gender is a drag
Crisis pregnancy centers are pro-life organizations that “counsel” women into not getting abortions. These centers pretend to offer abortions, but give women false information and trick them into not getting abortions. The crisis pregnancy center video is heavily inspired by Nina Rodriguez Yuen’s video style. The voice-over portion of this video is the story of a woman who unwillingly comes to a crisis pregnancy center for an abortion and is tricked into feeling guilty for getting an abortion. The woman gets an abortion anyway, but experiences extreme guilt and goes into a state of depression. The video depicts a series of clips involving a pomegranate. In Hindu traditions, a pomegranate symbolizes prosperity and fertility. The pomegranate portrays the pregnant woman’s child in the story, and pro-lifers’ idea that keeping a child will lead to prosperity. Throughout the video, the pomegranate is altered until it is finally torn open. Throughout the video, there are also clips that tie back into the bigger idea of crisis pregnancy centers manipulating women. Overall, the video is showing how although they may seem harmless, crisis pregnancy centers are problematic and cause women to lose their autonomy.
I’m Entitled to the Pursuit of Happiness (And This Isn’t It)
For this project, I want to convey the feeling of being a young transgender person-- the unrest, the dysphoria, and namely the confusion. In this video I am layering various short clips of everyday activities in my life while still keeping the sound intact for each one. Two long takes are layered at the very bottom of the video, both of me starting off wearing red lipstick and rubbing it off uncomfortably. The anxiety in this video is communicated by the disorienting overlapping audio alongside the pattern of how every aspect of my life is miserably affected by my gender. I want to relay my struggle of being caught between the expectations for a daughter my family has of me, the idea of a man society wants me to be, and what it means to me to be who I am.
Memoirs of a Sk8r Grl
Wouldn't You Love to Love Her