Toying with Toy Cameras: Holga 135

Last fall I unearthed a Holga 135 at the flea market. For those not familiar with Holga line, Holga was a line of plastic cameras from China introduced in the 1980s and discontinued in 2015. Created to make film cameras more affordable and accessible, but became famous for their lo-fi aesthetics, light leaks, and ability […]

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Les actrices françaises

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a drawing project! This summer I’m taking French 1010, so I can work on finally finishing my bachelor’s degree. For our final project, we are supposed to write a paper making cultural comparisions between a French speaking country and the United States, and then create art related […]

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Finding Pride at Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

Last year, I spent five weeks in Genova, Italy, where I befriended the members of Gruppo Giovani Arcigay Genova.  While I was there, I interviewed several members about their involvement in the youth group, about the growing LGBTQ community in their city, and about the upcoming Liguria Pride Festival. Liguria Pride 2016 was to be Genova’s […]

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Stand With Us: Reproductive Justice in Utah

Stand With Us is a project for the University of Utah’s Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking course, created by Grace Mathews, Sage Bennett, Meghan McGinnis, and myself. While politicians on Capitol Hill have been working to defund Planned Parenthood on a federal level, Planned Parenthood of Utah has been frequently targeted by the state as well. […]

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Sundance 2017 Favorites: Tokyo Idols

  This is my second year as a festival staffer for Sundance Film Festival. Due to the amount of time I will be spending working and attending films vs. writing, I am only going to be posting updates about my absolute favorite films. At 21 years old, Rio Hiiragi feels that her career is near […]

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Fair Trade Product Review: Alaffia Everyday Coconut Cleansing Face Wash

I generally don’t believe in making new year’s resolutions, since they are often so easily broken and hinder making actual change. However, this year I decided that I had some long term lifestyle changes that I wanted to make regarding both our environment and how laborers are treated. After stumbling across a book called The […]

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Revisiting the Disney Princess Canon: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  Although I have a general disdain both for many mainstream multiplex offerings and for corporate consumer cultures, I have an enormous soft spot for all things Disney, especially their animated feature roster. Disney revolutionized and set a high standard for the way that we enjoy animation, and despite some still-looming problematic tendencies is a […]

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Comfort and Safety Tips for Nasty Women

  This afternoon I had a session with my therapist. We took a break from our usual topics and methods to talk about the fear I have been experiencing after the election results came in. My fears as a woman, my fears for my friends who have survived sexual assault and think that nobody will […]

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Playlist: Rainy Days & Mondays

  Sometimes when I’m making playlists, I have a little game I like to play. I pick a song with a title that I like, and I make a playlist reflecting the atmosphere and mood the title evokes without using that initial track. Possibly some time after watching Todd Haynes’ Karen Carpenter biopic, Superstar, Rainy […]

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