I Made A Documentary on My Grandmother Titled ‘Leonie Superstar’

This short film was an assignment for my documentary class but I had never treated it as such. I hadn’t cared about my final grade or if it were going to be any good at all — well at least I did at first. I went in worried that I may not get all the footage I needed under the time constraints imposed by the semester. Furthermore, I was anxious from the very beginning that my final project just wouldn’t be good enough. But the second I put the camera in front of  my grandma’s face all of that anxiety had disappeared. I had realized then, and even now, that these seven days I had spent with her would prove to be the most precious week of my entire life.

Making Leonie Superstar was such a humbling experience that brought me much closer to my grandmother. Yet, at the same time filming this documentary was a difficult and often heartbreaking  experience. We view our grandparents as these ubiquitous figures in our lives from a very young age. For some reason we believe that they’ll never leave us; like they are some immortal rock in our family tree. Now, sadly, I realized that they do leave us one day. It’s life and I’ve come to terms with that, as has my grandmother.

So I couldn’t let the stories, experiences and life of a human who has lived well over 80 years slip away. I tried to encapsulate as much as I could in this short doc about my grandmother, Leonie Superstar.

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Where do I Begin?

To answer the title: I have no idea. For those of you who are familiar with this site you know that I suck at balancing blogging with my college life. I’ve just completed my second year and still haven’t found a way to keep 4therace running like it had in High School. I see that despite my failings of being a consistent writer, I still have a small readership which is so humbling and I would like to take the time to thank all those who visited my site throughout this long hiatus. I want to say that I am back and will remain consistent but I just don’t know how this summer will go. Hopefully I master the art of balancing academics, my social life and blogging before the Fall but as of right now I’d just like to say that I am here and eager to join the WordPress community again.

For those who may have forgotten or may not know at all…

I (still) love movies. I am a proud nerd. I love to read. I love to write and I hope to write film criticism full-time one day. Expect some new content on the way and hopefully, after taking a couple film classes in college, my film criticism has improved.

Leave a comment, or ask a question. I’m here to answer!

 

 

Ingrid Goes West [Film of the Week #5]

Ingrid, wonderfully realized by one of my new favorite actresses Aubrey Plaza, is depicted to be nothing short of a psychopathic, obsessive social media user. Moments after we are first introduced to her crying while scrolling through Instagram, she storms into a wedding and pepper sprays the bride, an ex-friend, for not inviting her. The eponymous character soon discovers Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an internet famous photographer,  and moves to LA in a crazy conquest to become the celeb’s best-friend. Hoping that Taylor would see a semblance of herself if the two were ever to meet, Ingrid grows unhealthy infatuated with the celeb’s Instagram and uses the platform to become “Taylor 2.0”. Ingrid is caught a little off guard when she first meets Taylor and fails to befriend her. So she stalks her home, steals her dog and returns him only to get closer to her idol. It works. Despite the lengths Ingrid went to become Taylor’s friend she isn’t crazy — and I don’t think the film intends for her to be identified as such — but more so she’s a product of the movie’s true villain, social media.

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My Blogging New Years Resolution

Any stranger to 4therace should know that I am a lover of films. I hope to complete a minor in film at my school and continue film studies into graduate school. My dream is to become a film critic and possibly a screenwriter one day. 4therace is extremely special to me because I not only get to connect with so many awesome readers but also get to the chance to strengthen my film review and analysis skills outside the classroom. I’m aware that I struggle to keep up blogging throughout the semester but I really want to push myself in 2018. Life is going to get busier for me but it never should be too hard for me to practice what I love doing. So I’ve made a promise with myself to write about every movie I watch this year and post my words here on 4therace. I’m already three movies behind but at least it means I have some content to talk about! I’ve got a review for last year’s Ingrid Goes West and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It on the way so do stick around!

Celebrating 2017 on 4therace

Even though I still struggle to blog during the semester, 2017 was a record setting year for visitors, views and likes here on 4therace.

To celebrate 2017 on 4therace, I’ve compiled a list of some of this site’s top 10s as well as some of my favorite things coming out of 2017 – just to get to know me a little better. Before delving in I’d like to thank all those who visited my blog, took the time to read my posts and comment. Each and every one of you keep this blog running and inspire me to write more and continuously improve my content every year. I thank you once again, and hope you enjoy this post which celebrates what I’ve done but mostly what you’ve pushed me to accomplish!

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Star Wars in Relation to My Life

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On December 17th, 2015 I received my first admission decision from a university I vividly pictured myself living and learning in. They didn’t want me. Rejection hurts bad as a seventeen year old and still does two years later at the age of nineteen. Admittedly, I sobbed a little that night scared that I wouldn’t be anywhere in the Fall of 2016. A day later I saw the highly anticipated  Force Awakens with around 15 people. For about 2 hours my anxieties and worries of the real world disappeared. I left the theater elated but still scared of the future. Later on I applied to several other schools and hoped for the best. That frightened 12th grader to the left is me.

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The Last Jedi Trailer Trailer Analysis!

I’m not going to do a shot by shot analysis like I did The Last Jedi’s official teaser  because this full length trailer has way too much going on — in a good way. I will, however, share my thoughts on how the story of Episode VIII may unfold based on some observations I’ve made.

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Let’s Talk About: My Inexplicable Excitement for Blade Runner 2049

Thanks to a man who accidently stumbled on the other side of the world 500 plus years ago, I’ve got a 4-day weekend! And in this 4-day weekend I plan to do a couple things: 1) catch up on some blogging and blog myself 2) do some work (not really) and 3) watch freaking Blade Runner 2049! 

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Life Question #2

Having social anxiety can hinder your ability to interact in casual conversation and can make it difficult to even interact with those who you may consider close to you. Do you tell the latter that despite being the few people you feel comfortable around they still make you anxious or do you forever keep to yourself?