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  • Educator Iseult Gillespie
  • Director Lippy
  • 360 VR Video Idle Hands
  • Compositor Jon Francis
  • Art Director Rich Prahm
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Weston Fonger
  • Collaborator Amy Adkins
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson


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