Alison Klayman - On her film about Ai Weiwei

80,000 Tweets and Counting: About Ai Weiwei’s Story and the Woman That Made a Documentary About His Life

CINEMA - July 2012 Feature Interview

By Sabrina Hao; Freshman, University High School

Photo of reporter Jake Carroll flanked by Joe Wright and Saoirse RonanOver 166,000 Twitter followers. One may wonder why this means so much. Alison Klayman shows the world the significance of these tweets in her documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

Klayman, a journalist and filmmaker, created a riveting documentary about an inspirational artist, Ai Weiwei. When she lived in China from 2006-2010, she was introduced to Ai. After, she decided that she wanted to make a documentary about his life and work. Ai is a Chinese artist who rebels against the Chinese government. Ai helped create the Bird’s Nest for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, but shortly after, he spoke out against the government's decision to relocate civilians (whom were living where the Bird Nest currently stands). He has fought to raise awareness in China ever since. Ai creates art that is meaningful, shocking, and powerful. His photos and exhibits are known throughout the world. Using Twitter and his blog, Ai shares his experiences about living in China and the injustices that he has faced by posting pictures and tweeting. When the Chinese government made him “disappear” from the public eye, or any eye for that matter, the people created an uproar. After he was released, he was on strict probation and was unable to use Twitter or his blog like he did before. In the US, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry came out on July 27. Klayman talks a little bit about her experience working with Ai and creating this film.

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Bring It On: The Musical = An Exhilarating Experience

CINEMA - December 2011

By Kathryn Khalvati, Marin Catholic High School

It’s a bird... no it’s a plane... NO it’s an array of actors and gymnasts singing their hearts out as they are flipping in midair! With its magnificent choreography that blends cheerleading, hip-hop, and gymnastics into one awe-inspiring combination, first-rate acting and singing, thrilling plot, and an altogether inspiring and uplifting message to viewers, Bring It On: The Musical.

The show revolves around Campell, the blonde peppy Senior Cheer Captain of the Truman Cheer Squad, and the journey she ventures on as she is re-districted to the more independent and diverse Jackson High School that opens her eyes to a world beyond blonde cheerleaders and jock-like boyfriends. By overcoming the struggle to fit into a to school that dances to the beat of a different queen bee, hip-hop virtuoso Danielle, and letting go of grudges on former Truman cheer-mates, Campbell learns to see the importance of true friendships and in living in the moment over winning first place trophies and having a picture-perfect high school experience. So join Campbell and the rest of the wonderful cast of Bring It On: The Musical to see how Jackson High proves that life is more than just a ruthless cheer competition!

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Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek Interview – Puss In Boots

An Interview with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek

CINEMA - November 2011 Feature

By Bridget Went, Sophomore, Marin Academy

Ever since the release of the second Shrek movie, Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) has made his mark as the sassy outlaw cat with an innocent kitty that clashes with his deep voice. But little did we know the legendary fighter and his infamous boots had a history filled with friendship, betrayal, and heroism long before he was introduced in the Shrek movies. Along with “mastermind” “Humpty Alexander Dumpty” (Zach Galifianakis) and classy fighter “Kitty Softpaws” (Salma Hayek), Puss embarks upon a journey involving some magical beans and the fabled Golden Goose, impeded by evil antagonists Jack and Jill. He fights to save his hometown while discovering the importance bravery, perseverance, camaraderie, and, of course, love. This epic fairy-tale based comedy is anything but an unsuccessful spin-off; it tells the deep-rooted story of the adventures and triumphs of “the cat, the myth, the legend:” Puss in Boots.

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