I’m very pleased to be guest-blogging here at Feministe for the next two weeks.
I’m a filmmaker and I teach first year film and video production classes at a film school in Chicago (and do a lot of freelance and temp work to keep a roof over my head and pay for health insurance). I’ve also worked extensively in the foreign aid business and for non-profits as a project manager and proposal writer. I’m straight, white, cis, fat, and depressed on and off (currently ON). I like dystopian YA novels, cooking, taking photos, the genius caption writers at The Economist, pre-code “women’s” pictures, studying how fucked up the 1950s were vs. the weird alternate reality described in conservative nostalgia, and films that pass the Bechdel Test. I abuse parentheses and ellipses like an 8th grader, and I have a really evil laugh.
I blog at CaptainAwkward.com. The blog was born out of learning to be assertive completely from scratch as an adult, a fascination with advice columns and the glimpses they give you into people’s stories, and from wanting to consistently produce something creative that would not eat money and time the way filmmaking does. It’s been really rewarding, especially because the commenters are so engaged and smart and helpful.
I’ve been saving a few Captain Awkward letters to post here this week, and also hope to post about filmmaking, teaching, advice and advice columns, work, dating, friendship, and whatever else catches my fancy.