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Annissa Omran
is currently a college student. She is also currently working on replacing the title "aspiring writer" with "award-winning writer".
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In an unfortunate turn of events on Sunday evening, one group of filmmakers found themselves to be the victims of the worst kind of live award show snafu - a winner announcement mishap. And when I say victims, I am not referring to the cast and crew of La La Land. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) It's reasonable to assume that most of those who make up the loyal Crazytown readership watched the 89th Academy Awards this past Sunday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 32.9 million viewers tuned in to the big event. Those of us who watched to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Crazytown
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By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) In the fall of 2015, a friend of mine got an internship to work on a local film that was being produced on a relatively low budget. They needed people to work on securing locations, and to this end they secured a small, grimy office in Midtown, Miami. On the first day of pre-production, I drove my friend to the office. It had a very mom-drops-kid-off-at-the-first-day-of-school kind of vibe to it. As I drove away, I wondered to myself what would become of this tiny film project nobody had ever heard of. Over the course... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Crazytown
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There's no such thing as too many movies. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) In the past ten days I have seen a total of eight movies in theaters. I’ll let that settle for a moment. Eight movies. That’s something along the lines of SIXTEEN hours spent in a movie theater staring at a screen. And I enjoyed every single one of those hours. Alright, that’s an exaggeration. Some of the movies were definitively better than others. But as any good film student knows, you have to go through some duds to get to the gold. And boy did the gold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Crazytown
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By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Hello, Crazytown universe! I’m back after a year and a half hiatus to shout some more personal trains of thought into the dark void that is the internet. Time has made me wiser and a little bit harder, but I’ve still got that squishy interior that’s reminiscent of a not-yet-finished souffle. I’ve got some more cooking to do, and I’m planning on broadcasting the entire process all over Crazytown like an overplayed Food Network show. And while we’re on the topic of food, I think it’s fair to say we could all use a little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Crazytown
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13 states, 12 days, 4 family members, 1 car. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) To pick up where I left off in my last post, my epic family road trip moved on from our first stop in New Orleans in a northward trajectory with one destination in mind - Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I had seen the Appalachian mountains many times in the past, so I'd thought I had a pretty good grasp of height and picturesque views. Boy was I wrong. The Rockies are all that and then some. I had thought I'd known what to expect. I was wrong.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Crazytown
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13 States, 12 days, 4 family members, 1 car. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Have you ever spent an entire night driving down a pitch black Colorado-Kansas highway? This girl has! My family reached an interesting compromise when we couldn't decide on a location for our summer trip. I begged and pleaded for Louisiana because that's the setting for the novel I'm writing for my senior thesis this school year. My parents were dead set on Colorado. The verdict? A massive road trip that stopped first in New Orleans for a couple days and then swooped up to Steamboat Springs.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Now seeing that I am about two weeks late to the party, it's quite possible a lot of you have seen my current favorite music video - While it is a bit hard jam out to a song about summer with the fall semester of my senior year of college just looming a week and a half away, I can't help but love this. Demi Lovato's music has run the gamut from bubbly teen rock to growing-pains-ridden dark pop to rejuvenated retrospectives. Always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Crazytown
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A true life story of a true life experience. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) The setting - the end of a Friday night performance of Love Letters with a stellar cast. All is quiet in the packed house while the actors, Love Story's Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, deliver the last few harrowing pages of dialogue. The climactic realization is delivered and O'Neal brings it on home with Andy Ladd's final letter, this time to Melissa's mother. The last syllable is uttered and the crowd jumps to its feet. The tipsy women in the second row, the ones who'd spent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) It is my job, as this summer's Crazytown DJ if you will, to bring you the music that everyone is [or soon will be] listening to. It's possible that you've already come across this little gem on Facebook or Tumblr or via your best friend's obnoxious blast emails. But just in case you haven't, allow me to share the magic. Do you like Disney Villains? Do you like Game of Thrones? If you're a living, breathing human and not an alien and/or robot,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) I'm starting us off this week with a singer whose weirdness I absolutely love. MELANIE MARTINEZ was on Adam Levine's team on The Voice a few years back, but that's not where I know her from. I found this oddball during a late night of YouTube surfing when I should have been working on an essay. Her song "Dollhouse" is one of my favorite creepy gems. The haunting mixture of infantilized aesthetics and warped imagery makes the video captivating, while the song is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Crazytown
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New York, New York, it's a helluva town. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) As I mentioned in last week's post, I spent the weekend in New York City. And it. Was. Amazing. This trip, as I mentioned in my previous post, was one that I didn't plan out too clearly. The objectives were simple - hang out with my old roommate and have an awesome time. And let me tell you - I certainly did. (Putting the old film clip because Gene Kelly, that's why.) Friday morning I had a few hours alone because my friend had to work, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Crazytown
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This writer is getting out of scorching South Florida...and heading up to scorching New York. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) I spend a lot of time here on Crazytown writing about what it's like to be a theater-loving creative living miles away from the artistic hub that is the Big Apple. Many of my posts are dedicated to my gradual discovery of the inspiring world around me here in sunny South Florida as I try to make peace with my current location, regardless of its shortcomings. However, this weekend is going to be a real treat - I will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Today I'm coming at you with a one-two punch: two different bands to tickle your musical fancy. I came across these two during an hour sifting through Spotify, and both are spontaneous-dance-party worthy, I can promise you that. MISTERWIVES MisterWives is one of my favorite new discoveries. Their first studio album "Our Own House" came out in February and they are just phenomenal. Bright melodies, smart lyrics - these guys have it all. The title track "Our Own House" is one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) In a continuation of last week's bout of pre-teen nostalgia, I thought it best to share with the world a new music video my friends called to my attention this week. Now, I should probably provide some background. When I was 13 years old, the Jonas Brothers were my life. I'm talking clutching-my-cd-player-feeling-pangs-in-my-heart type of deal. I loved all of them, but Nick Jonas was my curly headed man. The whine on his voice and the brooding look in his eyes filled the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Over the last week, did you hear something strange in the distance? Sort of a faint rumble with a shrill edge? That was the collective shriek of every girl who grew up in the early 2000s reacting simultaneously to the release of Hilary Duff's new album. Her first in EIGHT YEARS. Personal story time: Hilary's first album, Metamorphosis, was one of the first CDs I ever bought on my own (along with Avril Lavigne's Under My Skin, because I was a cool kid).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bringing you tunes to carry you through the humid evenings to come. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Good morrow, Crazytowners! I'm glad to be back for our beautiful summer term [and I really do mean beautiful, check out that fancy new layout!] A couple quick updates about my life: - This will be my third summer as part of the Crazytown gang - I'm on the look out for the Stephen King novel I'm going to lose myself in this year (it's a summer tradition of mine) - I've discovered the joy that is the rapper Lil Dicky and am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Crazytown
This is so true, Leah. Funny story - I was in my "Advanced" creative writing class last semester and my professor went off on a tangent ranting about how damaging Stephen King's "On Writing" was. She spent 15 minutes calling it "unintelligent drivel" and saying everything he's ever written was "pure trash." And when a classmate piped up to say argue that his books were still popular regardless, my professor shut him down by saying "Popularity doesn't count. Awards count. And Stephen King hasn't won any awards because he's a horrible writer." And I, as an ardent Stephen King fan, remained quiet through this because I was so deeply insulted by this pompous display of elitist bullshit. How can you possibly shame someone so fervently for their taste in books? And the crazy part? I'd bought "On Writing" just the week before. So, of course, I brought it to the next class and kept it on my desk, just to piss her off haha.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on WHAT'S IN A SHAME at Crazytown
Thanks so much - travel really is the best!
Toggle Commented May 27, 2015 on WHAT I DID BEFORE MY SUMMER VACATION at Crazytown
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A little pre-summer contemplation and reflection for ya. By Annissa Omran (Writer/ College Student) This is my last post before the summer term starts in a couple weeks, so I thought I'd do what I've been doing every May for the past two years - reflect on the academic year that has just come to a close. I am about to enter my senior year of college. I will be working on two senior theses, I will be the fiction editor for my school's literary journal, the programming chair of my film fraternity, and a member of my school's late... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Crazytown
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Because haiku is always the best form of expression. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) (Actual footage of me on the highway [source] ) What are you doing? You, sir, are in a Mustang Why drive like a snail? My Prius can kick Your red ostentatious ass, Believe it or not. And the turn lane Is for turning, by the way. In case that's not clear. So just turn, damn it And save us all the headache Of darting around Also, to the mom With three kids in the back seat Middle fingers? Wow. Creative response. It was even funnier When... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Crazytown
I completely agree with your train of thought regarding the finale. I like to think that the show wouldn't be so obvious, but I also have that nagging feeling that the obvious thing is what they're going to spring on us, knowing we won't expect it. These writers are tricky - that's why the show's been so interesting!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2015 on IN PRAISE OF MAD MEN at Crazytown
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Losing your voice or losing your identity - is there much difference?! By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) Anyone who knows me in any capacity knows that talking is kind of my thing. Talking and yelling and singing and bantering - I do it all and I do it well, if I do say so myself. I'd definitely say that I am also a great listener, but mainly when I am required to be one. Under all other conditions I fill the dead space around me with the sound of my own voice, to both the amusement and exasperation of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Crazytown
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By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) To follow up with last week's post about the AWP Writers Conference I attended in Minneapolis, I thought I'd share some videos of Taylor Mali. I first heard of Taylor Mali when I was seventeen years old in the back of my economics class. We were screwing around, as you do when you're 17, and instead of working on a budget project someone pulled up a couple Taylor Mali videos on youtube. The first one I ever saw was called "The The Impotence of Proofreading". I was immediately hooked, though at the time I'd never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Crazytown
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What happens when you put thousands of writers in the same convention center? Interesting things, my friends. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) This past week I was lucky enough to attend AWP Conference 2015 as a part of my school's undergraduate literary journal. As a Creative Writing major, I'd heard of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs many times, but this was my first taste of the industry in a concentrated setting. The conference was held from Thursday to Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which means I got to see snow for the very first time. I had an absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Crazytown
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This writer's got a playlist for your plane ride. By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student) I recently came back from Dallas, a trip that included three plane rides in total, and by Thursday (today, in real time) I will already be in Minneapolis. It's a travel heavy semester for me, packed with a cappella competitions and writers conferences, and if there's one thing I've learned to rely on, it is definitely music. You never know what kind of weirdos you might be sitting next to if your seats are random (i.e. the traumatic experience I had sitting between two creepy men... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Crazytown