Dont Man Part 1 + 2

Donut Man is a multi-act ballet done in 2 iterations.  I have always been charmed by ballet and classical music and they have greatly influenced my practice.  The songs that structured each act are from Swan Lake and are composed by Tchaikovsky.  Swan Lake is tale of love, deception,  poor choices and death. The chosen tracks created the perfect sound bed for this piece offering energy and momentum.  I used very recognizable themes such as a waltz and the ending song.  

I am not a trained dancer so my movements were sloppy, labored and unpredictable.  Ballet is meant to look effortless and graceful and I strive to achieve the opposite.  

I used the donuts as a tool to explore movement, my physical limits and my changing body.   They symbolize weight gain that happens in the lower abdomen.  The resulting dance is a physical display of binge eating crossed with a strenuous and frantic attempt at ballet.

The performance begins with a loud burp.  Donuts and shape wear are strewn about a slick, black plastic tarp.  I introduced the donuts, proudly displaying them the audience, holding them over my head a twirling about.  I violently stuffed my face and underwear with the donuts in an increasing panic.  I incorporated the struggle to put on tights and other shape wear into the dance.  I explained the premise of Swan Lake and talked about myself and my body.  I hold up a series of mini donuts of varying flavors and explain to the audience,

“These are the fucks I give…
Cinnamon fucks…
Powdered sugar fucks…
Regular fucks…”

After each statement, I put another donut in my underwear.  I struggle to eat and dance without choking.  Crumbs explode from the waistband of the underwear and runs in my tights.  I become a lumpy and bloated version of myself.

At the end of the performance, I fell to the ground and teach my audience a song.  I struggle to breath and sing loudly.

“Do you know the donut man
The donut man – the donut man
Do you know the donut man
Who doesn’t even like donuts…”

I bang on the floor to keep the beat and break several nails in the process.  I ask my audience to keep singing along with me.

The Ear – The Blue Rose – Plastic Cocktail Launch Curated by Polina Riabova – Photo and video by Karl Cooney – May 19, 2018

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Glam 4 Good

Here are two episodes of Glam 4 Good that I edited for Fireshot Productions. It was a great honor to share the stories of such strong women.  Glam 4 Good Site

Amanda’s Story
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Jennifer’s Story
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Penny Dreadful – Showtime

This is one of the jobs I had the privilege to work on as an assistant editor.  Excellent work created by Fireshot Productions.

Penny Dreadful | Season 2 Promo | Full Cast Cut from Fireshot Productions on Vimeo.

Check out more from Fireshot:

The new season of Penny Dreadful premiers May 3rd on Showtime!

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IWNY – Internet Week 2014


During the month of May I attended Internet Week with Alleywire as an editor.
I media managed, selected footage and assembled rough cuts at the event.

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DO IT Launch

This is a project that I helped edit.  I worked on 17 videos that supplemented the main short film.

Instagram doit_intl

New York Times Style

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Global Potential Senegal Proposal

This is a student shot video. Students are part of Global Potential.

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New American Sweatshop

I have been assisting the artist with her live gallery install.

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