Jessica Brillhart

Jessica Brillhart

Director of Mixed Reality (MxR) Lab
Institute for Creative Technologies

Jessica Brillhart is the Director of the Mixed Reality (MxR) Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Prior to her appointment, she was the Principle Filmmaker for Virtual Reality at Google and spearheaded efforts in exploring the technology and language of the mediums of virtual reality, augmented reality, and intelligent systems.

 

Brillhart received her degree in Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Computer Applications at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She has presented keynotes at SXSW, Google I/O, Oculus Connect, FMX, Sónar+D, Fast Company Innovation Festival, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Brillhart has worked as an advisor for Sundance New Frontier, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), and Electric South; and has been a judge for such organizations as World Press Photo, ADC Young Guns, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Brillhart was recognized by MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ in 2017 and is a past recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Award.

 

Known for her pioneering work in the immersive space, Brillhart has made a wide range of award-winning experiences and platforms, collaborating with partners such as Bose, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Frank Gehry, the Montréal Canadians, Yo-Yo Ma, Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence team, and (unofficially) the Weather Channel. Her work continues to explore the experiential potential of emergent technologies, the stories these technologies and mediums can tell, and the language that helps us tell them.