The Changing Same: Episode 1

A Virtual Reality Experience

Changing Same brings the user on a journey of time-travel to contemporary sites along the last route of Claude Neal, who was brutally hunted down and lynched by a mob of white men in 1934 Marianna, a town in the middle of the Florida panhandle.

In this VR experience, the user accompanies the ghost of Claude Neal to retrace the route and meet his descendant community today, generations later, as well as his ancestors, in the era of slavery. It’s a respectful, haunting, story infused with magical realism, about the uninterrupted cycle of history of white racial oppression — past and present.

But this VR experience also lifts the user into a visually poetic speculative afro-futurism, dreaming a destiny of healing for our collective humanity.

The research and development phase of the short film series and VR experience was developed with the support and collaboration of the Sundance Skoll Stories of Change



Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and Yasmin Elayat

Opeyemi Olukemi

Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and Yasmin Elayat