Extra Credit: Penny Arcade by Jethro Jean-Charles

2. Penny Photo by Jasmine Hirst_copy

The discussion with guest speaker, Penny Arcade was very inspirational. She covered many topics from life advice, such as following and organizing your dreams, as well as film advice, such as allowing your creative juices to flow freely, knowing what your strong suit is, e.g. editing, screenplay, etc. One of the most important things I took away from Penny’s presentation is to never allow anyone to stifle my goals. Someone who isn’t in the field, or share the same creative aspirations, may bring on stress, or negative criticism. There are many artists who allow other’s criticism to stifle their dreams, or keep them from realizing who they can be. These criticisms may come from a place of misunderstanding, lack of knowledge in the field, or simply from not having a creative mind. These criticisms can limit someone from becoming the next great movie star, director, writer, painter or other creative role.

Penny Arcade & Steve Zehentner

Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner’s collaborations are inspiring to me. Their combined efforts construct a magnificent vision of free expression led by luminous ranting by Penny Arcade. Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! Is a performance of free expression at its most personal and intimate level. I admire Penny Arcade’s willingness to ‘put it all out there’ and the shows ability to expand internationally.

Penny Arcade has constructed a plethora of media content along with Steve Zehentner’s technical prowess in film production. They stated that their shared values play a major part in their artistic collaboration. Penny is the concept/idea/detail person, while Steve organizes her visions into something tight nit and polished to make the pieces connect to the audience visually. I respect the fact that both Penny and Steve are self-made professionals who are able to do the work they want to do and contribute to society in a profound personal manner.

The L.E.S. Bio Project created by Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner, shines a light on individuals within the community that stray from the crowd and contribute to society the way they truly want to. An Avant Garde filmmaker, ‘Mother of the Community’, activist, experimental artist, lead singer, and theater director are just some of the subjects of these documentary shorts that highlight the personal authenticity of these rare individuals within the community and society as a whole.