FEATURE // Waiting for a Legacy: Summer Movie Flops & Ishtar 31 Years Later

Published May 20, 2018 at ZekeFilm.org. Summer Movies are a Dangerous Business, and No One Knows It Better than Ishtar Ah, summertime. The season of long days and short shorts, of cool ice cream cones and humid afternoons at the pool, and—for us movie junkies—of box office-crushing blockbusters and box office-crushed flops. Movies can earn the epithet …

FEATURE // Baby Driver, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Modern Musical

Published March 4, 2018 at ZekeFilm.org. Why Edgar Wright and James Gunn Made the Best Musicals of 2017 The Jazz Singer to La La Land, Singin’ in the Rain to Sing Street, Meet Me in St. Louis to Moulin Rouge! Oscar isn’t the only one celebrating a major birthday this weekend—2017 also celebrated the 90th …

FEATURE // Stranger Things: A Demogorgon’s Guide to Life in Hawkins, Indiana

Published Oct. 24 2017 at ZekeFilm in anticipation of the second season of the Netflix drama. Everything an Ambitious Demogorgon Needs to Know in the World of Stranger Things Congrats! You’re a Demogorgon making the big move out of the Upside Down! While the Upside Down will always be home, moving your residence to the Right Side …

FEATURE // Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, and the Death of the Trilogy

Published Nov. 17, 2016 at ZekeFilm. Pentalogy. It might be word you’re about to become more acquainted with in the movie world. In the lead-up to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter in October that the Harry Potter spinoff is spinning off into five different chapters: …

FEATURE // Career Lessons from Leslie Knope

Originally published Oct. 28, 2014 on HelloGiggles.com. Within a week, the post received more than 930 likes and 135 shares on Facebook, 45 retweets, and 75 notes on Tumblr . [A round of applause for Amy Poehler! Her much-anticipated memoir, Yes, Please, came out today and it's power-packed with great advice for women. No surprise there. Her alter-ego, Leslie Knope, …

NEWS // Gatsby Sparkles Down to the Details

Image of Nick (Tobey Maguire), Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and Tom (Joel Edgerton) in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby

Originally published in the A&E section of Taylor University's student newspaper, The Echo, on May 10, 2013 (also the release date of the film The Great Gatsby.) This article connected a national event (a major film release) with a local event, the university's first campus dance. Although I interviewed several members of the dance committee to learn more …

NEWS // Kahler, Wickham headline Youth Conference

Originally published on the front page Taylor University's newspaper, The Echo, on April 19, 2013. When sophomore Katy Spence attended Youth Conference in high school, she didn’t anticipate how much it would impact her. That weekend, God changed her views on what it meant to be a Christian.  “It was strategic planning on God’s part,” Spence said. …

FEATURE // Vera Bradley Blooming on Campus

Published in a spring 2011 issue of Taylor University's newspaper, The Echo. This piece about Vera Bradley localized a national (and particularly regional) trend. In addition to traditional interviewing and research, I created my own survey to try to put more concrete numbers on the trend. Skills used: News writing, research, survey research, interviewing. A pile …