I am a graduate student at Ball State University, pursuing an M.A. in the Department of Media's Digital Storytelling Program. I completed a graduate assistantship at the David Owsley Museum of Art, where my role was to create video content, graphics, and advertising for the museum. In my free time, I acted as the Secretary for the Ball State student group Frog Baby Film Festival, the university's student film festival.
I received my B.A. from Ball State University in 2019 in Telecommunications with a concentration in Film and Media Studies and graduated with minors in both Japanese and Professional Writing in Emerging Media. During this time, I was a member of the student volunteer group Music and Memory and the campus organization Women in Tech. I was both Senior Reviews Editor and Editor-In-Chief for Byte Magazine, an online entertainment publication hosted within the Journalism Department's Unified Media Lab.
Currently, I write feature articles for Static Media's websites, Looper.com and SVG.com. I love writing about film and video-game-related topics. However, my favorite content to pursue is anything within the scope of horror genre news and history. Most of my academic research involves modern horror subjects, so I am deeply interested in researching and writing about the topic.
I first became interested in videography when I was in middle school and would create animated music videos using Microsoft Paint, Windows Movie Maker, and whatever music I could get my hands on. My friends and I would also shoot short scripted videos using cheap camcorders and upload them to YouTube, thinking we were absolutely hilarious. But once I got my hands on Macromedia Flash 7 and a copy of Adobe Photoshop 4 using my Bat Mitzvah money, I tried my hands at more complicated animation techniques, making my own 10-minute videos and animated music videos based on the Erin Hunter Warrior Cats book series.
While these primitive YouTube animations were nothing noteworthy, creating them taught me the basics of voice recording, outlining scripts, keyframing, audio editing, and post-production, all things I discovered I loved. Animation was never my first love, but the hobby did teach me the important fundamentals of production that I still utilize today. Ultimately, videography and post-production were both creative outlets I did find the most fulfilling and what I wanted to continue pursuing. Even throughout high school, when given the creative space, I would turn in comedic video projects that, luckily for me, always resulted in laughs from my peers. This ultimately pushed me to pursue media theory and production at university and a production internship at WFYI Indianapolis.
Today, I am most interested in documentary filmmaking. I eagerly jump onto projects highlighting modern and historical instances of injustice and promoting equality. I believe that documentary is a form of activism, and the film medium is an excellent tool to amplify the voices of those who experience injustice. Through the medium of film, I aim to diversify the library of media to further empower a diverse, wide range of subjects on the screen.
The Integration of the Riviera Club
The Riviera Club, founded on January 12, 1933, is one of Indianapolis' most famous private swimming facilities. The designation as a private club ensured that members would only be surrounded by residents of the community they actively wanted to engage with. For some Hoosiers, like my Jewish father, membership was firmly denied.
This creative project archives the Bates v. Riviera Club Inc. legal case, wherein my father, Larry Reuben, and many other brave individuals led the charge against racial injustice in Indianapolis' Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.
As a requirement for my M.A. degree, I created a 30-minute documentary film cataloging the Bates v. Riviera Inc. case. I also made a custom WordPress website contextualizing Indianapolis at the time of the case, the details of the case, and the individuals involved. The website features articles, audio elements, news clippings, archival images, and a timeline created using nite labs. This project is ongoing and will be added to in the future.
My creative project is a Ball State University ASPiRE Student Creative Arts Competition Grant Recipient. Additionally, an article about my project was published in the 2022 Winter edition of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association's newsletter.
OTHER VIDEO PROJECTS
As a graduate assistant at the David Owsley Museum of Art, I assisted in shooting and editing video content for the museum's Virtual Museum experience. This includes six staff perspectives discussing specific artwork in the 20/20: Twenty Women Artists of the Twentieth Century exhibition and editing a video exploring the work of artist Irene Rice Pereira.
One of the larger video projects I prepared was a pre-recorded two-hour Facebook live stream for the museum's annual Final Friday event. I compiled and edited footage for the project, wrote the script, and ran the live stream using OBS.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Ball State University ASPiRE Student Creative Arts Competition Grant Recipient (2021)
Ball State University Magna Cum Laude (2019)
The Department of Journalism Award for Outstanding Leadership (2018)
TCOM Film and Media Studies Student of the Year (2016-2017)
Louie Award: Byte Excellence in Print Award (2016-2017)
Louie Award: Byte Best New Member Award (2015-16)
Ball State Pre-TCOM Student of the Year Award (2015-16)
Ball State University Dean's List Fall (2015-Summer 2018)
Ivy Tech Community College Dean's List Fall (2014 - Spring 2015)
AWARDS FOR WRITTEN WORK
2019 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle Awards
Personal opinion: Off-campus issues (Certificate of Merit): "Documenting Docs: "Titicut Follies"
2018 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle Awards
Digital Media: First Person Experience (Certificate of Merit): "Studying Abroad in Japan: The Weebs are Wrong"
Digital Media: Entertainment Reviews (Certificate of Merit): "Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ Grossly Misunderstands Why the Original was a Success"
MAPACA Annual Conference, "The Rise of the E-Girl: Embrace of a Stereotype or of the Male Gaze?," Co-Presenter. 2021
PCA/ACA National Conference, "The Politics of Israel’s Emerging Horror Genre," Presenter. 2021