Dakota and Ariam: Both Better Than Me (and I'm Cool with That!)
Anyway, I was feeling good about all of the above until the IMDb reported that Dakota Fanning turns 11 today. This girl has thrown down with Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlize Theron, and Robert De Niro, and she's barely in her double digits? What am I even doing with my life, you guys? The fabulous Kimberly Snyder and I were just debating yesterday when we're going to actually get around to writing those Oscar-winning screenplays we've been housing deep down in us all these years, and here goes Ms. Fanning running laps around us, stealing our checkered flag. (Holy Batmobile, an unintentional NASCAR analogy!)
Since I'm a mature adult, I'm going to avoid the urge to begrudge the pint-sized Dakota her amazing movie career. Dakota, I hope Chuck E. Cheese is a blast tonight; say hi to Sean and 'chelle for me, wouldja? Meanwhile, here's a real-life grown up person whom I actually know that is also better than me, but in a terrific way. My former student Ariam Mogos just found out this morning that she earned a prestigious internship working under goddess/producer Christine Vachon over at Killer Films. Killer's resumé of titles is stunning, and that's even before you count up those projects Vachon produced herself—you know, little nothings like Todd Haynes' Poison and Safe, Rose Troche's Go Fish, Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol... Christine Vachon is like the one woman in America whom our current queer cinema simply wouldn't exist without. And now, my Ari is going to work for her! Ari is talented, adventurous, motivated, energetic, and totally fun, and she deserves every nanosecond of this internship—even if she winds up losing it because her ex-professor won't stop showing up at her desk begging to be introduced around. But I'll save those indignities for later. For right now: Ari, you're my new hero!