An illustrator as long as she can remember, U‑M Penny Stamps School of Art and Design senior Zoe Black never considered herself a filmmaker. But after a meeting with a career-aptitude test mentor, who told her “You’re going to go into film,” Black latched onto the idea.
“I’ve definitely kept illustrating, and doing graphic design, so I have those in my back pocket,” Black says. “But film, and specifically documentary work, has been my main focus since my first film class at Stamps.”
A sophomore film project got her thinking about media’s representation of women, and how it affects their identities. It was a theme that stuck with her through undergrad, and is now the subject of her senior thesis documentary film: How to Make a Self Portrait.