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Viewer comments

"When I heard your story, I was floored. I had to find some way to reach out to you, perhaps in some way apologizing to you on behalf of all men. I am humbled and overcome with outrage at the abuse you suffered, and concerned for the pain you still endure."

"As an artist, as a woman, you are showing women how to have feelings again. Complicated feelings. You make it look good."     

"Thank you for showing us the depravity of your fathers kind, so that we can be outraged and call it abnormal, too."  

"Your father not only deprived you of a childhood, but himself from truly enjoying his own child. I hope your documentary efforts are yielding fruits of healing and I know many of my friends are following this story. Make the best of your life and through your leadership, inspire others to do the same."

“The astounding visual sense you bring to such jarring material is rare – It’s like you are furiously painting.”

“Stark and direct and scary and honest ... and beautifully made.”

“You're courageous and cool, and inspiring. I hope to see this film everywhere.”

“You are a remarkable woman to be able to use your anger in such a creative venue and your life ahead holds so much promise.”

“The Marina Experiment should be seen by everyone who has survived abuse and everyone who is planning on having children.”

“Thank you for making this film, I had no idea anyone else had experienced anything at all like I had.”

“Vulnerable, uncomfortably raw and captivating.”

"Finding people like you, and finding ways to put words on a very confusing experience helps me in ways I didn't know were possible.”

“I think you have so much courage to do this and I'm sure it’s going to help a lot of people.”

"You RULE, and are an inspiration!"




Posted on July 4, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

Best book title ever. I never even needed to crack the binding. That title is the best advice I ever got.

I have been thinking a lot about something, but have been afraid to write about it. In public anyway. Here it is. Read more


Posted on July 4, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

I don’t know what that’s like.

to feel safe.

to be embraced with no genital intentions

just to feel cared for

to feel safe.

I don’t know what that’s like.


Posted on July 3, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

Today I considered that maybe my relationship with my archive

is akin to my relationship with men.

I choose to be intimate with things that hurt me over and over.


Posted on July 2, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

I hate it when I hear it. If I want your advice I’ll ask for it. Don’t tell me what to do.

You should take another pill. You should eat less carbs. You should ask for more money. You should tell her how you feel. You should keep it to yourself. You should buy yourself a treat. You should return it. You should get rid of him. You should stay where you are. You should take a chance. You should ignore it.

YOU should.


Posted on July 1, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment



If it is not within your power or honest desire to guarantee that a particular thing will happen, please don’t bestow me with your “good intentions.” I am gullible and hopeful and so easily disappointed.


Posted on July 1, 2010 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

The NY Times published an article about the Larry Rivers archive, which was purchased by NYU for an undisclosed price. The  archive includes films and videos of Rivers’ two adolescent daughters, naked or topless, being interviewed by him about their developing breasts. Although my father was not a famous artist, he documented himself watching me in inappropriate ways, just like Larry. Was this a trend in 1970’s Manhattan? Read more


Posted on July 2, 2009 - Filed Under The Marina Experiment

I remember asking for a doll named Tiny Tiny Tears. I liked her because she cried “real tears,” the ad said. Santa told me that if I was very very good, and obeyed my father and my mother, I would get Tiny Tiny Tears next week. I never got Tiny Tiny Tears. Read more

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