Digital Magazine #3

Contributors:  John Schengber, TJ Rinoski

Get your ticket to Prettier Than Heaven here.

Prettier Than Heaven follows citizen scientist Prabir Mehta on his quest to document the threatened ecosystems of SW Puerto Rico. In this art-based short film, viewers take a visual dive into the wonder of local mangrove forests and coral reefs, and explore what these ecosystems mean to the Puerto Rican community. Along the way, larger questions emerge about how colonialism, capitalism, and climate change are shaping the island and threatening to transform these special places beyond recognition. Viewers are ultimately inspired to reconsider their relationship to the natural world, whether that includes tropical waters or not. 

 

Prettier Than Heaven will premiere at Gallery 5 on July 27th, with music by Miramar Boleros and other entertainment. Visit the event page to RSVP and learn more. 

 

Photography from behind the scenes of Prettier Than Heaven

Skinny Dipper Magazine 
exists to catalyze self-discovery and human connection through storytelling.

Be bold and act like we’re invited, so that when they open those velvet barriers we walk right in with a nod. Lose sleep over the music we have forgotten, and leave if there is neither beauty nor sadness. Ask questions over dinner that require pencil and paper to answer. Print. Less screens and thicker calluses. Practice our dance while doing the dishes, and stay out there late. Unbutton around corners and fall off the bike, but stay on the ground and admire the mark we made on the street. Full burritos and well-worn maps. Wonder who designs salad dressing labels because we have some ideas. Load our words into a new canon, curse traffic, and show up unannounced because we know our friends. Get a double and see it twice. Fetishisize the past and be aliens together. Find a new way home. Kick ourselves for missing, clap for caring. Go wild with our look because we aren’t there yet. Speak with the flight attendants and hope that the runway below is full so that we can circle above the clouds at golden hour. Remember Ivan Ilyich and the favorite books of our friends. Tug hard on the tension between absolute narcissism and crippling self-doubt and find your dream in the middle. Push through and search abroad to see if this is there too. Go simple, go solo, go now. The world or nothing. Because if just one piece of this works, then this is forever.