• Hyperreal Film Club VHS Zine Release Party

    Website || Instagram || Facebook   Keeping the DIY scene thriving in Austin, Texas, collective Hyperreal Film Club prides itself on embracing more than just the film medium. Immersing themselves in art installations, electronic music, experimental collage, and tearing apart constraints on structures and expectations of art, founders David McMichael, Jenni Kaye and Tanner Hadfield jump full-force into diverse forms of media. Successfully producing fashion shows, re-scores of films, benefit events, and live art installations, Hyperreal Film Club is bubbling with immersive and passionate ideas, taking their audience out of the realm of preconceived notions of what art is supposed to be.   For those of you in Austin, Texas,…

  • Photography: Dreams and Reflections by Amber Maree

    Photographer: Amber Maree ( Instagram ) Model: Teresa Ortega ( Instagram ) Stylist: Matilda Brown ( Instagram ) Clothing: Katherine Barter ( Instagram )    Amber Maree is a fashion/editorial freelance photographer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Shooting in both digital and film, Maree’s inspiration comes from the freedom she experienced growing up which she aims to bring to life in her photographs.                

  • SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

      SXSW Film Review: Us and Them by Trish Connelly A timely film in our current political wake, Us and Them serves as a cathartic viewing between the marginalized working class and the wealthy elite. With the use of flashbacks and screen title cards, Us and Them plays out in a stream-of-consciousness storyline with Danny (Jack Roth) playing leader alongside his blue-collared friends Tommy (Andrew Tiernan) and Sean (Daniel Kendrick), holding a prestigious banker’s family hostage in a continuous gamble of who will get tormented next in order to serve them a lesson and record the entire stunt on video to release to the wider public in the hopes of…

  • SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

      SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon by Trish Connelly  All too often films involving sexual assault/rape scenes seem like a convenient plot point to make a female character complex without ever actually exploring its complexities. Jessica M. Thompson’s film, The Light of the Moon, carefully considers the nuances of one individual’s experience without ever asserting that there is one authentic or correct way to process trauma. It’s clear from the start that Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz) is an independent and successful businesswoman, poised and assertive, however with some stressors underlying her relationship with her boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David). After leaving a party with her friends one night, Bonnie…

  • SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

      SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood by Trish Connelly  Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood interweaves both fictional and documentary-style elements throughout the course of his film, succeeding in both an incredibly personal and incredibly political story. Casting his own mother, Cheri Honkala, and his younger step-brother, Guillero Santos, Mark returns home to his family from years in prison only to find Pittsburgh has changed very little since he last left it. An advocator for those in the city’s marginal communities, Honkala casts dignity on individuals that are struggling to stay out of prison as well as confronting ongoing battles with substance abuse (Honkala also ran for vice president in…

  • Black Representation Matters

    Illustration by Sonia Margolin   The representation of black people in television, literature, and film has a direct correlation with black activism. These are powerful mediums that can reach wider audiences and convey unique points of view and narratives. There has been a lot of diminutive characterization and misrepresentation of black people. Many studies reveal that these stereotypes can be very harmful for viewers of all ages, especially to the self-esteem of children. There are many overused archetypes on television shows. The roles that are written for black people are very simple, one-dimensional characters with a specific trait or gimmick, often for comedic value. African Americans are rarely ever cast…

  • Film Review: The Lobster

      In a world where fatalism and duty are the ideological approach most subscribe to about relationships it is unbelievable how rarely a film comes along which looks straight at that bleak closed way of thinking and gives us an honest diagnosis of the disease. Yorgos Lanthimos interrogates modern relationships in The Lobster with pointed brilliance as equally dark as it is hilarious. To laugh with such completeness while being intellectually challenged makes this film on par with the best of Woody Allen’s work only with more depth in the way of social construct criticism and far less whimsical. If you imagine the overall ethos of Manhattan (Jack Rollins-Charles H.…

  • Night Out

    Photographer: Stefan Legacy ( Instagram ) Model: Heather Dee ( Instagram )   Based in Edmonton, AB, Stefan Legacy has been shooting film over the last three years and has grown to love candid film portrait photography. For his “Night Out” collection, Legacy used his point and shoot camera and ventured downtown with Heather to take photos in the first places that struck their fancy. You can find more information on Legacy on his website here.              

  • BELATED

    Photographer and Stylist: Brendan Gosse ( Instagram )   Brendan Gosse studied film production and advertising at Emerson College until realizing that his heart lies in New York City. He left Emerson College and enrolled in Broadway Dance Center to further his dance training. Since being in New York he works as an Art Director for Swoon New York, which allows him to utilize his graphic design abilities. He also has recently been experimenting with film photography after much experience with digital work. He finds inspiration from childhood innocence, darker fantasies, and the movement of the human body. Gosse has choreographed music videos, show pieces and experimental pieces, while also…

  • Mortenbay Fig Chronicles

    Illustrations & Words: Jon Ludtke Aside from drawing, Ludtke also writes and creates films. He finished his first film feature titled “The Woodsman” (which you can watch on YouTube) and is currently working on his first novel. He adores cats and hates the winter months.                

  • Free Free Dom Dom’s “FFDD”

    Based in Berlin, Germany, Free Free Dom Dom is a duo project that emerged in October 2015 under the monikers of Little Voice (vocals/composition) and Philippe Duval (vocals/production). With their unique band name stemming from Japanese inflections, Free Free Dom Dom strive to follow their own musical path and radiate an open-minded attitude.   While filming their first music video for “FFDD”, they worked with London-based director and photographer Ophelie Rondeau, embracing a rock ‘n’ roll spirit to their shoot. Using a Super 8mm camera and with only three 8mm rolls at their disposal for a total of nine minutes of film, each moment was critical. Rondeau encouraged them to…

  • Ünderworld: A Psychedelic Slacker Comedy in the Making

    Pictured: Justin Jacobs as Rob   Ünderworld, a psychedelic slacker comedy, is director Vanessa Pla’s independent birth child starting actors and actresses from across the spectrum. Filmed in San Marcos, Texas, and citing influences like Dazed & Confused and Empire Records,  the film is what happens with a band of slacker youths take over a theme park and save it from subsequent doom. Mike, our protagonist, is not what you’d call a responsible character — a post-college graduate known to sleep in past noon, he is forced to take over the park after his father dies in a tragic accident. With a troop of like-minded friends, including roles from Lorelei…

  • Urban Scenes

    Artist: Gina Tyler   Gina devotes her life to traveling and attending concerts and shows, making more self-pledges to continue in her journeys and musical discoveries. She channels her adventurous side through her drawings and illustrations. She continues to explore unique combinations of music, film, urban trends, international style, rock & roll glamour, and the surf&skate scene in her art. Her whimsical and spirited take on life keeps her work progressive and fresh. You can take a look at more of her work in her portfolio.                      

  • Introducing Film Photographer Scott Semler

    Based out of Atlanta, GA, Scott Semler fell in love with film photography two years ago as a result of a terrible break-up. Looking for something to occupy his time, Semler spent his days experimenting and documenting photos as well as learning the technical side of film photography. After purchasing his Yashica 635, he developed a careful eye for interesting and intriguing subjects and meticulously honed in on his craft. With a knack for mastering honest and raw portraits, Semler already has several paid jobs under his belt and looks forward to capturing more photos that draws a wide audience in. You can keep updated with his work on his…

  • Intimacy and Distance: Photography by Ophelie Rondeau

    Ophelie Rondeau is a French self-taught film photographer from Paris, currently living and working in London. Six months ago she started shooting girls on film as a way to capture her perception of friendship, love, and natural beauty in girls she meets, based on the concept of repetition. She finds beauty in every individual and succeeds in capturing girls of different colors, shapes, and origins in her photography. Her focus on relationships and friendships originates from how the internet has affected human contact, depicting human connections as either present or absent. Her inspiration comes primarily from her own life and memories, and by the every day things she sees, hears,…

  • Drought City

    Photographer Michael Behlen spends his spare time shooting instant film and scoping out the live music scene. His love lies in the magical sensuality of instant film: the saturated colors, never quite knowing what you may capture in a shot, and watching his film develop. His collection, “Drought City”, stands to capture the current drought taking place in Fresno, California. Using expired Polaroid Type 669 and ID UV Film compliments that idea that these places may not stay preserved and adds nostalgic quality to his work.                  

  • Personal Diary

    Photographer: Leanne Surfleet   Through photography I’m still finding myself and learning about myself, less now through self-portraiture, but more in how I see the people around me. The camera is an extension of me, its how I see my life clearly and remember that I’m living and not just existing (or at least I’m trying to).   You can view more of Leanne Surfleet‘s photography on her website as well as on her Flickr account.                

  • Ak’chamel: A Mysterious Collective

      Ak’chamel, The Giver of Illness, are a music collective based out of Texas. Blending together audio and visual elements in textured shadows and overlaps, they aim to stimulate your senses in the most haunting and surreal way. Their most recent project, “My Form Has Been Extinguished”, is a 60 minute VHS film that follows “a faceless shaman who becomes engaged in a cosmic quest to incarnate the primordial spirits of destruction and chaos present in the universe from the beginning of time.” In keeping their identity immaculately hidden, they add an extra layer to their mysterious and psychedelic aura, both on screen and off.   What made you want…

  • Seashells: A Short in Beauty and Nostalgia

      Although no one’s experience is identical to another, I think we can all agree that growing up is hella weird. And sometimes sad, embarrassing, and confusing. But in looking back upon the saddest, most embarrassing, and most confusing times, you realize that these once Earth-shattering moments are really just blips in a life that came to be full of all sorts of sad, embarrassing and confusing things (plus some good stuff too). When you’re a grown-up, or at least a little closer to becoming one, it’s hard to remember how you felt when you realized that your days of playing with Barbies and drinking Kool-Aid with your friends after…

  • 8am with Cary Fagan

    It’s 9am New York time when I call Cary Fagan. That’s 8am for him in Houston. 8am. On a Saturday. I guess whoever said success never sleeps was right because he’s ready to talk. I apologize for getting him up so early anyway. His voice is low and easy, like I had called one of my friends the morning after we had gone out, and puts me at ease to ask whatever I want.   I want to know about the girls. The majority of Fagan’s work is rooted in the beauty and intricacies of the female body. He photographs models and model friends, only occasionally breaking away to the…

  • Losing Your Flames

    Losing Your Flames was developed by Sara York and Mikel Ledesma to show the devastating effects of bullying on today’s society. Coming out is a very personal experience, and each individual should set the time and place to tell their friends they are gay. But the world isn’t always kind when others find out, and sometimes that unkindness is too much to take. LGBT youth are 4 times more likely and questioning youth are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. When confronted with anger and teasing from friends and family, LGBT young are left with nowhere to turn. Losing Your Flames provides a platform for…

  • Friday the 13th Movie Marathon

    Friday the 13th, though a controversial day, is widely regarded by all. The day itself has only recently been coined as unlucky, with its origins being in the 19th century. With number twelve being seen as the embodiment of perfection (twelve months in a year, hours on a clock, number of Jesus’ disciples, etc.), thirteen represented irregularity and became the redheaded stepchild in the number line. With liberties taken along the years, Friday the 13th is now regarded with blood, guts, gore, and fear as much as Halloween. With October being a few months away, have no fear – you’ll be able to satiate your fright fest fix this coming…

  • Movies To Die For: Teenage

    When I first read up on the root of Matt Wolf’s new flick, “Teenage,” I wasn’t convinced. What do you mean “the development of the teenager?” Teenagers have always been around… An entire phase of life didn’t just come out of nowhere. But, once I started the film, (curled on the couch with a glass of vino) I was pleasantly surprised. The movie ‘Teenage’ was originally inspired by punk author, Jon Savage, and his book Teenage, which is filled with enthralling stores of teenage life never before heard and biographies of youth revolutionaries. However, these stories weren’t of the teen rebels we’ve all heard about like the hippies and the punks;…

  • Interview With Matt Wolf, Director Of ‘Teenage’

    Last week, we had the chance to talk with Matt Wolf, director of the new independent film ‘Teenage’. The film discusses the lives of teenagers all over the world from the 1900s to the 1950s, focusing on the creation of the modern teenager, along with difficulties and experiences they faced with creating this new youth culture.     ANON: What inspired you to take on this project? Matt Wolf: I was inspired by Jon Savage’s book Teenage. I was a longtime fan of Jon’s writing— he wrote the definitive history of punk rock,  England’s Dreaming. What I loved about Teenage is all the hidden histories and forgotten biographies that Jon uncovered. I felt like he…

  • What To Give Your Hipster Friends For Christmas

    Having trouble coming up with gift ideas for your local hipster community? Well, I’m here to help. Here are some cliché, hipster-esque trends to inspire your gift giving this year: 1. Cats: I don’t know why this is a thing, but I’m okay with it. Hipsters love cats. Laser cats, cat sweaters, cats with bowties, just all thing cats. Slap a cat on any old thing and they will absolutely love you to the moon and back. 2. Yarn Bombing: Yarn bomb the crap out of those hipsters. For those of you not as well versed with the latest trends, yarn bombing is a new trend that has picked up in recent years. Walk around…

  • Holga Lovin’

    I have a love/hate relationship with my Holga 35mm camera. Love, because I absolutely adore the way most of my pictures turn out – the light leaks are always a beautiful surprise, and I’ve figured out how to do double exposures. Hate, because I never know how the pictures will turn out, or if they even will turn out, for that matter. It’s definitely one of the most temperamental cameras around – blurry pictures happen, the film itself can mess up, and so on. Even so, I personally think that the occasional frustration that comes with using this kind of camera is well worth the unique pictures that you get. After taking…

  • Disposed: Boston

      Finding shelter from the rain Cosplay or tour guide…hmmm… Benji Franklin’s grave The best Asian food in Faneuil Hall Boats and hoes Arrrgggh. Little Italy’s Gotti Jesus alley The Irish side o’ town Too busy texting Wishing my school was this fancy Hah-vahd. If you’d like to be a part of our ‘Disposed‘ series, all you need is a disposable camera! Send your photos to editors@anonmagazine.com

  • Disposed: London & Zurich

    Our good friend Alex took a beautiful trip about London & Zurich. Take a look. All photos are as is, no edits, all taken with a disposable camera! Hells yeah! First day of the Gentlemen of the Road stopover in Lewes, England!  Kicking off the festival with Youth Lagoon! Some very trendy tweens. Don’t miss Deep Valley at ACL this year!  If you look verrrrrry closely, you can see Mumford & Sons!  There was an enchanted forest behind our hotel. The pool at our hotel~ Buckingham Palace My mom and I found some roman ruins on the Swiss-German border. Regent Park “Share a Coke with ladies.” The “Gate of Hell”…

  • Disposed: New York City

    A disposable camera was brought along on my recent trip to New York City – I captured random moments, places, things, and memories. All of the photos are as-is, nothing has been edited. If you’d like to be a part of our Disposed series, grab a disposable camera, take it with you places, and send the pictures to editors@anonmagazine.com  Enjoy! The Wellington Hotel lobby Good ol’ Times Square The best part of Chinatown McFlurries at the three story McDonald’s  You can stand under my umberella-ella-ella-aye-aye-aye The infamous Times Square again Chinatown and their strange statues The storm was a little too much for his street-bought umbrella  Early morning Central Park…

  • ANON Does 4th of July

    On Thursday morning, the anniversary of our country’s independence and what-not, the ANON crew here in College Station packed up and headed down the road to “that other town” in Texas. Austin, ya know… Where there is actually something to do aside from venturing over to Northgate or going to the movies for the twentieth time (I have seriously lost count). We were in search of the great 4th of July adventure, complete with a fireworks show that would probably cut deep into the city’s budget. Well, we didn’t get our amazing, cathartic display of gunpowder, but we did get a great deal on sparklers, black cats, and roman candles,…

  • Some Places: A Collection of Instant Film Photographs

    ‘Some Places’ is a collection of instant film photographs from photographer Tyler Tyndell, who has worked in partnership with ANON | Magazine. All images in the collection were taken exclusively with a variety of Impossible Project film over the past year. The book includes several full bleed images, diptychs, triptychs and a 42 image composite. This collection exemplifies the beauty &variety of Impossible Project film spanning from the first batches to the most recent Color Protection film. With several purchase options, there is no reason that you shouldn’t have this book. The book is available through Blurb Books and can be found here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3948239 See more of Tyler’s work at www.tylertyndell.com