I'm delighted to have been an invited guest lecturer to the IvyQ conference at Yale University on February 8th, 2013. This is my talk about using comics educate about social issues, how I've portrayed my ever-shifting sexuality in my comics and the queer community's reaction to them. To see a complete list of the comics I used in this talk, please see my blog post: http://www.erikamoen.com/video/queering-up-comics-at-yale-university/ My comics can be read at http://www.erikamoen.com http://www.darcomic.com+ More details
Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake US accents and made up identities. When their promising Scottish rap act was branded “the rapping Proclaimers” by scornful A and R's, friends Billy and Gavin reinvented themselves as LA homeboys. The real deal. The lie was their golden ticket to a dream life. With confessions from the scammers, insight from the music execs they duped and doodle reconstructions, the film charts the rollercoaster story of the highs of the scam and the lows of madness and the personal toll the deception took. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the pursuit of fame.+ More details
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. "The Lords of Salem" tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?+ More details
"The Other Dave" tells the story of David Manning, whose life was changed the day he was struck by lightning. Now fully disabled, the story centers on the changes in Dave after the lightning strike, primarily his new altered perception of reality.+ More details
Kendrick is a young, black calf roper grafting through the local, all-white rodeo circuits of the southern United States. Soft spoken and gentlemanly, roping is Kendrick’s singular focus, his ‘good addiction’. He practices long into the night and is happiest when he is on the road to a competition. Before each rodeo he prays for the safety of his horse and himself, and to win a check. Ever since he was a boy he has dreamed to one day making it to the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas. This is the beginning of that story.+ More details
With a hurricane threatening to destroy her way of life, "When We Lived in Miami" is a hypnotic short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart. Stylistically similar to Seimetz's critically acclaimed and SXSW award winning feature film "Sun Don't Shine", "When We Lived in Miami" was produced by Borscht Corp ("The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke") during tropical storm Isaac. Using the real life storm to great effect, writer-director-star Amy Seimetz (HBO's "Family Tree") crafts a simple yet haunting narrative that is deeply felt and powerfully realized. Featuring AJ Bowen and six year old new comer Fiona D'Avis, the short was filmed on super 16mm by Jay Keitel.+ More details
Far away from any other urban centers, Itapuã is a small community with the characteristics and rituals of everyday life. The location, which sheltered 1,454 people and has more than 70 years of existence remains with only 35 residents all over the age of 60. No one likes to remember what the place was in the past, even though for many the memory is etched on their bodies.+ More details
A serial killer played by Jake Gyllenhaal travels through the hippest parties on a killing spree of Dalston hipsters. Amidst a world of unflinching ignorant hipsters, Jake navigates his way through East London house parties, basement clubs, dark stairwells and neon-lit high streets in a series of bleak and bloody attacks. He masters the role of unsuspecting dark-åeyed psycho as he pumps iron and gums drugs preparing for his next beautifully fashionable victim. His performance between edgy London heartthrob and unstable predator produces an ever more suspenseful piece of blood curdling film. The Shoes provide a track, which transforms the displaced anxiety of horror into pop viewing pleasure!+ More details
"Sequin Raze" - starring Anna Camp (Mad Men, True Blood), Ashley Williams and Frances Conroy(Six Feet Under) explores the twisted mental anguish of ‘Goldberg’, a jaded, once-feminist producer on a hit reality show, as she psychotically tortures female contestants into on-camera meltdowns, while simultaneously destroying herself. Tonight, Goldberg, egged on by wildly disoriented and lawless show psychologist (Frances Conroy), ratchets up her interrogation to CIA levels and wages mental mortal- combat against spurned beauty queen (Anna Camp) – but she may have met her match.+ More details
Monika Brodka, the sprite‐like vocalist BRODKA, launched onto the Polish music scene with a bang as the winner of Polish Pop Idol in 2004 at the young age of 16. Since her debut, Brodka has released three LPs ‐ all of which received critical acclaim and garnered a huge fan base in Poland for the star. Brodka’s first album, mature for a teenager, amazed audiences with its sensitivity and fresh approach to pop music ‐ but also proved that Brodka has an incredible voice. Brodka’s second album, released two years later, also reached ‘Golden Record’ status. The singer’s latest LP, Granda, came after a break in music‐making and a conscious decision to change directions. Granda shows a more experienced, worldly and experimental side to Brodka. The music ‐ hard to define but showing folk, electronic and experimental traits, with a pop background ‐ was produced and co‐composed by Bartosz Dziedzic. Granda has reached double platinum status, proving that this bold, new style Brodka has embraced was a smart move. Both Brodka and Dziedzic received acclaim for their work and were nominated for dozens of awards, including the SuperHiro Magazine Award (won), Gala’s Rose (won), Polityka Passport. Poland’s Phonographic Academy nominated Brodka for 10 Fryderyki awards (the most important awards in Polish music business), and the singer won 4 for Best Female Vocalist, Best Pop Album, Best Music Production, Best Music Video in 2011. Since the release of Granda, Brodka has been touring with her band all over Poland. They played over 60 concerts and are currently preparing to tour the LAX EP and the EP’s single, Varsovie, is already Poland’s number 1 track in iTunes. Besides music, Brodka’s other passions include photography and fashion, proven by the fact that, at age 24, she is already considered an icon by Poland’s fashion magazines. Brodka, hailing from the Silesian town of Zywiec, known for it’s folk‐music roots and determined inhabitants, is proving over and over again that she sets high goals and rises to the challenge of meeting them. Her latest venture into singing in English only serves to show that Brodka is constantly developing ‐ both personally and musically ‐ and her sales and concert attendance prove that she has staying‐power.+ More details
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