I just found out I am the recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Social Change Grant, a Philadelphia-based grant that awards funds to women and trans artists who work towards social change. Visit their website and read about the different artists and projects Leeway has funded. Utterly mesmerizing/ inspiring.
Over the next year I plan on creating a short puppet/animation film that uses fantasy and magical realism to confront issues of depression, self-harm, and suicide. This project seeks to showcase the hardships, beauty, and magic of survival.The film will be a submission to the Sent(a)mental Project, a memorial to suicides in the LGBTQ community curated by artist Dylan Scholinski.
I am going to post the process on my blog: http://stitchingtentacles.tumblr.com
Thanks for everyone who helped me out!
November was so busy and it isn't even over yet. Thanks to everyone who came out to the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (which I was unable to attend due to stress and illness) and the Let's Make a Ruckus Festival at the Painted Bride.
If you happen to be in Philadelphia December 2nd and 3rd please check out Puppet Rising's Year End Cabaret!I have had the distinct pleasure of performing this cabaret the past few years and always look forward to it.
This year features Beth Nixon and Sarah Lowry (of Missoula Oblogata), idiosynCRAZY productions, the Agave Opera Co, Charlie Sarks, the Ragdoll Engine, and Geppetta with musical guest Matt Schreiber.
Join us December 2nd and 3rd 8pm
at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut)
Bring some extra cash for snacks and art for the Cheap Art Bazaar!
Let’s make a Ruckus! November 11 – 12 8pm $10 BYOB
Curated by veteran director, playwright,
performance artist, and actor Greg Giovanni
Hosted by Philadelphia’s favorite ruckateers: Greg Giovanni, Madi Distefano and Ricky Paul
A festival of new performance artists – Ruckus is a celebration of “demanding to be heard” voices. Spotlighting a sassy, snarky, in-your-face line-up of comedic and dramatic performers under 30 seeking the opportunity to scream their angers and fears from the rooftop, this is not an art happening for the light-hearted or politically polite. Cynics and smart-asses will be standard fare for this performance fest.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=228510233870210
If you have any doubt that the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival Nov 3rd - 5th is going to be anything less than spectacular then watch the video below (watch even if such doubt in nonexistent)...
puppets are the ultimate charmer.