I recently had the pleasure of chatting with award-winning short film director Nicole Teeny about her first feature documentary, Bible Quiz, which follows seventeen-year-old Mikayla as she memorizes thousands of Bible verses on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship (and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain). Winner of Best Feature Documentary at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, Bible Quiz explores coming-of-age in the midst of faith, doubt, fierce competition, and teen love. The film’s protagonist, Mikayla, is portrayed as a freethinking, independent young woman who manages to reconcile her own beliefs regarding God and sexuality in spite of being immersed in a somewhat unforgiving subculture.
Making music to drown your sorrow to seems a lot more prevalent nowadays than its counterpart—making music that’s actually fun to listen to! Stereo Total’s new album Cactus Versus Brezel supplies you with just that: tunes that make it hard to keep the smile off your face. The band has kept the same joyful electro-garage pop standard going for the past twenty years, and I was honored to have the opportunity to interview one half of the multilingual duo, Françoise Cactus. Apart from her involvement in the group she is truly a modern-day Renaissance woman and an inspiration to artistically driven females across the globe.