People tell powerful stories

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Founded to support journalistic storytelling, we provide identity preserving treatments that help protect the privacy of people who cannot be seen on camera.

Introducing a Face Biometric Disguise

Face measurements, like thumbprints, can be used to identify individuals. To protect from automatic harvesting of private identities in a film, face geometry is changed to disguise those individuals. This treatment is invisibly applied in Faceless (2021) adding extra protection for the contributors and bystandars seen in the film.

FACELESS is an intimate portrayal of four young people struggling to protect their freedom and way of life under the shadow of new authoritarianism in Hong Kong.

This 82 minute feature documentary by director Jennifer Ngo, was picked up by Dogwoof (Blackfish, Free Solo, I Am Greta), and is now available for streaming on VICE.

Automated Face Replacement

We have developed an automated workflow for soft face replacements. These digital veils are an overlay that protects the anonymity of at-risk witnesses while preserving the emotion and the connection to the audience that makes first-person testimony so compelling. Automation allows us to provide this level of identity protection near the same cost of vfx paint work.

This video provides a brief technical overview of Automated Face Replacements, the digial veil treatment we developed for Welcome To Chechnya.

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Journalists now have a tool to help protect the safety of their sources and a new way to protect bystanders.

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The Hollywood News

Jennifer Ngo’s documentary ‘Faceless’ – set to land at the Hot Docs festival

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The Skinny

EIFF 2021: Faceless

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Deadline

‘Faceless’ : Young Hong Kongers Fight For Freedom

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First Showing

Hong Kong Documentary 'Faceless'

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Women and Hollywood

Hot Docs 2021 Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Ngo

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Letterboxd

Faceless 2021 at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021

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Screen Daily

‘Faceless’: Hot Docs Review

Asian Movie Pulse

Documentary Review: Faceless (2021) by Jennifer Ngo

Digital Veils Press

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The New York Times

Deepfake Technology Enters the Documentary World

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Documentary Magazine

Digital Disguise: 'Welcome to Chechnya''s Face Veil Is a Game Changer in Identity Protection

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Associated Press

Using ‘face doubles,’ new HBO doc captures LGBTQ purge

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Huffpost

How ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ Designed New Technology To Document Queer Persecution

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Fast Company

How AI came to protect the LGBTQ subjects in HBO’s ‘Welcome to Chechnya

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Associated Press

New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in ‘face doubles

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INDIEWIRE

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By Jude Dry (Grade: B+)
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By Kevin Crust (Positive)
THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ Review: A Vital Indictment of Mass Persecution

By Jeannette Catsoulis (Positive; NYT Critic’s Pick)
THE NEW YORK TIMES (print)

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ Review: A Vital Indictment of Mass Persecution

By Jeannette Catsoulis (Positive; NYT Critic’s Pick)
NPR | FRESH AIR

'Welcome To Chechnya' Chronicles Abuses Against Its LGBTQ Citizens

By Justin Chang
ROGEREBERT.COM

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By Monica Castillo (Rating: 3 ½ out of 4 Stars)
ROLLING STONE

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SALON

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By Melanie McFarland (Positive)
VANITY FAIR

Welcome to Chechnya Turns Its Cameras onto a Brutally Homophobic Regime

By K. Austin Collins (Positive)
VARIETY

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By Guy Lodge (Positive)
VARIETY (print)

‘Welcome to Chechnya’: Film Review

By Guy Lodge (Positive)
THE WRAP

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By Alonso Duralde (Positive)

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