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A promotional image for Baby Teeth Film Fest.

Alum-created Baby Teeth Film Festival centers queer filmmakers and characters

By Parker Garlough
September 8, 2022

The second annual Baby Teeth Film Festival will present short films created by trans and gender non-conforming individuals in a variety of genres including fantasy, comedy, and drama.  The festival,...

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‘Long Story Short’ program launches third edition of exposure for up and coming filmmakers

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
March 23, 2022

Drawing success from its short film category that’s seen more than 7,000 shorts, Kickstarter’s third annual month-long celebration Long Story Short brings creative stories to fruition and helps artists...

Former Director of Production and Safety Leonard Manzo

Leonard Manzo out as VMA director of production and safety

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
January 28, 2022

Leonard Manzo, longtime director of production and safety at Emerson, will no longer serve in the position as of Jan. 27, according to a Thursday evening email to the Visual and Media Arts department. Manzo,...

The flyer for The Beta Test.

Two alumni direct and star in new film ‘The Beta Test’

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
November 4, 2021

Twelve years after they graduated in the same class, two Emerson alumni and self-proclaimed “college drinking buddies” directed and starred in the new feature film “The Beta Test,” which premieres...

Still from Sky Hopinkas “Maɬni–towards the ocean, towards the shore.”

‘Bright Lights Film Series’ hosts first in person event since pandemic

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
October 14, 2021

After 18 months of Zoom screenings and discussions, Emerson’s “Bright Lights Film Series” hosted its first in-person event since Mar. 12, 2020 on Oct. 8 with a screening of “Maɬni–towards the...

Titian’s ‘Women, Myth, and Power’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum pits classical art versus modern morality

Titian’s ‘Women, Myth, and Power’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum pits classical art versus modern morality

By Jt Breaux
October 7, 2021

TW: mentions of sexual assault and abuse A new exhibition at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which opened on Aug. 12 and runs until Jan. 2, entitled Titian: Women, Myth, and Power, reunites six...

Amanda Richards 10 and Dawn Steinberg 82 worked on the Fantasy Island Reboot.

Emerson alums help create “Fantasy Island” reboot

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
September 23, 2021

Two Emerson alumni—who graduated the college nearly 30 years apart—found themselves collaborating in Sony’s casting department to bring Fox’s reboot of the 1970s show “Fantasy Island” to life. While...

Anna Feder at the Bright Lights Film Series in 2019.

Bright Lights Film Series releases their fall 2021 program

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 21, 2021

The college’s Bright Lights Film Series announced their fall 2021 lineup on Sept. 7, featuring 12 documentary films that highlight social justice issues.  The series is curated by VMA Professor Anna...

Alum wins first Oscar for Best Cinematography in ‘Mank’

Alum wins first Oscar for Best Cinematography in ‘Mank’

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
April 28, 2021

Alum Erik Messerschmidt ‘02 won his first Oscar for Best Cinematography for Mank, directed by David Fincher, at the 93rd Academy Awards this past Sunday.  Mank, released on Nov. 13, 2020, is a story...

A woman speaks to filmmaker Ralph Celestin in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection.

Local filmmaker releases trailer ahead of documentary ‘Capitol Riots’

By Madison E. Goldberg, Managing Editor
April 14, 2021

Independent filmmaker Ralph Celestin said he will always be haunted by the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when just six days into the new year, a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building. Footage...

Students working on a film set.

Productions amid a Pandemic: how student films are being affected by COVID-19

By Margarita Ivanova, Correspondent
April 1, 2021

Visual media arts majors involved in creative projects outside of school have had numerous opportunities taken away from them during the pandemic. Despite this setback, many students still managed to continue...

Still from A Quiet Place: Part II.

Fifteen movies that COVID took from us by postponing their release

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
March 17, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic delayed more than 100 movies from being released in theaters in the past year, and pushed several straight to streaming platforms. As a result of the numerous film postponements,...

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Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past, for better or for worse

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
March 9, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic came the closing of movie theaters everywhere. This changed the way people consume movies, going from sitting in front of the big screen with a huge bucket of warm buttered popcorn,...

Still from the film MINARI

‘MINARI’ highlights the many difficulties immigrant families in America face

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
March 5, 2021

Director Lee Isaac Chung’s eye-opening film “MINARI'' left me teary-eyed. The film illustrates the struggles of a Korean American family as they are on the search to accomplish their own “American...

Algorithm bias researcher Joy Buolamwini showing the racist faults in the Aspire Mirror.

‘Coded Bias’ latest screening from Bright Lights Film Series, highlights racial bias in AI

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
March 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence, defined as “the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” has the potential to shape the future of every industry. Yet...

Still from Disneys Raya and the Last Dragon

Ryn Soorholtz ’16 serves as production coordinator on Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
February 23, 2021

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes viewers on an epic journey through the eyes of lone warrior, Raya, as she tracks down the last dragon to help her stop an evil force...

Noah Centineo as Peter and Lana Condor as Lara Jean in To All the Boys Ive Loved Before.

To All the Books I’ve Loved Before: What Happened to Netflix’s Top Teen Franchise

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
February 17, 2021

For Valentine’s Day, Netflix gifted its subscribers with the third and final installment of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie series based on the book trilogy of the same name by Jenny Han.  The...

Still from Machine Gun Kellys film Downfalls High

Emo Never Dies: Machine Gun Kelly’s directorial debut

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
February 16, 2021

If you’re anything like me, you love a cheesy high school romance where the outcast loner gets the popular girl despite all the odds against him. Cliche romance meets pop-punk in Machine Gun Kelly’s ...

Still from Down a Dark Stairwell

ArtsEmerson screens film ‘Down a Dark Stairwell,’ hosts post-film discussion

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
February 10, 2021

During a post-screening chat about her new documentary “Down a Dark Stairwell” hosted by ArtsEmerson, journalist-turned-director Ursula Liang said she was drawn to Akai Gurley’s case–who was shot...

The Big Scary S Word post-screening virtual discussion and Q&A

‘The Big Scary ‘S’ Word’ documents American socialism at Bright Lights Emerson film series

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
February 7, 2021

A public school teacher and a former Marine turned to socialism due to their financial struggles in a documentary directed by Yael Bridge. The Big Scary “S” Word documents the American socialist movement...

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