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“However Long the Night, the Dawn Will Break” – Competition Deadlines

“However long the night, the dawn will break” -African Proverb

I wish I could say that after 7 months out here in LA, I am finally living the dream. I’m nowhere even close to it. Naturally, it’s hard to see my non-film-degree college friends starting their journeys in their entry-level jobs or getting into the grad school they’ve always wanted. Am I happy for them? Of course. But there’s a sort of hollowness that sits within me when I feel as if my entry-level job is 5 years behind everyone else.

Going into college, I had an aunt once tell me to have a second major as a backup. I was shocked and appalled that my own family didn’t trust that I could “make it” with my major of choice—my passion. Whenever I feel like waving a white flag or whenever I feel particularly disheartened, I go back to that memory with my aunt and wonder if I should have double majored. Maybe I would have stayed in New York, had a job, and spent my weekends partying with all my friends. Maybe I would have been happier. Continue reading

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The Other Awards Show

In my household, the big award show nights were the Grammys, Premios Juventud (Latin music awards), Latin Grammy’s, the Emmy’s, the Golden Globes, and of course the Academy Awards. More recently than I care to admit, I’ve learned about other award shows like the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Film Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. There’s no surprise, then, that there are countless other awards that honor specific elements of film and television.

Held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles yesterday, the Golden Reel Awards honored the best in sound editing. Presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), this award show celebrated achievements in dialogue and ADR (additional dialogue recording), effects and foley (sounds created for use in film), and music.

If you look at a movie’s IMDB page and notice the various positions on a film set, you’ll see that for films like “Chicago” or any musical, really, the sound department list is pretty extensive. To put it plainly, there are those that record sound on set, those that record sound in a studio, and those that mix the sounds in an editing bay. I’ll spare you the details of how sound design works for film, but if you’re interested, you can always Google film sound design. Dominick Tavella visited my college last year to talk about the art of sound. He showed us clips from Chicago, for which he won an Academy Award for best sound design in 2003, and Black Swan.

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Unchained at Sundance 2012: Mosquita Y Mari


I definitely underestimated the amount of free time and energy I would have to write about all my Sundance experience. There is a lot going on here folks!

Another film I checked off my must-see was MOSQUITA Y MARI by Aurora Guerrero. Following in vein of FILLY BROWN, MYM is another refreshing contemporary portrait of Latino culture on film made by and starring Latinos. The story of two high school sophomore girls and their budding friendship is lovely on screen, although I do wish the script/performances hadn’t been so safe. Guerrero said that she always knew her “love story was as good as anyone else’s, as valid as anyone else’s.” However, to call it a lesbian coming of age story is a bit of a reach, in my opinion.

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