Strong Island Edition of Cinema Femme

While I’m not a huge movie buff, I make sure to watch every movie that Cinema Femme has me design for. Strong Island was one I had actually never heard of, so I was surprised to see that it was nominated for an Oscar! This interesting movie is based on a murder that happened in 1992. The victim, a 24 year old black man named William Ford Jr., was fatally shot after a series of controversial events occurred and the person who shot him walked free. What makes this film even more emotionally charged is that the victim’s brother, Emmy award winner Yance Ford, made this movie and conducted an investigation.

Some of the artwork I created could be classified as dark or provocative, but that’s the basis of what happened in this movie. I toned it down a tiny bit from the original designs, but personally, it was really important to illustrate the gravity of the situation. And… something I had to take stock of was the fact that I’m a white woman creating art for a movie about a black experience. Out of concern, I consulted my friend, an empowered black woman from Chicago, to take a look at what I created and give me her honest opinion. I was happy to get her positive feedback saying she felt that what I designed was right in line with the nature of the film. Granted, somebody could still feel some type of way about it, but I hope they can appreciate the heart I put into creating this edition of Cinema Femme.

Any way you slice it, the story of William Ford Jr. ends in tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

cover illustration by  Laurine Cornuejols

cover illustration by Laurine Cornuejols

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Polaroid illustration by  Tavi Veraldi

Polaroid illustration by Tavi Veraldi

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Inaugural Issues of Cinema Femme Magazine

When I left the corporate world a handful of months ago, I was happy for the change but sad to no longer be designing Chicago Lawyer magazine. After all, magazine design was always a dream of mine and I truly loved doing it. Luckily, an old co-worker of mine, Rebecca Martin, from Law Bulletin Media, hit me up with a new project she was kicking off: Cinema Femme magazine!

Cinema Femme is a publication about the female perspective of movies. Every edition focuses on a different film. So far, two editions have been published: one on The Virgin Suicides and the other on Black Panther. Inside the magazine are personal essays about the movie as well as some really interesting interviews. On the cover is a beautifully illustrated work of art by Laurine Cornuejols, a French illustrator who currently resides in London. While Laurine handles the cover design, I take on the rest of the magazine while utilizing her color scheme.

Check out some of the pages from Cinema Femme’s first couple issues!

The Virgin Suicides:

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Black Panther:

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Not only am I excited to be designing magazine spreads again, but I’m honored to be part of a project created by women! I worked in the corporate publication world for years - from a small newspaper called Village Soup on the coast of Maine to the Sun Times Media Group in Chicagoland to the niche company of Law Bulletin Media. For the most part, it’s dominated by men. I’m all for equality and that means more companies driven by women need to exist… and Cinema Femme is part of that movement. Cheers to that!