"Know How," the first-ever, feature film written and acted by youth in foster care. Their lives. Their stories. Their voices. Directed by Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza. It stars Joshua Elijah Adams, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark, Michael Kareem Dew, Gabrielle Garcia, Ainsley Henry, Gilbert Howard, Lee Jimenez, Claribelle Pagan, and Ebonee Simpson.
A film written and acted by foster care youth ripped from the stories of their lives. Five youth’s worlds interweave as they confront loss, heartbreak, and come of age in this tale about transience and perseverance. Addie struggles to graduate from high school while her best friend Marie loses her grandmother. Megan copes with being taken from her abusive family and faces the harsh reality of living in a residential treatment center. All the while Eva works to be mother to her sister while their father falls deeper into a crack addiction. Finally, there’s Austin who’s living on the street with his brother; barely able to feed himself. All of them must decide to survive or else fall victim to a broken system.
We’re aiming to get 10,000 views of our KNOW HOW TRAILER before our World Premiere on March 8th! We already have 1,246 in one day!
If you have the time, can you share our trailer and get five of your friends to watch it?
I know we can do it (because my friends are awesome and so are yours!) and take our film one step further toward changing the future of foster care!
Fall Recommendation: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian ”Cosmic Geometry” the first extensive survey of a wonderful 87 year old New York-based Persian artist who over the last forty years has explored mirror mosaics, reverse glass painting, and islamic geometry in her art. Includes essays by her friends Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin Neshat and others. Published by Damiani on September 30th.
Farmanframaian is also shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 2011 which will be announced this month.
by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
"To all the Johnny Ryans"
Made for Comics Workbook
(for Mia S. + Simon H.)
That’s just the tip of Johnny Ryan’s shitty iceberg.
Just to be clear — the phrase “all the Johnny Ryans” refers to “shock” underground cartoonists in general, not one specific person, and the quote amalgamates a number of things I read in different contexts from cartoonists and critics defending this kind of work.
Someone posted along with this, “i’d like to see a complete list of johnny ryans.”
To which I say: No, because comics is high school, so I gotta see the same people over and over again at cons for the rest of my life.
Mia S. and Simon H. are, of course, Mia Schwartz and Simon Hanselmann. Dunno why I was so coy about it. Simon because of her comics making fun of the Vice dudebro scene and Johnny Ryan. Mia and I had talked on twitter a lot about our frustration with this kind of attitude in art comics, and those conversations spurred me on to make it. The direct inspiration, though, was every conversation on TCJ ever.
This comic is available for sale as a PDF in:
- Hey, Chicago ($5, 60 pages) collecting AM Draws James Joyce, Decorum, and Stitching Together.
- Decorum on its own ($1, 16 pages)
- or in Annie Mok: Collected 2008-2013 ($9, 158 pages), which includes Screentests, Blue Blue Blues, Stitching Together (“the Jim Henson one”), Annie Mok Draws James Joyce, B-Sides: Uncollected Anthology Stories, Chris Ware: Paper Musician, and Decorum.
I don’t give a shit if R. Crumb blew your mind. he made me wanna vomit, as a brown female-bodied queer survivor. It’s about time we started changing this shock-value misogynist racist trigger-inspiring stuff, rather than perpetuating the newbies with their old bs.
IISADIIBAD : overgrown
i wish I could have copped one, paddykins