SOHO International Film Festival: Little Miss Perfect's NYC Premiere

SOHO International Film Festival: Little Miss Perfect's NYC Premiere

"I am worth something. We all are."
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Little Miss Perfect written and directed by the naturally talented NYU Tisch alumna, Marlee Roberts on June 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm. A coveted prime spot so well deserved by the overall work of the cast and crew whose ultimate goal was to tell the truth about Anorexia nervosa, which is the most common cause of death among young women ages 15 to 24. Little Miss Perfect is a work of art carefully crafted for two years and the results are stunning. The story focuses on the character Belle, portrayed by the lovely Columbia University Film Student, Karlee Roberts, whom is an overachieving high school freshman, that stumbles upon an online pro-eating disorder subculture as cracks begin to appear in her seemingly perfect life.


Actress Karlee Roberts as Belle in Little Miss Perfect

To set up the scene, it was a vivid night in The East Village as many huddled around the red carpet waiting for the stars to make their entrance into the robust Village East Cinema. Photos of the cast and crew were taken, as well as their honorable and esteemed guests all excited for the film's NYC Premiere. Grabbing my popcorn and bottled water, after the red carpet photos of course, this reporter made her way to her seat. As everyone was finally in their seats the night began with a short from our neighbors to the north in Canada called "Papa Pasquale". A perfect introduction to the film as "Papa Pasquale" told the story of Italian immigrants and their journey to a new world. The short was a beautiful portrayal of how many families left their homeland to find a better life and how they brought others to live with them as well. Then after a silent interlude, the film began.

Throughout the film, it was evident that the writer and director, Marlee Roberts, had really tapped into the good, the bad, and the ugly of what young girls go through when they are in their teenage developing years. Armed with a world class education, boundless natural talent, and thorough psychological research, Marlee Roberts, created a remarkable piece of art from paper to the screen all while entertaining and educating at the same time. In the film, one can notice how delicately crafted each scene was prepared in order to capture the exact tone of the performance needed to satisfy the audience of what they kept asking themselves "How far is Belle going to go?" or "How does this happen to a girl like her?". The truth is the disease of Anorexia nervosa can happen to girls like Belle, and the situations she goes through happens to many girls growing up in America. The societal pressures keep increasing with the access of technology that can connect friends and strangers, and even people who want to hurt us. It is becoming easier to be exposed to blogs that make even the most confident person doubt their worth to the point of starving themselves to achieve an impossible and unhealthy body type. So what does this film show? It shows the emotional impact that only a writer and director like Marlee Roberts can accomplish. What makes Marlee Roberts an incredible player in the film industry is the small choices she has made to make the film what it is and of course the awards she has won. Genuine is what the film industry will get when they work with Marlee, and after the film the cast displayed their love for their writer and director as she listened to them as well as guided them through difficult roles only the best in the business could have handled.


Writer and Director Marlee Roberts behind the scenes of Little Miss Perfect

Marlee Roberts, wrote the screenplay as a play on "Beauty and the Beast" with the "Beast" in this scenario being within the main character, Belle. Almost an anti-fairy tale of the modern age, Little Miss Perfect, is a film not just for those who want to learn more about Anorexia nervosa, but also for those who need to face their inner beast because we all have one. With that said, Hollywood needs to face their inner beast with how they portray women directors in the industry. Hollywood needs to stop running away from accepting women directors as key players for the sake of film itself. Gone are the days that women are not graduating as much from film schools than men are so why are there so few women directors? If anything, Marlee Roberts, a graduate from the prestigious NYU Tisch, is a testament to what the future of film needs to be and why Hollywood should face their beast and stand up to their old sexist ways.

When the film was over I was left with an empty bag of popcorn and a smile on my face. Much of the film is left up to interpretation to the viewer, which in my opinion is what makes a film even greater. To me, it reminds me that our lives are up to interpretation, we are the only ones who can face our beasts, and then look into the mirror and realize that we are worth something. You are your own beauty and your own beast who walks along life with a rose in your hand as a reminder that you do not have to be perfect, because you are already perfect the way you are.

As for writer and director, Marlee Roberts, this is only the beginning of many more works of art to come, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

For more information on Little Miss Perfect see the following:

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Cover Image Credit: Little Miss Perfect Movie

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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40 Spooktacular Songs

Some of them may be corny, but they will lift your spirits.

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With Halloween lurking just around the corner, it can be a pain in the neck to find music that will haunt our spooky souls.

So creep it real with these straight outta coffin songs that will be sure to have everyone's boo-ty shaking. Some of them may be corny, but they will lift your spirits and bring your soul back from the dead.

1. "Sweet But Psycho" - Ava Max

2. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson

3. "Zombie" - The Cranberries

4. "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr.

5. "Phantom of the Opera"

6. "Disturbia" - Rihanna

7. "Sympathy for the Devil" - The Rolling Stones

8. "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder

9. "Marry the Night" - Lady Gaga

10. "Time Warp" - Rocky Horror Picture Show

11. "Death of A Bachelor" - Panic! at the Disco

12. "Highway to Hell" - ACDC

13. "Bring Me To Life" - Evanescence

14. "Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads

15. "Monster" - Kanye, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Bon Iver

16. "Hungry Like the Wolf" - Duran Duran

17. "Maneater" - Nelly Furtado

18. "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark" - Fall Out Boy

19. "Rhiannon" - Fleetwood Mac

20. "Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult

21. "Cannibal" - Kesha

22. "Monster" - Skillet

23. "Witchy Woman" - The Eagles

24. "Seven Devils" - Florence + The Machine

25. "Demons" - Imagine Dragons

26. "Nightmare" - Avenged Sevenfold

27. "Runnin' With the Devil" - Van Halen

28. "The Monster" - Eminem and Rihanna

29. "Ghost" - Ella Henderson

30. "Black Magic Woman" - Santana

31. "She Wolf" - Shakira

32. "Gold Dust Woman" - Fleetwood Mac

33. "Midnight City" - M83

34. "Hells Bells" - ACDC

35. "Animals" - Maroon 5

36. "Monster Mash" - Bobby Picket

37. "Uma Thurman" - Fall Out Boy

38. "Emperor's New Clothes" - Panic! at the Disco

39. "Haunted" - Beyonce

40. "Spooky Scary Skeletons" - Tombstone Remix

These songs would make a great playlist for your spooky soiree or as you wait for the Great Pumpkin. Or listen to them all year because "it's always Halloween in my soul."


We witch you a happy Halloween!

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