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I write articles, I speak on the radio. I’m also a middle child. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that last year, I decided to add a feather to my cap, leaping into the waves of video production.

What lies above is what happened one morning as I paid a visit to my old boss (and favorite pastry queen), Christina Tosi, over at Momofuku Milk Bar. More specifically, the Momofuku Milk Bar commissary space, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the Batman cave of all Milk Bar pastry production.) 

Essentially, this is my video version of bring your daughter to work day, only it’s bring your former employee to work day.

Filmed by the immensely gifted Ben Richardson (the cinematographer behind, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” who also just swept the Indie Spirit awards for Best Cinematographer) and produced by Josh Hetzler Productions, to say that I’m a lucky gal is an understatement.

This video wouldn’t have happened without the unstoppable Director, Mollye Asher, editing beast Elin Gronblom, all around visual wizard, Zoe Shack, sound boss Laura Sinnott, Associate Producer Becky Nordensten, stylist Aly Barohn, Creative Consultant Anna Margaret Hollyman, and drawing wizard Mary Hollyman.

Herewith, an insider’s glimpse into what happens in a typical day at one of the most popular pastry palaces in the entire universe. If you’re on a sugar detox, this is rated R for your eyeballs. 

For more information about how to get your Momofuku Milk Bar sugar fix on, move over here. 



Beast It! Beasts of the Southern Wild, Revisited.

(photo via GQ.com)

Early last summer, I had the privilege of sitting down with my friend, Benh Zeitlin, the Director and mastermind behind the film ,”Beasts of the Southern Wild,"  to discuss the background and culture of the Cajun communities (Pointe Au Chien and Isle Saint Charles, Louisiana), where the Bathtub was filmed, for a piece that I wrote for GQ.com.

Today’s MASSIVE and overwhelmingly exciting Oscar nominations for the film (Best Picture, Best Actress AND best adapted screenplay) are well beyond deserved for one of the hardest working crews I’ve ever seen. 

The Bathtub is nothing short of a whirlpool where entropy reigns supreme, based on the Cajun and Native American communities of Terrebone Parish in Southern Louisiana, a region known for its rugged conditions and deteriorating infrastructures. Catch a glimpse of what it was like for Benh and the crew juggling the challenges of filming within a bumpy vortex of obstacles, from the catastrophic BP oil spill to creeping through an alligator’s lair. Check out Benh’s thoughts on taking in the briny waters of a fearless Cajun community, a place that sounds like the real Bathtub, unscripted right here.

Congrats to all of the members of Court13. I’m a proud soccer mom beyond comprehension.

Two words: Beast it.



GQ ON CULTURE: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

        

        

(Photo via GQ.COM)

The time I caught up with the brilliant Benh Zeitlin, Director of the indie film dazzler, “Beasts of the Southern Wild" to discuss the obstacles of filming in the midst of the BP oil spill, gliding through an alligators lair, and his thoughts on the heroic Cajun communities of Point-Aux-Chien and Isle Jean Charles, spots I consider to be the real world versions of the Bathtub.

We sat down for a cup of coffee in a mosquito free zone. We ended up on GQ.com. You can read the full Q&A here.

For a national listing of where you can watch “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” head straight to the Bathtub