Good evening!

I just wanted to thank you all for the wonderful response I got on my last post “Inside the Head of a Meth Addict

It’s funny how that type of writing feels so much more personal than regular news writing — I almost felt nervous about publishing it, and it wasn’t even about me. I guess telling someone else’s story just comes with a feeling of more responsibility. But to me, storytelling is about expanding horizons and stepping outside comfort zones, so I’m glad I did it.

To read the whole piece and watch the video click on the picture below.

Photo: Maria Lavelle.

Since last time I’ve been very busy with school. Yup, last semester at Augustana, and I’m taking a math class, Good Lord. I actually spent so much time looking at numbers and graphs this week that I decided to treat myself with spending 10 hours inside the movie theatre over the weekend.

Okay, calm down. It’s not what it sounds like.

You’re probably picturing a film binge where x-gallons of popcorn was consumed during the course of five movies back to back — an attempt of escaping the responsibilities of college life and homework. But not so fast.

At the West Mall 7 theatre in Sioux Falls. Photo: Mike Shafer.

Cinema Falls hosted a weekend of Oscar nominated short film screenings, and I had the pleasure of volunteering at the event and got to watch every single one of them. Needless to say, it was awesome, and the after party was great as well. The fact that I could run away from my homework for a while was merely a bonus.

The Cinema Falls event was sold out, so don’t let this “illustrative” photo of me casually eating popcorn deceive you. Photo: Mike Shafer.

I would choose a classy cocktail night at the country club with people three times my own age, over a house party with loud music and red plastic cup, any day. (You already know that I avoid those parties to the best of my ability) Many of the guests at this party have watched thousands of movies over four or five decades, so the topics of conversation were significantly more fulfilling than the ones I associate with the beer-pong-and-plastic-cup kind of setting, haha.

As an aspiring filmmaker I do take the experienced movie-goers’ perspective very seriously. I’m just a little disappointed the people at my table didn’t like Forrest Gump. Seriously?! But other than that, I feel truly enriched by this weekend’s film fuel.


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