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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Tactfully combining countless interviews from close acquaintances, authentic home movie footage and informative clips about legislation, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” is an intimate portrayal of the life and legacy of Matt Shepard following his murder in 1998. The film begins with shots of Shepard’s hometown and a brief explanation of the circumstances surrounding his death: Shepard, an openly gay university student, was beaten to death by two fellow students during his first year at the University of Wyoming, an offense later ruled a hate crime because Shepard was gay. The documentary soon shift...
my beautiful broken brain

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Imagine: it’s a day no different than any other day. You are sleeping after a long day of working at an advertising agency. But your tranquility is short-lived because your head is suddenly racked with excruciating pain. Your mind meanders in and out of consciousness, and you head outside to seek help but instead stumble into an unknown hotel. In the hotel, all mental and physical equilibrium is lost when your knees buckle beneath you, and everything goes pitch-black. This experience is all too familiar to Lotje Sodderland, whose stroke was caused by a nearly-fatal brain hemorrhage — a bleeding inside of the brain c...
the imposter

The Imposter

“That’s my sister. And this is me, Nick.” The camera reveals a young Nicholas Barclay. In the home video, he and his sister, Carey Gibson, are laughing, but for Gibson it no longer evokes nostalgia. Thirteen-year-old Barclay was reported missing on June 13, 1994 in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later, Gibson received a phone call from authorities in Spain, who said they had found Barclay — except instead of the blonde, blue-eyed and 16-year-old she expected, the Barclay they found was 23 years old and had brown hair, brown eyes and a French accent. His name was also Frederic Bourdin...
the hunting ground

The Hunting Ground

It started off innocently enough; the first few minutes were home videos of high school girls celebrating admission to their dream colleges, the entire sequence backed by graduation music. But everything changed when Annie Clark and Andrea Pino are introduced. Clark and Pino were raped while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the course of the film, they explain their futile attempts to get their school to take their trauma seriously. The topic is controversial because “The Hunting Ground” accuses colleges of dismissing the claims of women who are brave enough to come...
13th

13th

“The U.S.  is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Think about that.” From the first sentence, filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s “13th” is a thought-provoking and infuriating film that explores the lasting legacy of slavery on the country today and, specifically, how slavery created a prison-industrial complex with a disproportionate number of African-Americans. This eye-opening documentary, which debuted on Netflix in 2016, serves as a reminder of the role that race continues to play in the American criminal justice system. The film...
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Shimbashi Izakaya

In the past two weeks I have consumed more sushi than normal, and I have come to the conclusion that while most sushi is the same, the price and ambiance of sushi restaurants vary. This was also the case when I was seated in the corner of Shimbashi Izakaya, a small modern restaurant on the second level Del Mar Plaza. I had trouble actually finding the restaurant, because it was on the second level of the strip mall, but once we found it, we were greeted by a friendly server. At first glance, the restaurant had little energy, but because of its location, it drew customers in to sit either at the sushi bar or the dining ...
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Gami Sushi

Fish is usually one of my least favorite things to eat. However, sushi is one of the extremely limited ways I will eat, and enjoy fish.  Gami Sushi, which is located in Piazza Carmel near Interstate 5,  was easily accessible with plenty of parking spaces in an open lot, but getting past the cramped entrance was a bit of a challenge. The doorway Extending this awkward entrance was a white plastic macaron ice cream cooler that clashed with the traditional Japanese feel accomplished by their admittedly limited decor. My lunch was met with good service by a single waitress, who was attentive  but ...
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Station Sushi

I’ve never understood why some people dislike sushi. Because personally, I don’t think I could ever get tired of eating it. So when I sat down at Station Sushi in Solana Beach on a relaxed Thursday night during happy hour, I was pretty excited. The restaurant had indoor and outdoor seating areas, both of which had minimal lighting but energetic atmospheres. The indoor seating area, which was much smaller than the outside area, had upbeat music and sports games playing. Our server and chefs behind the bar were friendly and quick to respond to any concerns. We ordered the California Roll ($7), the ...
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Musically Noteworthy

The morning bell rings on a Thursday, just two weeks before the Chamber Concert at Canyon Crest Academy. Members of the TPHS orchestra file into the music room to perfect their pieces. The violins, clarinets and flutes can be heard from beyond classroom doors, the music leaking into the crisp spring air. TPHS music students have the opportunity to further develop their talents and passions for music through the music department, in ensembles like symphonic band, jazz band, wind ensemble and choir. Helping them perfect their skills and prepare for upcoming concerts and competitions is music teacher Amy Gelb, who has b...