A publication about the women who
do amazing things – right in our own backyards.
Got a Girl Crush On: Animation duo, Flaminguettes
Flaminguettes is a girl-girl animation duo from Mexico City. After a career as designers, animators and directors in recognized animation studios, Daniela Villanueva and Mara Soler decided to team up to explore a more personal, playful and feminine side of animation.
Their work is super hypnotic as it is magical! Check out Daniela and Mara’s work over at www.flaminguettes.com!
Got a Girl Crush On: The women’s cycling team of Afghanistan
Despite the cultural taboo of females on bicycles, there is an Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team in Kabul. These women who challenge their country’s gender expectations by riding are the subjects of an upcoming film called Afghan Cycles (Let Media). Earlier this year, co-directors Sarah Menzies and Whitney Connor Clapper travelled with Mountain2MountainExecutive Director Shannon Galpin to Afghanistan with a stash of cameras and more than 350 pounds of bike gear. The goal was to document these amazing, courageous women, but also to provide support for what is hopefully a growing movement.
Got a Girl Crush On: Rollerskating mama, Michelle Steilen, hitting iconic skateboard spots in LA
Can’t. Stop. Re-watching! Michelle KILLS it!
Michelle Steilen, also known in the roller derby world as Estro Jen is the owner of Moxi Roller Skates and Moxi Shop. She is a star in the Long Beach roller derby scene and she does a lot to push and promote anything and everything roller skating related.
Got a Girl Crush On: Education activist, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai
She demanded to reinstate education for women in Pakistan and was in turn shot by the Taliban. She is the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. This girl speaks of fighting violence with peace—speaking beyond her years. She is beyond an inspiration at only 16-years-old.
Born in 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sadie Benning is a lesbian videomaker who began making videos when she was 15-years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning’s early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity. Evoking in turn playful seduction and painful honesty, Benning’s floating, close-up camera functions as a witness to her intimate revelations, and as an accomplice in defining her evocative experimental form. Her work emerges from a place half-innocent and half-adult—with all the honesty, humor, and desperation of a personality just coming into self-awareness, trapped and uneasy. Her more recent work moves beyond the Pixelvision camera and into animation, film and installation. [video databank]
In addition to her personal work, she has made work for Le Tigre and Julie Ruin.