Monday, August 23, 2010

Monstra Iris - International Animation Festival

The Magical Porno Theater was selected for the Short Film competition in the International Animation Festival for Sexual Diversity in Brazil. The festival runs from September 15 to 19 in Rio de Janeiro as well as September 24 to 30 in Sao Paulo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Graduate School - Orientation Week

Orientation Week: A collection of speeches, workshops, and lecture hall meetings spanning August 16th to the 20th. The very first day catered specifically to the incoming graduate population.  An itinerary was given out at check-in of which attendees picked from a wide selection of of events.

Although I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I had never been to USC. The first meeting was set up in May for the newly accepted students to meet their future student body, faculty, studio, etc. I missed this date because I had been in Iceland. The freeway was packed with morning rush hour traffic, before getting lost around the exits to exposition park.

The day started off with a reception between 10am and 11am. Of course, I arrived well after this reception. I managed attend a late check-in, where I was handed all the orientation material.  Looking at the list of activities, I could see the events were most about preaching common sense than anything that I could find useful. My needs could be satisfied with a GPS system and a trip to the book store.

August Issue of the Daily Trojan
Student Newspaper: I'm working as a column artist at the USC newspaper The Daily Trojan. I spend a few hours every week illustrating visual supplements for the opinion section. Here's a link to some of my pieces: here. Assignments are generally pretty simple, with one per week. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010


One of my photographs was featured on the Australian audioblog, Mykriteek. You can listen to the 90 second audio critique here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Graduate School - Arrival in Los Angeles

I arrived in Los Angeles. Flying into LAX, my parents picked me up from the airport.  It was early August and even at night the air was warm and thick. My luggage was no where to be found.

After thirty minutes, I was the only person from my flight standing around the Alaskan Air baggage claim. Devoid of luggage, I walked over the the baggage kiosk to place a claim.  The official manning the booth explained my lost items were sitting in San Francisco awaiting a TSA inspection. They must have wanted a whole night to play with my 16mm editing equipment and plethera of ladies underwear. 

I had been living abroad for more than two years. The European Union and European Economics Agreement prevented me from living a normal life. I was forbidden from working, attending university, and even legalizing my residency due to the xenophobic legistalation plaguing the Icelandic ministries.  Trying to stear my life in the magins has been met with constant shipwreck and failure.

I was accepted into graduate school at USC and jumped at the chance to have a normal life. I had come back to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at USC.

USC wasn't my first choice. My dream school was KASK. A university in Gent, Belgium.  The process of applying to the university as a foreign student was impossible. The school is small and their non-EU student population is almost non-existent. As an American with know offical ties to Europe, the international student adviser didn't know what do do with me. My application literally fell through her fingers and no amount of emails could get her attention. KASK is one of my biggest missed opportunities. I might have to reapply when I gain EU citizenship in a hundred years.