I was interviewed for Emerson College Today in advance of Families Can Be Together Forever screening at the It's All True Documentary Festival. Here's the section of the article relevant to my work, as written by Erin Clossey:
Colleen Kelly Poplin MA ’10, MFA ‘16 grew up in the Mormon Church. She says she can trace her family back to the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, complete with stories of moving across the plains in covered wagons, “so it’s a big deal in my ancestry.”
As she grew older, Poplin started to feel that LDS’s beliefs and policies were “damaging” to women, and she began to slowly pull back from the church. She married a non-Mormon, as a graduate film student at Emerson made woman-centric work, and supported progressive politics. But still, she didn’t walk away from church that had raised her, out of a sense of tradition, family, and identity.
Then she found out she was pregnant with a little girl.
In 1997, James Cameron's Titanic was the obsession of every preteen girl. I was no exception at thirteen, so I decided to remake the film using Barbie and Ken. Instant classic!
Professor Rob Sabal taught me that teaching philosophies rarely say anything substantial, but are increasingly required if you have any hope of teaching in higher education. Which I do. Here's my attempt to actually SAY SOMETHING.
I spent a day with a mother of twin toddlers.
I'm still exhausted.
"If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
Content warning: not for the faint of heart.
Behold: the formal proposal for my MFA thesis project. Coming August 17th (whether I'm ready or not).
Creative ideas are both novel and valuable. But they are often rejected when the creative innovator stands up to vested interests and defies the crowd. The crowd does not maliciously or willfully reject creative notions. Rather, it does not realize, and often does not want to realize, that the proposed idea represents a valid and advanced way of thinking. Society often perceives opposition to the status quo as annoying, offensive, and reason enough to ignore innovative ideas.