Samara O'Shea

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This Movie is Brought to You by Adolescent Angst

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

I’ve mentioned my friend Dave and his project Mortified before. I’m thrilled to announce that Mortified has been made into a movie called Mortified Nation. This movie is made possible by people willing to pull out the diaries they kept as teenagers and share. What brave souls! Enjoy the preview…

Had to Share. . .

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

. . .this remarkable project. First, take a look. Then find out more at Kickstarter.

The Raven

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I am interrupting my hiatus to share a video art project I mentioned a while back. I teamed up with two good friends and we had some fun with Poe’s most famous work: “The Raven.”

Below is a description of the project and below that is the video itself. If you have a moment to stop by the Vimeo page and leave a comment it would be greatly appreciated (by me and Poe). Don’t worry, we didn’t cut the poem short. We’re only posting two minutes(ish) of the eight-minute video to accommodate short attention spans. Without further ado:

Edgar Allan’s Poe’s supernatural poem “The Raven” gets a 21st-century twist in an 8-minute video by Poker Fairy Tale. Although it was written 167 years ago, “The Raven” is as haunting and relevant now as it was when it was first published. Hidden in the shadows are themes of voyeurism, feminism and how social media enables the descent into modern madness.

Rarely is “The Raven” recited by a woman. Here, the female voice lends itself to emotional cues that might be missed with the traditional male reading. For example, the narrator mentions “smiling” twice in the poem leading listeners to believe s/he is more manic than melancholy. Filmed in the attic of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, PA the decaying exterior represents the narrator’s emotionally rotting interior.

Created by Samara O’Shea, Daniel Meirom & Jennifer Shahade for Features Samara O’Shea as the narrator. Sound mix by Quinn Waters. Poker Fairy Tale is a collection of game inspired video art excerpts created by Daniel Meirom and Jennifer Shahade.

The Raven from Poker Fairy Tale on Vimeo.

The Mortified Sessions

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I spent my holiday weekend being thankful for two things 1. The unseasonably gorgeous weather and 2. The people I know. I feel fortunate to have genuine, kind, creative, and loyal people in my life–friends and family alike. I’ll try to sing some of their praises this week. I’ll start with my friend Dave, who will host a TV show on the Sundance Channel beginning on December 5th.

Just about 10 years ago, Dave launched a project called Mortified. Mortified is many things. It started as a stage show, it’s also a book (two books), and a series of youtube videos. Mortified is a celebration of the awkward letters, journal entries, photos, and other ephemera we amass during our adolescent years. Here’s how the website explains:

“The project began in the late 1990s when founder Dave Nadelberg unearthed a notably awkward love letter and began sharing with friends. Formalizing as Mortified in 2002 with co-producer Neil Katcher, the project has since sifted through thousands of volumes of otherwise forgotten notebooks, photos, and envelopes in an effort crack the lid off our cultural shoebox and expose our inner geek. Participants include a wide range of people, from professional performers (comics, celebrities, singers) to total amateurs (architects, ad execs, salesmen) all in the noble pursuit of personal redemption through public humiliation.”

The next chapter for Mortified is a show on the Sundance Channel called The Mortified Sessions, in which Dave interviews celebrities about their awkward days growing up. He told me about the show earlier this year, and I’m impressed that it has come together so quickly. The big premiere is only a week from today. Congratulations my friend!


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I mentioned Kartemquin Films earlier this month when I shared the trailer for a documentary called On Beauty. They’re a fascinating company. They’ve been making documentaries since the 60s. I came across the trailer of another one of their inviting works. It’s called Typeface and focuses on the past and the future of graphic print. Take a look:

Please Ask Please Tell!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Today we are a little bit closer to “liberty and justice for all.”

The End of Publishing

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Check this out. It’s pretty cool. . .