The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Fest

On Sunday, September 21st, I was lucky enough to help launch the first ever Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival.

When I heard that the crew from The Bandit Zine was putting this on, I couldn’t think of anything more in my wheelhouse. A local screening of films with feminist themes made by underrepresented filmmakers? Yes, please. Oh, by the way, it’s free.

So I reached out to the organizers to see if there was any way I could lend a hand, particularly with my photo/video skills. They welcomed me with open arms! So, in addition to shooting event photos, I was able to put together some animated title screens and an intro video for them.

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Vintage Feminachos: A Springsteen Kind of Love

Bruce Springsteen Born to Run

[source also, if you dig funny shop jobs, I made one of my friends.]

Today is the 39th anniversary of the release of Springsteen’s Born to Run. Have you listened to it yet today? You should. Especially the title track. I know the radio can wear it thin, but just crank that song and really listen to it. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

I have a lot of feelings about Bruce. Two years ago, I wrote a bit about how his music echoed my views of love, passion, and equanimity. It’s one of the only things I’ve written that doesn’t make me cringe upon later reading. Since it made its debut on my old blog, I thought it might be a nice piece to air out here. Enjoy!

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Friday Digs: Just the Good Stuff

Friday Digs

All the world is going to hell. I don’t need to add more negativity today. Have some feel-good links.

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy this week. It’s just as fun as everyone says. While DC is stuck in the muck of “gritty realism”, Marvel is just screwing around and having a blast. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill is a much needed return to the wisecracking action hero ala Kurt Russell/Harrison Ford.

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The PC Police and the Case of the Token TV Ad

This weekend I attended a video editing workshop in Chicago. At one point, we screened a series of well-crafted TV ads, and discussed how the edits contributed to the tone and story. The facilitator showed this ad from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

It’s a pretty excellent ad, right? He took comments from the group, and we analyzed the edit and how it followed the emotional arc of that moment in any game.

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Twin Suns: A Tat(t)oo Survival Guide

Tattoo Survival Guide

I am the proud owner of two beautiful floral tattoos. A wreath on my forearm and a brand new bunch on my left shoulder. Both of them were done by Gareth Hawkins at Wealthy Street Tattoo in Grand Rapids.

In a surprising twist, I have yet to receive a single negative or concerned comment about them. Sure, they’re colorful and innocuous, but they’re also rather large. Even my somewhat conservative extended family was all “oohs” and “aahs” when they saw them. Refreshing!

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Friday Digs

Friday Digs

This week I…

…attended a Harry Potter themed birthday party. Planning a full post on this, but in the meantime
…attended a Batman themed dance party. I was also one of the photographers at the event. So stay tuned for some fun shots from that circus.
…attended a 6th birthday party for this gentleman. It was a busy week of celebrating!

Have some links!

John Legend released a video for his song “You and I” recently. The collection of images is really striking and absolutely made me cry. To be honest, though, it’s better when muted. There’s something about a man’s voice singing, “Guess you don’t know, that you’re beautiful,” over these images that makes me uneasy. It feels patronizing. (see also) It’s a much more powerful piece when you just have to sit with the images themselves. Try it.

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Friday Digs

too cool for Friday digs

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This week I’ve been healing up a new tattoo (pics coming soon), surviving agonizingly slow work days, and eating Lucky Charms. It’s been a minute since my last Digs session, so here’s some of the media I’ve been into lately.

Film: Only Lovers Left Alive. It took a few days for my love of this movie to sink in, but it’s just so damn cool. Probably to the point of pretentiousness for some. It was slow and Jarmusch-y, wonderfully acted, and beautifully shot and scored. This scene in particular is a favorite of mine.

Book: Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It felt great to dive into a novel again. Americanah is refreshing and accessible. Observant and thoughtful, but not depressingly heavy. I really enjoyed it.

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In Flux: A Life Update

Oh hey there, readers. Been a minute, huh? I guess you’re possibly wondering what I’ve been up to.

Well, mostly good things. No. All good things. Just some more difficult than others.

I’ve been Summer-ing. Grilling out with friends. Going to the beach. Eating ice cream and hot dogs. Seeing movies at the drive-in. (All accompanied by my new camera. I did end up going with the Fuji x100s that I reviewed previously. I love it.)

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Big City Snapshots

subway station, new york city

This weekend Craig and I escaped to New York City. One of his films premiered at the Columbia Film Festival on Friday. We’ve got friends aplenty in town, so we bounced around from Queens to Brooklyn and all over Manhattan.

Highlights from the trip:
Delicious Tapas at Kashkaval.
MCA Day in Brooklyn.
Brunching at The General Greene.
Backyard BBQ in Bed Stuy.
Nuts for Nuts!
Staying at the Waldorf Astoria.
Fancy anniversary dinner at The Water Club.
Hitting Frappy Hour at Starbucks three days in a row.
And of course, spending time with friends old and new.

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Emerging from the Fog: Delayed Digs

Delayed Digs

I was knocked flat by a case of Strep Throat for the past week. I was barely functioning and feverish most of the time. Today is the first day I feel good. Not 100%, but good.

I celebrated a full and happy year with this guy yesterday. And by celebrated I mean watched Dune on separate couches because he hasn’t gotten sick yet and I want to keep it that way. We’re taking a trip to NYC this weekend, though (another reason he cannot get sick) and that’s where the real celebrating will commence.

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