Private Project


A new soul wakes up in the body of a trans women who committed suicide.

  • Miida Chu
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality, Other
  • Genres:
    VR180, POV, Trans
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Miida Chu

Assigned male at birth in Suzhou, China, a culturally underrated city, Miida spent the last ten years in the States, attempting to destroy the identities she has inherited from the Chinese and the American influences. Confused by this strange world, she studied philosophy at NYU and was accepted as a PhD student at UCLA. In a not-so-dramatic turn of events, her Dionysian side won over the Apollonian side. She came to realize that she could only express her authentic self through films, which is why she's currently finishing her MFA in directing at the American Film Institute. She was one of the seven finalists of the 2014 National YoungArts Competition.

Her shorts have been official selections at film festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, HollyShorts, Nashville Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, EnergaCamerimage, etc. She served on the program committee of Miami Film Festival in 2020 and 2021. 

Miida is also an avid collaborator of theater. She did media design for Round Room Image’s experimental play “Surrounded”, which toured in Longmont, Chicago, and Winnipeg. She co-founded Lamplighter Productions with Jordan Sucher and developed an original play “How to Be a GoodPerson™”, which opened in New York City and toured in Pittsburgh.

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Director Statement

As a trans femme, I always wonder how much I “experience” gender outside the social sphere.

After all, most of us are humans born with two eyes and two ears. How much do we experience our world differently?

Perhaps the only difference is when we look down at our naked bodies and see our genitals.

This is the human experience I set out to recreate in this VR180 film. I want to throw audience in my body and see how little our gender identities has to play with our interactions with the physical world.