Child Star, July 2016


Macaulay Culkin was only ten years old when he was in Home Alone. Dakota Fanning had her big break when she was seven, and Drew Barrymore was three! Isn’t that wild? What if YOU had YOUR big break when you were three? What do you think your life would be like now? Would you be a Shirley Temple or a Lindsay Lohan? We wanna see your Hannah Montana audition tapes! Your kindergarten choir recital! Your re-enactment of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video! Your rejection from Mickey Mouse Club House!

Also check out this month's jury at the bottom of the page!

No hay banda by Stephanie Kang

CW: Explicit Language, Intense Twerking

6min 04sec, Chicago, IL, USA, 2015

"I am constantly fluctuating between dream and reality, waking and sleeping, fantasy and terror.Back in the spotlight, the crowd is calling.The paparazzi and the fame…(It can drive a girl insane.)-from ""The Other Side of Me"", 2006Hear le son and mute it…drop it. It's all recorded. No hay banda. It's all a tape. Il n'est pas de orchestre. It is…an illusion.-from Mulholland Drive, 2001When am I dreaming and when am I awake? Does it even matter?I have lost control, forever trapped in this hypnagogic state."

For more info about Stephanie Kang visit

Mommie's Secrets by Sydney Shavers


CW: Abuse

2min 26sec, Chicago IL USA, 2013

This video borrows from the 1981 movie, Mommie Dearest. Mommie Dearest examines the volatile relationship of Joan Crawford and her daughter, Christina. Through revisiting relics of childhood rise questions about the ways memory exists. How do we cope with reality when it's not everything we once saw it as being?

For more info about Sydney Shavers visit their Vimeo

I'll Pass by Kristen Anchor


CW: Some Scenes Depict Homophobia (verbal)

8min 36sec, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2013

Cindi is a cheerleader and Ronnie is a dykey geek, can their love survive high school? A lesbian teen romance including cliques, secret rendezvous, and betrayal. Reconstructed from the 80’s teen movie Can’t Buy me Love.

For more info about Kristen Anchor visit

1985 Homemade Music Video "We're Not Gonna Take It" Twisted Sister
by Weird Paul Petroskey


CW: Cartoon Violence

4min 08sec, Pittsburg, PA, USA, 1985

In 1985, a 14 year old kid talked his family into remaking the Twisted Sister music video for "We're Not Gonna Take It". The entire thing was shot in sequence with no editing and with the music being stopped and started on a boombox. The father really shines here and adds on an unexpected twist ending.

For more info about Weird Paul Petroskey visit

William by Lillie West


CW: None Provided by Artist

3min 34sec, Chicago, IL, USA, 2012

Short high school documentary about small genius William West. Four years old. Cake stuff. No pictures

For more info about Weird Lillie West visit



CW: None Provided by Artist 

16min 30sec, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2015

Birthed from a culture of fan made Youtube videos, nicolas burrier is a persona both autobiographical and antithetical that navigates an experience of pop culture. At a personal scope, it relates to being young and finding identity through seemingly powerful, and often female icons. At a public scope, it embodies the utopian promise of self-actualization through populist forms of media. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION serves as a prologue for this inquiry, positioning popular identity as a space for transformation, confusion, and illusion.

For more info about Nic Seago visit

Strawberry Shortcake by Mary Clare Pelch


CW: None Provided by Artist

01min 22sec, Chicago, IL, USA, 2016


Jumping rope outside of an elementary school. Squishing cake on the blacktop. Chanting about love. Singing for Jesus.

For more info about Mary Clare Pelch visit their Vimeo

Bitute Pilkoji by Ulijona Odisarija

CW: None Provided by Artist 


1min 44sec, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

Me conducting Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra on the International Theatre Day in 1994 (I think). My uncle recorded it on a VHS from a live translation on Lithuanian National Television, I found it recently and re-filmed it with an iPhone.

For more info about Ulijona Odisarija visit

Child, Child West by Kenny Reed and Mike Brady

CW: None Provided by Artist

03min 42sec, Chicago, IL, USA , 2013


When a bad guy comes rolling into town, it's up to Rick to get "eye for and eye" justice. Made with google search results images. Let the good times roll.

For more info about Kenny Reed and Mike Brady visit their YouTube

I'm Dead, I'm Alive by Christopher Thompson


CW: None Provided by Artist

5min 25sec, New York, NY, USA, 2016


"10,000 BC Rising from untarnished Earth, the Google campus emerges. Aliens and Predators lower the solar panels onto the roof. The Sun sets as a Xenomorph places the amputated arm of a T-800 Terminator into the future office of Larry Page. Activation. Open license. 8:00am, Dec 31, 1999 Downstairs JLo is singing her siren song ""Waiting for Tonight"". You take her hand and she leads you into a green room. You look into her eyes, but her gaze burns and sears your retinas, bursting your blood vessels into a pink spray. She hands you a pair of night vision contact lenses. Then she tears you apart from the inside. [fade to black] Times Square, 11:59pm, Dec 31, 1999 A camera pans over the crowd. Through your contact lenses you see Terminator T-800s rush into the crowd from 42nd St – Times Square. A terminator is wearing the flesh of Rudy Giuliani. You ascend with JLo to her Babylonian Temple. A network connection. A search engine. A market-place united. "

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Henry Detweiler is an artist and independent curator from Atlanta, Georgia. His varied practice includes environmental installation, video and performance work in addition to incorporating traditional 2D and 3D media. In 2012, he received a BFA in Drawing Painting & Printmaking from Georgia State University. His work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad and has been featured in Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, and Emergency Index Vol. 3. He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.


Jared Kelley is currently dancing indefinitely in outer space and making videos about not really being anywhere at all.


Traci Fowler is a fat queer feminist multidisciplinary artist and curator from Houston, Tx currently living and working in Chicago, IL. Their work has previously been exhibited at Live (In) Gallery (Cinncinnati, Oh), DfbrL8tr (Chicago, Il) and Threewalls (Chicago, Il) among others. Traci is excited by humor, femininity and cheap materials.


Rosé Hernandez is a Chicago body-based artist and healer. Drawing from elements of butoh, theater, music, and ritual. Rosé binds the spaces bordering between the body, desire, queer world making, and spirituality. Through a wide range of performance practices, Rosé navigates the post-millenial landscape in search of love, immanence,and ultimately healing.