The Berkeley Beacon

Arts

Alumnus discusses inspiration behind new YouTube Premium show

Alumnus discusses inspiration behind new YouTube Premium show

By Zenebou Sylla

December 26, 2018

As a child, Shawn Simmons’ ‘96 bonded with his father over crime thrillers such as Death Wish and First Blood. Simmons channeled that experience into his action-comedy YouTube series, “Wayne”—a coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who sets out on a journey to find his late father’s stolen c...

Junior makes primetime debut in BET political thriller

Junior makes primetime debut in BET political thriller

By Monika Davis

December 6, 2018

When junior Sydney Elise Johnson’s agent told her about a potential role in an original primetime television movie, Johnson frantically learned lines in between classes. After learning three scenes and sending in a video audition that day, Johnson heard a few hours later that she landed the...

Colleagues piece together late curator’s rare broadcast findings

Colleagues piece together late curator’s rare broadcast findings

By Cassandre Coyer

December 5, 2018

The opening night of “The Vision of Television” exhibit filled the Emerson Media Art Gallery with flashing wall projections of experimental media art, staticky television screens, and an unusual emotional charge on Nov. 15. Late art historian and curator Joseph D. Ketner II researched archiv...

Pub Club spotlights personal essay collection and first preteen book

Pub Club spotlights personal essay collection and first preteen book

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

November 28, 2018

James suddenly began having visions of Saint Peter’s Academy and a secret treasure hidden there when attending his father’s funeral. Senior Marissa Secreto documents his journey in her middle-grade fiction novel The Haunting at Saint Peter’s Academy, one of the books Undergraduate Students for...

Review: ArtsEmerson’s one-man show documents realities of DACA

Review: ArtsEmerson’s one-man show documents realities of DACA

By Ally Rzesa

November 18, 2018

I sprung to my feet at the end of ArtsEmerson’s WET: A DACAmented Journey. I watched a Tupac-loving teenage girl, a Spanglish-speaking mother, a Guatemalan consulate worker, and many more tell one story of what it means to be an undocumented American. Oh, and WET is a one-man show. The play, wri...

Comedy gets physical with new Body Electric group

Comedy gets physical with new Body Electric group

By Soleil Easton

November 14, 2018

Junior Hallie Perlman studied the art of physical comedy, like exaggerated facial expressions, in Maine and Greece with famous clowns Avner the Eccentric and Richard Saudek. She started Body Electric when she returned to Emerson. Body Electric is the first physical comedy club on campus and focuses main...

Alum’s Sundance-winning short makes it to the big screen

Alum’s Sundance-winning short makes it to the big screen

By Zenebou Sylla

November 13, 2018

After the success of a Kickstarter campaign that raised $36,829, Jim Cummings’ ‘09 Sundance-winning short film, “Thunder Road,” is now a feature film. The feature launched online Oct. 30. Cummings wrote, directed, and acted in both the short and feature film; he portrayed a recently divor...

“American Vandal” creators talk Emerson Mafia, Chocolate Cake City, and Lil’ Dicky at panel

“American Vandal” creators talk Emerson Mafia, Chocolate Cake City, and Lil’ Dicky at panel

By Annika Hom

November 13, 2018

American Vandal creators Dan Perrault ‘09 and Tony Yacenda ‘09 danced, joked, and took selfies with students at an Emerson panel where they shared production advice. Screenwriting organization SPEC hosted the event on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Bill Bordy Theater, and about 40 students attended. S...

Video game secrets spotlighted on students site

Video game secrets spotlighted on students site

By Danielle Fineza

November 8, 2018

While playing the video game Fallout, junior Taelon Ratliff noticed a Futurama reference—a frozen dog named Seymour. Ratliff noticed a trend of hidden messages and recurring images in films and video games called Easter eggs and became inspired to create a website dedicated to them. Ratliff cre...

Pop, crackle, squish: student creates successful slime business

Pop, crackle, squish: student creates successful slime business

By Zenebou Sylla

November 7, 2018

What started as a slime hobby ended up making junior Tuvana Isildar thousands of dollars. Isildar's hobby evolved into spending her weekends creating, filming, and selling homemade slime for hundreds of people to watch and play with. Isildar posts slime videos on her Instagram account @tuvs.sli...

Students hold concerts you can roll out of bed for

Students hold concerts you can roll out of bed for

By Cassandre Coyer

November 4, 2018

Saxophone music streamed from suite 1020 to fill the 10th floor of the Colonial residence hall on Oct. 18. Sophomores Zach Cargie, Justin Wood, Chris Tirado, and friend Sam Schneider hosted the first session of Tiny Dorm, small personal concerts by Emerson musical talents in college dorms. “R...

New Sights New Bites celebrates Filipino identity

New Sights New Bites celebrates Filipino identity

By Zenebou Sylla

November 3, 2018

Junior Bianca Nicdao’s documentary New Sights New Bites started as a BFA project, but as more Filipino students joined the production team, it turned into a celebration of heritage branded by the tagline #ProudToBe. New Sights New Bites aims to explore the food, culture, and lifestyle of the Philip...