Draft previews from Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows
Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows is a first of its kind virtual-reality gallery show, premiering at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, late summer 2022. The VR show is a unique retrospective presentation showcasing Pamela Woolford's narrative, performative, and film work experienced through rooms and windows of a virtual rustic, wooden cabin. Woolford is the writer, director, producer, and sole performer in the immersive-media experience.

A photograph from Pamela's Woolford's upcoming project Antoine and Me, which is a surreal photo album set in an ambiguous time. Performative photographs in the album have lengthy narrative captions by Woolford, which she performs in character through voiceover narrations accessed by a QR code.

The hand-designed albums will be available to view and hear during the Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows show at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and will each be for sale with an NFT certificate of authenticity. The publication of Antoine and Me marks the emergence of a new art form created by Woolford, sound-designed photo narrations or SDP narrations. NFTs for SDP narrations of individual photographs will also be for sale.

The Up/Rooted VR experience features Pamela Woolford's films Generation and Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir along with moments from her story "Just After Supper" and her upcoming memoirs Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) and Eye Toned, Tooth Toned: An Account of Blackness, Memory, and My Mind. The Up/rooted gallery show will also premiere new narrative work by Pamela Woolford entitled Antoine and Me.
The Cabin Motif
Woolford derives her cabin windows motif from her films Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir and Generation and her story "Just After Supper." Interrupted had a limited online release in 2020 with a virtual premiere event attended by 1.5 thousand people. The event was cosponsored by Busboys and Poets and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Interrupted was made possible in part with support from Maryland State Arts Council, United Way of Central Maryland, Mosaic Center for Culture and Diversity at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Leah Mazur and Drew Willard, and jazz-great Bob James. In 2018 and 2019, Generation was an official selection for a dozen arts and film festivals in three continents, won five film festival awards, and, like Interrupted, received rave reviews. "Just After Supper" is a fiction piece inspired by the life of Pamela's mother, writer and producer Sadie Woolford. The story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by one of the Prize's contributing editors.
Generation film still by Denée Barr.
Generation film still by Denée Barr.
Frame from Interrupted. Cinematography by Daniel Grant.
Frame from Interrupted. Cinematography by Daniel Grant.
Sadie Woolford in 1940s Arcola, NC.
Sadie Woolford in 1940s Arcola, NC.
Generation film still by Denée Barr.
Generation film still by Denée Barr.
sponsored by CR8:BLK, Fractured Atlas, ¡Cinema Paradiso, and Film Fatales

Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows VR Experience

Writer, Producer, Director, Voice Actor......Pamela Woolford
Co-Producer......Sadie Woolford
Design Consultant......Philip Mallory Jones
3D Modeler, Animator......Dwayne Gayle
Game Developer......Eric Nevala
Sound Designer......Gregory Robinson​​​​​​​

MUSIC:  "The Future"
Composed and performed by John Phillip Richardson.
Lyrics written and performed by Paula Richardson.

Author, Model, Lead Voice Actor......Pamela Woolford
Sound Designer, Voice Actor......Gregory Robinson​​​​​​​
Photographer......Antonio Moses
Handmade Book Artist and Printmaker......Sarah Matthews

Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows is made possible in part with financial support from DC Commission on the Arts & HumanitiesMaryland State Arts Council, and The aSHE FundAntoine and Me is made possible in part with financial support from Maryland State Arts Council.

From the Baker Artist Award Special presented by PBS's Maryland Public Television

History of Up/Rooted
Originally, prior to becoming a virtual-reality experience, Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows was conceived as a real-life cabin in the gallery space, where Pamela Woolford's art would be experienced through windows and augmented reality. 

An early slide deck for Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows prior to it becoming a virtual-reality experience.

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