AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Short Films: A Brief History and Review
by Alizay Chavez '21
Nathanael and Christina Matanick created a short film called ReMoved. ReMoved focuses on child abuse and foster homes and has two parts to it. A young girl named Zoe and her brother were taken away from their parents. Their dad was abusive and beat their mom. It got to the point where the mother got her parental rights taken away from her. Throughout ReMoved, Zoe suffered from depression and anger issues. She use to yell and hit her foster mom. All she wanted was her baby brother. Her life started to get better when her foster mom also got to take care of Zoe’s brother, but there was a family that wanted to adopt him. One day when Zoe was at school the family that wanted the baby brother adopted him. It broke Zoe’s heart. Her anger outburst got worse, but as time went on she got better and started to have a better life. Overall the short film was amazing. Christina Matanick is an excellent screenplay writer. If you want, you can watch ReMoved at:
Young actor’s project also produces many short films. It also gives teeanagers and children the oppurtunity to act in films as well as plays and get discovered by many other agencies. If you our between the ages 5 and 18 you can join the summer workshop. They also have classes that teach the students anything that they would need.
Ambush! Art: Art and Literary Magazine
Ambush! Is publishing their yearly art and literature magazine in April, and we want your submissions! Last year only four students made submissions and one teacher. The magazine still came out great, but this year we are hoping to include more Gallup High artists than in 2017. To allow total creative freedom, there is no limit to what you can submit (as long as it can be printed). Feel free to submit your drawings, paintings, photographs, poems, and short stories. There is also no limit to how much content you can submit, so go crazy. If you have art, we want to see it!
Not only do we want your works, we want to know a little more about you. Who is the artist behind the art? It is completely optional, but if you want, you can choose to fill out a short questionnaire to go in your biography beside your artwork. The questionnaire will be left at the very bottom. If you want to submit any art or writing, you can do so in two ways. You can either physically drop off a copy of your work to Ms. Sweetwyne in room A202 or submit photos and documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to submit any photos digitally, please send them in the highest resolution you can. If you choose to submit photographs of your work, please try to take the photos in the best lighting you can. If you have any questions regarding submissions or anything else, feel free to contact the newspaper.
Question: What is your name?
Question: What grade are you in?
Question: Why do you like art?/Why are you an artist?
Question: What is your favorite media to work in?
Question: What is your favorite content to create?
Question: How long have you been practicing art?
Question: What do you want to accomplish as an artist?
Op-Ed: YouTuber Seeks Views by Capitalizing on Suicide
by Sage Addington '18
Have you ever seen a dead body on the internet? If you’ve stayed away from sketchy sites, you most likely haven’t, but dead bodies can be found on sites as simple as YouTube. Unfortunately, to kick off 2018, popular YouTube star Logan Paul broke YouTube’s community guidelines and filmed a corpse in the Japanese Aokigahara Forest. The forest is more commonly known as Suicide Forest. The video received 6 million views before the YouTuber took the video off his channel after receiving negative feedback on social media. Logan Paul has 15 million YouTube subscribers. Most of Paul’s audience is fairly young.
Logan Paul’s video was titled “We found a body in the Japanese Suicide Forest” and featured a thumbnail of Paul wearing a Toy Story alien hat and the dead corpse in the background. The video opens up with Logan Paul claiming the video to not be click bait and instead to be “the most real video” he’s ever posted on his channel. The star went on to say,
“I will say, before you watch, this is graphic. I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never, hopefully, happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said, buckle the f**k up, because you’re never going to see anything like this again.”
“Yo, are you alive?” when the body was clearly hanging from a tree. The crew had filmed so closely, you could see the blue coming out in the fingers of the victim.
Logan Paul remarked after filming the body,
“I’m so sorry about this, Logang, this was supposed to be a fun vlog.”
A fun vlog? What kind of person searched for a dead body for fun? There is no way Paul and his friends went into the Suicide Forest not expecting to stumble upon a dead body.
Most sane people criticized Logan Paul for uploading such inappropriate content and were outraged when Paul’s first apology did not seem genuine. Logan’s apology comes off arrogant as he makes comments like,
I didn't do it for views. I get views.
In the apology, Paul talks about himself a lot and inappropriately includes a hashtag and emoji at the bottom. This was Logan’s first apology:
Logan later uploaded a video to his channel titled “So Sorry.” and did a slightly better job at apologizing. In the 1:44 video Paul said,
“I should never have posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through. There were a lot of things I should have done differently, but I didn’t. And for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I want to apologize to the internet. I want to apologize to everyone who has seen the video. I want to apologize to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness, or depression, or suicide, but most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family. For my fans who are defending my actions: please don’t. They do not deserve to be defended.”
Here is YouTuber ImAllexx reacting to fans defending Logan Paul (Warning, three incidents of profanity):
YouTube took nearly a week to react to Logan Paul’s inappropriate behavior. Before the internet star had taken his video off the streaming platform, Paul’s video had made it into YouTube’s top ten trending. For not responding YouTube received backlash and has since removed Paul’s channel from Google Preferred and have placed his original projects on hold. Here is the statement YouTube released:
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on.
Last Year's Poll Results!
Last year in December we asked Ambush! Readers if they believe they may have stumbled upon fake Native American jewelry and 50% yes while the other 50% said possibly.