The goal of the film is to reiterate the importance of human interaction with nature and preserving the places on earth that still allow for it. Threats to the Boundary Waters have taken many forms over time, but the dedication to keeping them safe has endured.
Today, more than ever, we must realize what is at stake if we fail to protect these wild lands. We each carry our own ability to protect this place, just as Sig did, and with enough understanding and enthusiasm to share it, the generations we leave this wilderness for will not hesitate in picking up right where we left off.
In the underground hip hop scene of New York, the old adage “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” rings true for many rappers seeking to make a name for themselves. But in a scene that struggles to stay genuine in the face of clout chasers and rising rents, making it has taken on a more ambiguous meaning. In this short documentary, three queer women reflect on the creativity, community, and hustle required to make it in a culture that has left them to their own devices. “Where My Girls” is an homage to the everyday struggle facing marginalized artists and the scrappy DIY attitude that first gave rise to hip hop.
Pablo Kalaka, a muralist form Venezuela, was commissioned to create a mural for for the Barbara Barker Center for Dance in 2019 and I was fortunate enough to be able to follow him as he worked on this piece. I was also fortunate enough to take a look at some of his previous work and have a conversation about his art, life philosophy and future pursuits.
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