The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Alum searches for spirits in supernatural series

Over a decade ago, Elizabeth Zephryin McDonough ‘06 interviewed a stranger claiming to have psychic abilities. Inspired by the eccentric individual, McDonough created a character who now headlines the new Facebook-exclusive mockumentary web series Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter.

Professor edits book on heaven, hell, and horror

Cynthia Miller began as an editor of western essays and films, but when she stumbled upon the zombie-western It Came From The West, her focus shifted from cowboys to the undead. This summer, Miller released her most recently edited essay collection, which discusses horror films through a mystic lens.

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Publishing panel marches "Gayly Forward"

Writing, literature and publishing assistant professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis hosted Gayly Forward: The Future of LGBT Publishing last Tuesday in the Bill Bordy Theater. The panel featured experts William Johnson, Alexander Chee, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Bryan Lowder.

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

Give me a happy medium, damn it: music bright enough for the last few pleasant days of the year, but dark enough for the long winter nights to come. Give me September music.

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Alum’s Sundance short to become feature film

Jim Cummings’ ‘09 Thunder Road began as lines of dialogue recorded on the Voice Memos app during his daily commute. Last year, it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and now Cummings is adapting it into a feature film.

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Professor's art explores global issues with virtual reality

Portal to an Alternative Reality is Professor John Craig Freeman's gallery of augmented and virtual reality projects. It opened at Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery on Wednesday Sept. 20.

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Alumna's documentary supports local food

Last month Haley Thompson '04 completed How We Grow, a documentary about the obstacles young farmers face in order to grow food for locals in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.

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Bites and open mics at Center Stage

Center Stage features a small wooden stage surrounded by cafe-style seating, and a store selling drinks and packaged items.

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Alumni win big at Creative Arts Emmys

Art director Joe Celli ‘91 said he makes a concerted effort not to get his hopes up at awards shows, since he has lost more than he has won.

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Q&A: Claire Alexandra Doyle ‘00

Doyle has worked on projects like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scream Queens , and The Amazing Spider Man and on people like J.J. Abrams, Conor McGregor, and Chris Rock. Speaking with the Beacon, she offered advice and insights from her career.

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Alum pens a mixed-breed read for children

Isabel Thottam's children’s book follows a half-labrador, half-poodle, fashion-blogging dog named Joey who one day awakens to find that his signature hairstyle, or “doodle”, has disappeared.

13 Reasons Why jogs your mind of things you ran from

As one Facebook friend of mine phrased it, the show is “trauma porn.” Its goal was to raise awareness for mental illnesses, but for people with mental illness, all it does is bring back memories they don’t want to remember.

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ASIA showcases storytellers in annual gala

“There is this need for a platform or venue for Asian-American and Pacific Islander identifying students to showcase their work,” Moriya said.

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Connor Abeles collaborates to create mixtape

“Over the past year I met all of these wonderfully talented musicians, people who were very down to pour their own flavor into this concept and this vision that I had,” Abeles said. “This project would not be anywhere near what it is and what it’s going to be without these people.”

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Storytelling group delves into freshman fiascos

Ramos has been trying to figure out a way to bring people together to talk about their past experiences for a while and decided last month that this would be the perfect way to get everyone together.