Archive for 'August 2015'

    New York Fashion Week: Meet the Designers

    This week, eight designers from Academy of Art University's School of Fashion will be showcasing their designs during the prominent New York Fashion Week.

    On Friday, September 11, watch the Academy's fashion show live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PST at:

    Learn more about each of the student designers by clicking on their photos below. 


    Bom Kim. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Liz Li. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Ruone Yan. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Livia Bianda. Photo courtesy of the School of Fashion.


    Mehrzad Hemati. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Jingci Jessie Wang. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Max Lu. Photo by Bob Toy.


    Wenhan Yuan. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Film Review: 'Digging for Fire' - A Search for Happiness


    Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt in 'Digging For Fire.' Courtesy of The Orchard.

    We meet Lee and Tim as they arrive at the beautiful house of her yoga client in Southern California. They struggle to hide their passive aggression towards each other from their young son, and despite the idyllic surroundings, Lee takes their son away for the night to visit her mother. Cue a divergence of interests as Tim bros out with his guy friends and Lee enjoys a night on the town. Do these two just need a night apart and some time to themselves, or is there something deeper going on between them?

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    ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Conveys the Tumultuous Adolescent Experience From a Female Perspective


    Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze. Photo by Sam Emerson. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

    Bel Powley is tired of talking about nudity. “Obviously it's weird to be naked, you know what I mean? It's a little bit weird.” The 23-year-old British actress has fielded one too many questions about her nude scenes in Marielle Heller's directorial debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl, in which she stars as Minnie Goetze, a curious, artistic 15-year-old on a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll journey of self discovery in 1970s San Francisco. But while it may have felt slightly awkward for the actress to be nude on set, it was only in keeping with her character.

    “The fact that [Marielle and I] were portraying something that is so real to both of us, and represents every woman to us, liberated me from wanting to pretend do be anything other than a normal, awkward teenager,” Powley explained.

    Like many teenagers, Minnie keeps a diary. She records it to audiotape while sitting on her afghan-laden bed, beneath her Iggy Pop poster. “I had sex today...holy shit!” she recounts in one entry. Powley plays her gleefully, bouncing around like a 15-year-old in full bloom who has just passed into the realm of womanhood. But there's one problem. Minnie's paramour is her mom's 35-year-old boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård).

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