Monday, August 10, 2020

Gamer dream team

After hours of work, the birth of a video game comes to reality for 18-year-old Leilani Toone. Face etched in deep concentration and buried in drawings, moving objects appearing on two computer screens, a short-haired blonde head bobs up from a desk smiling at her partner in crime, her dad.   The game started for Toone, a student at Pierce...

#InstaFame

Huddled in an intimate circle, surrounding a palm-sized digital camera sitting atop a black tripod, five casually dressed twenty-something year olds break into fits of laughter. Their eyes laser in on the camera’s screen as they review the footage they just shot. The actors  filmed a parody of popular dating websites, such as Match.com, taking turns speaking to the camera...

An out of body experience

Photo by: Alan Castro   As he glides across the concrete ground with a hypnotizing stare, his body seems to shift form to a liquid-like movement. Resembling the motion of a contortionist, pair of arms are brought over a tilted head that is followed by a shoulder that rotates all the way around without popping out. He stares into his audience’s...

Living in Solitude

Photo by: Lynn Levitt   The setting sun painted the cloudy sky with deep orange hues that added to the peace and tranquility of the place of worship. Somewhere within the ornate surroundings, chanting could be heard from a man in a white robe and red sash. Krishnama Charyulu Samudrala, a priest at the temple, was leading a prayer in a...

Form & Function

The sun rises on the canyon and with it comes not the sounds of birds singing but the whirring of drills. Hammering echoes over the hills that are covered in grasses nearly waist high in some spots. A breeze caresses the curves of the hill and causes the grass to wave lackadaisically in cool of this early Saturday morning. The...

Louder than Words

Two women, two artists, from two different countries share one common voice. A voice against injustice and inequality, a voice against sexual assault and domestic violence, a voice, “Louder Than Words.” Sexual assault is rooted in history. When a land army was victorious, the women were captured and raped. This problem has never disappeared, however, in times of peace, they were...

Corbin’s Monsters

Tucked away in a cramped garage in Calabasas, California, monsters are created. The smell of burnt fuel and melted metal stains the atmosphere. The monsters that leave this space are flame-spitting, ear-splitting, sensory-polarizing devil’s chariots. Corbin Goodwin, a 25-year-old mechanical engineering major at CSUN, gained notoriety when his first mad creation was featured on the /Drive Channel on YouTube. His...

Making a new home

One of eleven children, Mario Sandoval made his way to the United States. After nineteen years he is getting his American citizenship, at Olvera Street, Los Angeles, Sept. 30, 2015. Photo: Lynn Levitt.   Over the sound of his quiet measured breaths Mario Sandoval could hear voices outside the vehicle. After the man outside gave permission for the car to “go...

Clipping the Clippers

NBA stars are constantly in the spotlight. They need to have the newest kicks, the freshest clothes and blinged-out watches; it may as well be a part of the job description. One of the biggest aspects of the overall swagger a player must uphold is “the cut.” If you walk on the court with a bad haircut, you’ll be a...

Producer on the run

Juxtaposed against her thin frame and bubbly personality, Racquel Lehrman plays a leading role in theater entertainment. Despite being almost 3,000 miles from New York, she is bringing Broadway to Southern California. Theater is Lehrman’s greatest passion. Her goal is to help keep the art alive as she runs her own production company in Los Angeles. She believes in the personable...