Gitte’s Kitchen | Magic Medicinal Mushroom Raw Chocolate

Gitte’s Kitchen | Magic Medicinal Mushroom Raw Chocolate

Hey guys welcome to Gitte’s Kitchen. I’m doing a special edition, Magic Medicinal Mushrooms Raw Chocolate dish for you. I have my very special mushrooms in the coffee grinder. We are going to use amazing ceremonial grade cacao. They are doing ceremonies all around the world with cacao now because it opens your heart, it’s amazing for iron zinc magnesium. Specially if you are vegan it immediately replenishes your brain. Coconut butter obviously the finest quality raw vegan, local honey (agave for vegan), amazing for allergies and other problems. Some cayenne one of the most amazing stimulants in the plant world. Turmeric it’s anti-inflammatory. Ginger so you can digest this in a very beautiful peaceful way.

Start by taking out some ceremonial grade superfood cacao. Use 3 huge tablespoon fulls. Then we are going to take our coconut butter. Use as much as the cacao, maybe a little bit more. Then we are going to take our bowl to the dehydrator.  Make sure it’s not above 118 degrees so it doesn’t kill any of the nutrients in the chocolate. Well let it sit in there for an hour and it will be melted and then we can add the other ingredients.

We are going to shred our turmeric and ginger together. When you are finish mixing the ginger and turmeric together, use the coffee grinder and make the mushroom powder. Mix the powder into the turmeric and ginger. I’m going to want to add some cayenne pepper for flavor. You can also add some sea salt to make it extra delicious. Make sure you mix it well.

Put all the ingredients in the bowl and blend it up smooth. Add some honey as a sweetener but a little goes a long way. After mixing the ingredients go ahead and fill a tray with the chocolate, push the chocolate down so it becomes smooth.

Now we filled up our chocolate in the tray, place it in the fridge for a couple of hours and it will be ready to be enjoyed.

Super cute. I put a few in a jar for some special friends.

My name is Gitte Thank you for watching!

Gitte Meldgaard is a Danish photographer and stylist based in LA.

Ingredients 

1 cup of Coconut Oil

1 cup of Cocao Powder

1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey (Agave for vegan)

A pinch Sea Salt 

1 nub of Ginger grated 

1 nub of Turmeric grated 

A pinch Cayenne Pepper

Magic Mushrooms (Your Choice)

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Studio Constance | The Circle of Sustainability

Studio Constance | The Circle of Sustainability

The concept of sustainability might be au current, but to think about what if the fabrications recycled have a chance to live in its own ecosystem, as if a terrarium for fashion. It’s a fascinating concept which has been applied to Rebecca Dovenryd Almberg clothing brand, Constance Studio. Named after the designer’s grandmother, the previous knitwear maestro behind Proenza Schouler and Jonathan Simkhai’s knits, launched the line in 2020 amidst the pandemic and social revolution. Though one would think that it would hinder the development of a new brand, these circumstances have been met with a great value in interpreting the way which the brands concept has been cultivated. From the touch of her fabrics, to the faint colors of faint lushness we got to know the Scandinavian designer who took on the spirit of Tinsel towns literary cool girl sister.  

You mentioned that the t shirts are silk and cashmere?

Yes, all of the pieces are cashmere and silk made in Italy the chunkier pieces are 100% lambswool also made in Italy, and are you familiar with the Constance Circle?

I looked it up briefly can you explain more, it’s a buyback program, right?

We are designing we are conscious of their materials the styles and how if we get it returned how can we recycle it. If you buy a piece, we allow you to return it in any condition and at any time in 10 years we will either put it in our Constance Circle collection, or we will recycle it. So the idea’s long-term goal is to be fully sustainable. Hopefully one day we can use all of our own recycled yarn. It will be years from now because right now we have to sell and then buy back. That is the idea and mission for the brand. There is just so much waste, because of the process. The system is just set up that way and it is hard to change the way you are already working. Now as a new brand you have the opportunity to just start.

Do you feel that fits in with this whole cottage core home I’m for lunch where concept as well, everything looks so comfortable?

It is one thing that I am trying to keep in mind during designing. You can wear it more casually or more dressed up and you can layer everything. The material is very nice to the skin. Everything can just be layered together.

Did you come up with these color combinations, it is very now. The turmeric orange, the taupe feeling, I feel like it is a very all across the board thing.

Thank you, I don’t even remember what the first inspiration was. I started to think about this a while back I was collaborating with this pastry chef who makes dessert installations. Her name is Amy Yip, her company is Yip Studios. She makes beautiful things. I picked the colors it went with both of our concepts. We had the inspiration of dried grapefruits and stones, more earthy tones. Another part of sustainability is some of the colors we did not have full control over because we were using limited run fabrics and worked with what we had. Which I kind of like working like that because you cannot plan everything do you have limitations. It’s another part of knitwear, you can’t do anything. With cut and sew you can just construct it however you want. Knitwear you need to calculate, “is it possible to achieve this shape?” It’s a challenge I really like.

The colors of great it’s like a neutral deliciousness, milk latte, grapefruit, cookie.

It’s been a journey. Another thing I wanted to mention is that this is our starting collection and moving forward we also like to keep in mind that its not seasonal. So this collection will be the one that will run over time. We will design into this collection and then we will restyle the pieces with a campaign shoot to give it new life, but try not to ever let the pieces go to sale or be put into a storage, because “Now it is out of season.” Hopefully we can make an organic transformation.

I think a lot of it has to do with reeducating the consumer. I’m a total fashion victim, but my wardrobe is split up between things that are quite extreme with other pieces I’ve had for over a decade. It’s training clients to realize that these are products that will last forever. Though that terminology tends to get so cliché. Like this is a perfect knitted tank to be worn at any age and forever.

Yes and I think, that we can buy so much, because of fast fashion, mass production, and all of that. It’s so available and we like having new things. Not needing those adds to the huge waste and environmental damage is done. It is the responsibility of the companies to educate or offer a change to the customer. It’s a lot to ask for the general public to just change their behavior and start spending more money.

The colors of great it’s like a neutral deliciousness, milk latte, grapefruit, cookie.

It’s been a journey. Another thing I wanted to mention is that this is our starting collection and moving forward we also like to keep in mind that its not seasonal. So this collection will be the one that will run over time. We will design into this collection and then we will restyle the pieces with a campaign shoot to give it new life, but try not to ever let the pieces go to sale or be put into a storage, because “Now it is out of season.” Hopefully we can make an organic transformation.

I think a lot of it has to do with reeducating the consumer. I’m a total fashion victim, but my wardrobe is split up between things that are quite extreme with other pieces I’ve had for over a decade. It’s training clients to realize that these are products that will last forever. Though that terminology tends to get so cliché. Like this is a perfect knitted tank to be worn at any age and forever.

Yes and I think, that we can buy so much, because of fast fashion, mass production, and all of that. It’s so available and we like having new things. Not needing those adds to the huge waste and environmental damage is done. It is the responsibility of the companies to educate or offer a change to the customer. It’s a lot to ask for the general public to just change their behavior and start spending more money.

You started the line in the midst of the quarantine and protest how to do you see the company aligning with that.

We were actually supposed to start and launch our company in March when the first lockdown happened and we had to cancel everything. I almost gave up I was so tired. We ended up launching May 29, the day before the protest fully broke out here in LA. It was really tough, everything went really silent, which is great no one at our launch posted anything we didn’t post anything.

It was a moment of solidarity for everyone. It’s almost like your work has shown its concept through this time.

Going forward it is part of our history especially with Covid, being a slow fashion brand has been a good thing for Constance. For us especially with the protest I felt like if I could build my community, I have the opportunity to speak through that. It was an eye-opener for a lot of people. For sure it is shaping everything.  

Why did you decide to settle in LA?

I moved to San Francisco from Sweden. I studied there and graduated from fashion school and then I moved to New York for work. Then when I started working with Jonathan Simkhai they moved their entire company out to LA. Coming  back here to California, I just love it here! I feel like there are so many opportunities here and the interest fashion. And it’s still an emerging market.

It’s not a secret but there is a specific girl who lives in LA and appreciates and understands this, a very genuine appreciation for quality and perfected wardrobe. It’s very much in the spirit of a very literary tradition.  

Yes, for sure! I love New York, it would be amazing to be there and launch a brand but it’s oversaturated and you would kind of blend in. I think being in LA is helpful for the brand, and I just want to be here, so it’s better to just set the foundation here!

Which is your neighborhood?

Silverlake!  

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Photography — David William Baum

Model — Brooke Makenzi

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Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

There are some things in life which are held with the esteem as performance art in its various forms. From ballet and jazz dance to puppetry and geisha fan dance. In these spaces there is an expectation to innovate or clasp onto tradition. Either way the sheer visceral experience of live performances has been ultimately halted amidst openings and closings of regions and the limitations of a 25% capacity. While we have to think of the safety of ourselves and others, we are creatures who need social exchange and the entertainment of beauty in all of its abstractions.

At a recent socially distance interaction I chatted with Miss Tosh, the world-renowned burlesque performer and designer, who holds a devotional clasp on the tradition of the craft. Her presence has been one which cultivated and champions the contemporary beauty of LGBTQIA+, body positive and POC figures, while shattering the institutional white hetero-gaze which has long been so deeply rooted int the craft’s identity.

Her latest presentation The Beauty of Burlesque, has been one which celebrates the glitz, glamour, and the precision of the art, which affirms that the dimensions of the performer do not fit rigidly in the parameters of yesterday’s performancer. One thing is clear, the corsets are always gonna cinch you in, the crystals will glimmer, and the dances will knock you off your feet. See our conversation below as we speak frankly about the state of burlesque, breaking the 4th wall, and maintaining curiosity in the midst of sheltering.

What inspired you to put this event together?

The lack of authentic diversity in the entertainment industry is was motivated me to create Beauty of Burlesque. This is variatease revue starring diverse artist from around the world. As the founder & producer of the show it was very important from day one that we shine the spotlight on artist that represents diversity in talent & identity, focusing on lgbtqai+, poc, differently abled, and body positivity. 

At the start of the Covid Pandemic theaters shut down and so did live entertainment. Artist didn’t have any where to performer and especially our POC Trans community was facing so much hardship we had to come together as a community and do something to keep the showbiz flame still burning! 

Our annual halloween event is something we all looked forward to, so I created a the first ever Drive-In Burlesque Theater & Virtual Streaming Platform. The first event was on Halloween this year. All the talent donated their performances and we were able to raise funds for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute!

Do you feel like working digitally has been a helpful medium to expand in or has it be stifling?

One of the most beautiful things about artists is that they are resilient! I am so joyfully overwhelmed by the creativity admits this madness. Producing and performing in the first ever feature length Burlesque film was no small feat and comes with its own challenges. But the most exciting part is seeing what new innovative ideas the performers have. We are now able to reach a global audience, which is really incredible! Beauty of Burlesque has really brought the global burlesque community closer together during this hard time.

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

In these times of isolation and self reflection what else have you been working on?

I also have a fashion label (MissTosh.com) During isolation I’ve been able to really focus on designing new pieces, sewing everything in my pink garage. I was very lucky to have just moved in with my love right before lockdown in March. We have been nesting and having fun building furniture, painting murals and decorating our home. Im always making something.

How have you been able to maintain and celebrate yourself and your mental health?

With so much uncertainty finding a ways to cope, process and heal can be really hard. I get anxiety, and have non epileptic seizures when I’m stressed or overwhelmed. Maintaining balance by just taking it day. Enjoying a bite of food, feeling the sun on my face, and trying too remain grounded and present. All we can do is try the best we can. 

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Do you have any luxuriant items that have kept you sane and well?

Luxury for me is a cup of tea, a cozy blanket with kitties and my girlfriend snuggled up by me. For the insomnia and deep stress moments I cannot express enough how much cbd/tch oils have changed my life. A few drops and its sweet dreams haha.

What is your next project?

I will continue to produce Drive-In Burlesque shows and virtual events at www.BeautyofBurlesque.com Be sure to tune into our Holiday show, “Merry Stripmas” and New Years Eve extravaganza. Creating safe and sexy ways to celebrate safely at home or at the Drive-In. You can also shop my fashion label at MissTosh.com We will be having a major Black Friday sale of our accessories, dress, and home goods. Everything is handmade by me here in Hollywood, CA. 

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Womxn In Windows | 2020

Womxn In Windows | 2020

In the midst of the LA heatwave, this October the use of public spaces is an ever apreciated part of Cali lockdown. Enculturating yourself this weekend through mid November is  Womxn in Windows presenting its second annual exhibition of video works by womxn filmmakers and video artists. Curated by Zehra Ahmed, the artists’ videos will be on view from October 15 – November 15, 2020, 24 hours a day in over 15 windows along Chinatown’s historic Chung King Road in Los Angeles. Accessible to all, guests can watch the films from the street and tune into the audio of the film via a QR code on the window. Check out the various womxn involved in this wonderful display of visuals, music, and creativity.

Christine Yuan

In Limbo, 2017

Born in Los Angeles, CA Christine Yuan is an Emmy-award winning Taiwanese-American director. Known for her bold and playful style, and with an instinct for authentic performances that depict organic facets of youth culture and the female experience, she creates worlds that capture the imaginative quality of the human experience.

 Yuan, previously a Creative Director for 88rising, has created visuals for Joji, Rich Brian, Summer Walker, GoldLink, to name a few. Her feature documentaries have won Best Culture/History Documentary at the 2018 LA Area Emmy, Best Documentary at the 2018 Golden Mike Awards, and Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Her commercial work has been shortlisted for D&AD’s Next Director Award, 1.4 Awards Show, Young Guns 15 Awards, and Shoot’s Director’s Showcase. Commercial credits include Prada, Apple, Mercedes-Benz, Reebok, Zara, and Tiffany & Co, and more.

Christine Yuan, In Limbo, 2017

In Limbo by Christine Yuan is a visual poem exploring the space between life and death. It is the space where the soul meets the body, before we are born, the first moment we begin to feel, incubating while the spirit merges with its physical form. It is a remembrance of the feminine divine, the birth of the soul and the source of all life. Deeply meditative, as three womxn embrace and pay respect to the earth, water, and sun through movement. Feeling every drop of water, treading the earth softly and taking in every ray of sunshine. The parallel movement in nature conjures up life, reminds us to celebrate and make an example of it. To embrace this earth with spirit and vitality.


Everlane Moraes

Aurora, 2018

Born in Bahia, Brazil and raised in Sergipe, Brazil, Everlane Moraes is a producer, director and documentary film-maker. She makes films that move between fiction and documentary, investigating socio-cultural issues of the Black diaspora, in the search to portray the identities and subjectivities of her characters, combining different formats and genres from video art to cine-essay.

Moraes’ films have been exhibited at the 20th Sundance Film Festival 2020, the 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival, 2019 Documenta Madri, 2014 Bresil en Mouvements, Prise and the 2019 BFI London Film Festival among many other in Brazil and Internationally. She was awarded the William Graves Fiml Fund on Firelight Media this year. Everlane is a graduate of the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV/Cuba)

Everlane Moraes, Aurora, 2018

In Aurora, Everlane Moraes observes the existence of three Black women – from different spaces, contexts, and ages – not concerned with the narrative, but with the essence of their characters. Without a single word uttered during the 15 minute film, with the exception of a final song, we experience and feel the existential doubt that transcends age and beliefs. Each womxn continues to explore her inner conflicts and sufferings at every stage in life and reminds us that we must persist even when we feel displaced. Our belief and desire for a truly free existence keeps us curious from the moment we are birthed to our last breath and beyond. Aurora communicates this in a most subtle and tender way.

Ja’Tovia M. Gary

An Ecstatic Experience, 2015

Born in Dallas, Texas, Ja’Tovia Gary is an American artist and filmmaker whose work seeks to liberate the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed, while fleshing out a nuanced and multivalent Black interiority. Through documentary film and experimental video art, she charts the ways structures of power shape our perceptions around representation, race, gender, sexuality and violence. The artist earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

In 2017 Gary was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking. Her award-winning films, An Ecstatic Experience and Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) have screened at festivals, cinemas, and institutions worldwide including Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Atlanta Film Festival, the Schomburg Center, MoMa PS1, MoCA Los Angeles, Harvard Film Archives, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and elsewhere. She has received generous support from Sundance Documentary fund, the Jerome Foundation, Doc Society, among others.

In 2016 Gary participated in the Terra Foundation Summer Residency program in Giverny, France. She was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Gary is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee and a Field of Vision Fellow.

Ja’Tovia Gary,  An Ecstatic Experience, 2015 

An Ecstatic Experience is an experimental meditation on transcendence by Ja’Tovia Gary using archival material, montage editing and analogue animation techniques. Gary is concerned with challenging the notion of cinema and the role of the artist working with the scope of the medium. Her films examine the legacy of resistance and liberation through spiritual and ritualistic methods, animated by repetitive mark making carried out directly on the filmstock to represent notions of craft and gendered labor practices. Interlaced with scenes from historical events, Gary redefines the feminine gaze; focusing on the Black figure within the moving image.

Kilo Kish

Blessed Assurance: a dream that i had, 2019

Born in Orlando, FL, Kilo Kish is an American multidisciplinary artist, songwriter, and singer who has recorded with the Gorillaz, The Internet, Vince Staples, Childish Gambino, and Chet Faker among others. Her work focuses on personal identity, communication, technology, and the internet.Starting as a student of design at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, she has been heralded for her cross-medium approach as an artist.

Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, W, Fader, and The Village Voice. Kish has also exhibited films, installation work, performance art, and music technology projects. She is currently working on her sophomore LP in Los Angeles.

Kilo Kish, Blessed Assurance: a dream that i had, 2019

‘When I started interviewing the artists, I was so inspired by their willingness to suffer for a calling they found pure. Their audacity made them saintly to me. I wanted to explore belief in one’s art and the way it relates to religious faith and spiritual calling. Creative practice almost becomes a religion. And I think, through it, you become closer to God. I’m happy to explore the act of making as its very own reward. Its very own promise and certainty.’ – Kilo Kish

Originally presented as a multi room installation, Blessed Assurance: a dream that I had takes on a new life as the six individual visual pieces are framed in six individual windows. The captivating visuals mix recorded video, overlaid with punchy low-fi graphics and an animated church reminiscent of a two-bit video game – with accompanying ambient sounds, accessed through QR codes, and transport the viewer to their own physical and spiritual dimension, somewhere between the space Kish imagines and the sky above.  

Kya Lou

Eulogy, 2020

Born in San Diego, Kya Lou is an artist, editor and color grading specialist based in Los Angeles. Her work is at the intersection of ancestral memory, community, landscape and identity. She currently dedicates her time to running COLOURED ONLY, a color grading studio focused on conjuring colors that exceed the frame and trouble the truth.

Lou’s work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Residency Art Gallery in Inglewood, among others. She is a graduate of the School of Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kya Lou, Eulogy, 2020

Eulogy splices open a three hour VHS tape passed down two generations. The tape itself consists of 8mm footage chronicling the personal lives of the filmmaker’s maternal lineage in the 1960s. Using the footage as a point of departure, Eulogy considers family structures as formative to understanding how communities are informed by care, absence, belief and joy. The presentation of this work sits between the one year anniversaries for the untimely passing of the artist’s aunt Gwendolyn (March 1948 – September 2019) and grandfather Robert Francis Baxter (November 1939 – November 2019).  

Rémie Akl

I Am Arab, 2019

A Human, An Animal or A Thing, 2020

Hi, I know you missed me, 2020

Born in Beirut, Lebanon. Rémie is a rising and unapologetic storyteller, she conceptualises, acts, and directs her own works. Her work is a call to action, especially against the corrupt government structures of Lebanon. Her videos capture the political unrest and explain further the reasons for the current revolution in Lebanon. She speaks out against the patriarchy and the diminishing rights of womxn in the middle east. Through her work she brings awareness to the global propaganda against the Arab identity and boldly claims the same identity that has been a reason of shame to so many for so long. 

Her work has been featured on Nowness and ArabAd and has garnered a large following on social media. In her own words “I’m Not a Professional dancer, not a professional actress, nor a professional singer, and i’m definitely not an influencer. I’m only a Human. Who works on being more Human everyday.” 

Rémie Akl

I Am Arab, 2019

A Human, An Animal or A Thing, 2020

Hi, I know you missed me, 2020

Remie Akl is bold and unapologetic. She says, ‘…while most of us are ashamed or afraid to say it out loud because of the foreign propagandas, I am raising my voice. I am Arab. And this video is my debut.’

Arab, an identity usually associated with being Muslim and long held as a reason for shame in the Western world, is being dismantled in these videos. Akl wants to hold men accountable for their attitudes towards womxn and reminds them that they are not needed if they want to curb our existence. In this visually captivating series of videos, Akl reclaims her Arab femme identity, talks about the sufferings of a Lebanese girl lacking a proper nation – knowing that it’s the people who build a nation – and remarks on friends from her country doing very little to encourage progress; merely accepting the situation they’re living in. These videos, Akl states, are a call for change; for a stable, conflict-free and independent Lebanon, where basic human rights and freedoms are secured for all.  

Rikkí Wright

A Song About Love, 2019

Born in Tuscaloosa, AL. Rikkí Wright Is a Photographer and Filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work explores notions of community, family, and sisterhood, especially among black women, and looks at the way a community can mold or expand our ideas of strength, and beauty. Wright grew up with two older sisters who were her best friends and her source of support through life’s trials and tribulations, beginning with the loss of Wright’s mother at the age of two. Her sisters taught her the power of having women by her side who she could be real with and depend on, and her work seeks to capture this sense of power.

Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, i-D, LALA, Refinery 29 and many other publications. Her film has been shown at black star fest and her clients include girlgaze, Outdoor Voices, Warby Parker and No Sesso.

Rikkí Wright, A Song About Love, 2019

Rikki Wright sets the tone for A Song About Love instantly, as the film opens with the words of Bell Hooks and transitions into the song Say You Love Me. In this spiritual reckoning on the different forms of love in this world, from human to divine, Wright is navigating the contrasts between real and redemptive love and the roots of enduring faith in the Black community.

She is exploring the complex relationship between sexuality and religion; the same religion that has given her and her ancestors strength, music and peace in the most difficult of times, but has not fully accepted her existence. Beautiful and moving, with striking transitions between interviews, music and Wright’s own body, this film is a reminder of the power of faith, the beauty that can come from pain and the search for oneself and our place in society.

Sylvie Weber

The Prophetess, 2018

Born in Southern Germany, of German-Dominican descent, Sylvie Weber’s confrontation with belonging and identity is often reflected in her storytelling, alongside a consistent desire to unveil the character within and engage more deeply with the greater representation and empowerment of womxn through film. Weber’s career has seen her explore various formats of the medium, shorts, music videos, documentaries and advertising.

Weber has embarked on a journey with the NGO, Journalists for Human Rights, to teach aspiring journalists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cover human rights stories objectively and effectively, bringing awareness to the problems they face within and without their country.

Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fader, Rolling Stone and Hypebeast among other notable publications. Her clients include Nike, Nowness, Dazed, ID and many others. The Prophetess has won best documentary short at the Athens Film Festival.

Sylvie Weber, The Prophetess, 2018

In Weber’s film, The Prophetess, the narrative is twofold. The story follow two womxn, Furaha and Venantie, who – in spite of having been violated, victimized, and employed as weapons of a male conflict – use their tender friendship as the source of ultimate strength; a strength so great that it empowers their entire community of womxn to set out for a different future. In doing, so they reclaim their own narrative, ability to control their present and write their futures – devoid of societal pressures. In parallel, Weber weaves through the mythical story of Kimpa Vita—the mother of African revolution in the kingdom of the Kongo (1390–1857)—who continues to give strength to this community of womxn centuries later.

Weber says that ‘as a female director, I wanted to make a statement to global sisterhood, that legions of womxn stand beside our sisters in the DR Congo, who are being silenced systematically, who carry the weight of a nation on their shoulders.’

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FORT:LA | Witch Houses Trail

Just as every other adaptation has been in re-aligning and adapting the world to be covid concerned, so has All Hallows Eve. Fortunately, Tinsel town has been well lined with homes which have had various masks from modernist to Spanish, and midcentury to most conveniently witchy! It is with this spirit which Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT:LA) is presenting a self-guided, self-driven trail of five witch houses/ storybook style homes.

The trail starts with a neighborhood of Hobbit houses in Culver City designed by a Disney artist in 1922.

Joseph Residence Hobbit House Photographed by Michael Locke.

Curated by Amber Benson aka Tara Maclay, our fave slayed witch from Buffy the Vampire Slayer come witch writer.  This socially distanced excursion is a much needed physical scavenger hunt which gets locals and visitors alike to see the happenings of their back yards. Fully aligned with QooA’s philosophy of close-to-home discovery we are so jazzed to take this tour which starts in Culver City and webs it’s way into Burbank.

Amber Benson Photographed by Lindsey Byrnes.

The importance of this and many of FORT:LA’s mission is to preserve the spirit of LA’s idiosyncratic architectural styles, a hodgepodge specialty which stacks varying movements all on one block. This preservation of historical gems is vital in a time when much of the cities design is being victim of developers and homogenous architecture which sets up gallery walled minimalism for a market saturated in austere sensibilities. Scroll down below to see some of our top picks and check out the trail on FORT:LA’s website and Instagram.

Bogart House, which was occupied by Humphrey Bogart for a short period of time. The house has a bit of macabre history, attached, Bogart was living in this house when then-girlfriend Peg Entwistle committed suicide in 1932 by throwing herself off the Hollywood sign.

Hlaffer-Courcier House that was inspired by the classic LA Restaurant, the Tam O’Shanter, Photographed by Michael Locke.

Egasse-Braasch Housean interesting variation of the storybook. This house was affectionately called ‘the castle’ by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck who wrote Good Will Hunting while living here. Photographed by Michael Locke.

Columbia Ranch Dwarf Houses in Burbank. Photographed by Michael Locke.

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