Dismantling Stereotype, Diversifying Representation
Leaving Normal is a 20 min. documentary film meant to educate a demographic of 12-18 year olds about media literacy and the need for diverse representation in Hollywood filmmaking, as evidenced by statistical data published by University of Southern California and UCLA.
The documentary contextualizes project research with footage from interview subjects to illustrate the pervasive effects of minority stereotyping in Hollywood cinema. Stylistically, Leaving Normal is a visual combination of traditional 2D cutout animation, live action interview footage, and hand-made digital paintings that create a vivid environment and exciting tone to engage younger audiences.
Leaving Normal premiered at Cole Cinema in St. Mary's City, Maryland on July 6th, 2017. The St. Mary's Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium hosted the research presentation and artist talk for this film on July 7th, 2017.