Things to Read, Watch & Eat Right Now

This year has been a doozy. Let’s forget the obvious for a minute and focus on staying sane and happy amidst and regardless of it all while still fighting the evils at hand. I’ve been reading a lot of books this year, for research, inspiration and just plain old joy. Memoirs and biographies, short stories and essays, while I work on new projects and my own book of essays and stories about the years spent coming and going, restlessly running and staying. Everything from Jill Soloway to Mary McCarthy, Joan Didion, Kathy Acker, Meghan Daum, Germaine Greer, Joan Juliet Buck, Ariel Levy, Katie Roiphe, and this weekend, Claire Dederer‘s Love And Trouble, which is a perfect reflection of 40-something melancholy as we come full circle to who we were, are and still becoming. Now looking forward to Chris Kraus’ new biography, After Kathy Acker, which comes out August 18th. In that same pool is a great list of stuff to watch online and even Continue reading

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Director and Cinematographer, New Reel, 2017

Director / Cinematographer, Reel 2017 from Hellin Kay on Vimeo.

I got inspired to learn Adobe Premiere Pro two weeks ago so I could edit some of my own projects when the mood strikes and not depend on budgets or favors to get it done. When I was in film school I used to spend countless hours editing my films on a flat bed, hot splicing the negatives, weaving stories together through image and sound. It was one of my favorite things to do and editing this new reel of work was a reminder of how empowering it is to control the output of your own creative projects. The link above includes new director and cinematography work from the past two years.

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Cecilia Kuhn

RIP Cecilia Kuhn, an incredible woman who changed the world of music and beyond, including many of us. A founding member of punk band Frightwig, pictured above far left with her band mates Deanna Mitchell and Mia Simmons, she made it ok to be an angry girl. And for that plus much more, we thank you and love you.

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Taryn Manning Music Video

The music video I directed, shot and styled for Taryn Manning was released today. Check out the original director’s cut below. I captured it on a Canon digital camera as well as my constant go to 16mm Bolex film camera, with all natural and available light, at my friend’s incredible Grasmere Estate in Rhinebeck, New York, my favorite place to shoot. Continue reading

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Beth Ditto, Solo Debut Album

Goddess Beth Ditto makes her solo debut with Fake Sugar, which hits June 16th. In the meantime, the first single was released today. Listen to “Fire” below and buy it here. Continue reading

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Erin Fetherston Fall Shoot

Going through all the photo shoots I did for designer Erin Fetherston last year and realized I never posted anything from the fall 2016 shoot, which we did last summer with Sarah Wilson and Ari Cooper. We shot Ecomm and three months worth of editorial and advertising all in one day. By 5PM I was sunburned, dazed and exhausted but I got some of my favorite photos out of that shoot. More editorial and advertising images below. The Ecomm wasn’t as exciting. Continue reading

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Little Vera, Vasily Pichul

“Making a film is an exercise in hope.” –Vasily Pichul

Sometimes I get nostalgic (now there’s a newsflash) and feel like watching old films that have stuck with me over the years, films that made such an impression at every age I can watch them a 1000 times over and still feel like I’m seeing them for the first time. Included on this list are gems like “Overboard,” “Clueless,” “Lead Shoes,” “Killer of Sheep,” and “Vivre Sa Vie,” all in the same measure (don’t judge). The 1988 film “Little Vera” is among those titles. But when I went online the other day to see if I could find this Soviet New Wave era film in all its full length glory I was shocked and saddened to find the obituary of the film’s director instead. Vasily Pichul, who directed one of my all time Continue reading

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Erasure, Love You To The Sky

These boys have not disappointed me since 1990. That’s the year I went to my first gay dance club in high school, where it didn’t matter how old you were (Sundays were all ages) or even if you were gay or straight, you could blissfully dance the night away on top of the counters, and most of the time our favorite tracks were starring Erasure. “Love You To The Sky” is the first track from their brand new album, World Be Gone, which is out May 19th.

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Ann Demeulemeester, Fall 2017

Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2017, love love love… More below. Continue reading

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Goldfrapp, Silver Eye

More new music to add to the March list below. Goldfrapp is releasing her latest, Silver Eye March 31st on Mute Records. Listen to the new track “Ocean,” above and check out upcoming tour dates below. Continue reading

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