based on an immersive VR installation involving a projection space for group screenings and VR headsets with backpack haptics for individual viewings.
The BroomX VR projector can project 360° immersive media on any frameless screen. Entrants will see short clips of the aftermath in the exhibition space before they watch the film individually using VR headsets with noise canceling headphones and a wearable audio system that transfers deep bass frequencies, creating a haptic, physical, full-body experience.
The Camp Fire
The Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in US history in the past century, took the lives of 86 humans, burning over 150,000 acres and destroying close to 19,000 buildings. The damage is estimated at over $16 billion.
State fire investigators concluded that utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation (PG&E) was responsible for the wildfire. As a result of liabilities piled up from wildfires in 2017 and 2018, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019. Sadly, PG&E knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat yet failed to replace or repair them.
It is alarming that 10 of the 20 most destructive wildfires in California took place in the last 4 years. Transmission equipment failures caused at least 8, claiming over 130 human lives.
In Partnership with The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation
The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation is organized exclusively to engage in lawful charitable and educational activities supporting the families of firefighters and other fire suppression personnel of California in times of financial need or hardship.
The Foundation helped 87 firefighters and their families financially in 2018. We partnered with Cal Fire to raise donations for the Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to the Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation. Federal Tax ID #20-5686356. To donate, please use one of the two methods below:
The Benevolent Foundation is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. The principal office for the Foundation is co-located with CAL FIRE Local 2881, IAFF Local 2881 Headquarters Office, 1731 J Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, California 95811.