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About Lisa Gentile

Hey everyone! My name is Lisa, and I’m a post production intern at Kirschenbaum Productions. I am a senior at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, and I will be graduating in May! I am a Communication major with a concentration in digital arts and media studies, and I am also a business minor. During my junior year, I interned at WABC-TV at “LIVE! With Kelly,” and it was an amazing experience. I met so many interesting people, got to work with the producers of the show, learned how a live TV studio worked, and met some of my closest friends. But now I am excited to go in a slightly different direction and delve deeper into my interest in post production here at Kirschenbaum Productions! I was born and raised in Westchester County (just north of NYC), but I absolutely love the city and hope to live there soon after graduation.


I have quite a few interests and hobbies, but dancing is the most important to me. Although I am trained in several styles of dance, ballet has always been my main focus. I have been taking ballet since I was just three-years-old, and I have never stopped. It is definitely one of my passions.


Me (in yellow) as a bird girl, Seussical 2009

Another interest of mine is musical theatre. I was part of the drama club for all four years of high school. I was in 5 productions total, but my favorites were “Cats” (in which I played Victoria the white cat) and “Seussical” (in which I played a bird girl and also choreographed the production). I was also in chorus class and my high school’s a capella group. I have seen dozens of Broadway shows, but Les Miserables has by far been the best, and Next To Normal is a close second.



Music has been a very important aspect of my life because I come from a very musical family. My grandfather is a singer and plays the guitar. He used to be in a band way back when called The Godfathers, and they would play in Italian night clubs all around New York. My great grandfather on my grandma’s side was also an amazing musician, a singer and guitarist as well. I have unfortunately never played an instrument, but I’ve enjoyed singing ever since I could talk.

My cousin Frankie and my grandfather playing together

I have a very wide selection of music from Alternative to R&B to sometimes and in extreme moderation, country. And by extreme moderation, I mean probably like one or two maybe three country songs every few days. My favorite band would have to be the Beatles because let’s be real, they are the basis of almost every band of today. Some other artists I enjoy are Coldplay, Dispatch, Florence + the Machine, Billy Joel, Guster, Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, KiD CuDi, Lady GaGa, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit, and so many others. I could go on forever. I’ve been to only a few concerts, but my two favorites and most memorable were Dispatch and Coldplay.

I wish I had all the time in the world to watch every great TV show ever made, but sadly there’s not enough hours in the day. My current obsession is Homeland, and I am devastated (well not devastated; that’s a little dramatic) that I have to wait until September for season three. Some other shows I watch are How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Suits, True Blood, The Office, and many more. I’ve recently become a fan of Duck Dynasty. If you haven’t watched it, just give it a chance. It’s absolutely hilarious, and the editors of the show are brilliant.

Some random facts about me!

  • I have an obsession with Harry Potter. I’ll admit that I cried like a baby when some characters were killed off, and I was very sad when it ended. I’ve read the whole series multiple times.
  • I hate the winter. I think it’s because I’m a June baby, but I absolutely hate being cold.
  • My family is extremely Italian. AKA we’re loud, we all talk over each other, we eat a lot, we have a million stories that go on forever, we tell each other what to do, we have attitudes, but we’re all very close. My cousins are my best friends.
My cousins and I
  • I got a set of stuffed minions from the movie Despicable Me for Christmas this year. Even after I received a Kindle, money, clothes, and lots of other great stuff, my minions are my favorite gift that I got.
  • I think I may be addicted to chapstick.
  • I hate driving.
  • Peanut butter and ice cream are two things I absolutely would not be able to live without.
  • I met Mariah Carey at a Chinese restaurant in Westchester when I was about six-years-old. She told me I was adorable.
  • Ketchup grosses me out.
  • I think Boy Meets World is the greatest TV show of all time. I’ve learned many life lessons from that show.
  • I have an older sister named Lauren. She’s three years older than me, but people sometimes think I look older than her.
My sister Lauren and I
  • I am less than five feet tall. And I’m still taller than my mom.
  • I have terrible eye sight.
  • Spongebob Squarepants in my opinion is one of the funniest cartoons.
  • I’m a little obsessive-compulsive over my nails. They’re almost always painted.
  • My feet are ALWAYS cold no matter how many pairs of socks I wear. This is one of the reasons why I hate winter.
  • I love dogs, but my mom never let us have one. I plan on getting a puppy the second I have my own place.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I look forward to working with you all. Have a great day!


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Abusive Parents or Disciplining a Troubled Child?

Well I must say, this headline certainly caught my attention. In Flagler County, Florida parents publicly humiliated their daughter for her unacceptable behavior. On a busy intersection the teenager, Jasmine, had to hold up a sign reading

Jasmine I sneak boys in at 3am and disrespect my parents and grandparents

This tactic has many divided, with some feeling the parents have gone overboard and this could cause more emotional harm to Jasmine. While others believe this is exactly what this disobedient child needs to stop her bad behavior. It’s a thin line between abuse and tough love. Personally, I agree with this tactic. If I had to put money on it, I would say Jasmine will no longer be bringing in boys at all hours of the night. Her mother listed a few other behaviors (partying, drinking, disrespectful language), and I’m sure the threat of having to be publicly humiliated will make her think twice before she chooses to engage in those activities.

The nay-sayers believe that there are other ways to get Jasmine to stop her bad behavior, and this could cause emotional damage. I’m not disagreeing. Yes, there is chance Jasmine might be scarred for life, hate her parents, and bring over more boys to defy her parents, but I don’t think so. The fear of being humiliated again, I believe, will gear her to make the “right” decisions.

I want to hear from you. Would you use this tactic to discipline your child after all else has failed? Are these parents going overboard and actually abusing their daughter? Is this right? And, if you were Jasmine would this type of punishment deter you from your unacceptable behavior?

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Giving the Abuser What he Wants….?

I honestly don’t know how to feel about this highly controversial and exponentially growing issue. Teens and Tweens being bullied to the point of plastic surgery. In other words “Hey everybody! Look it’s Pinocchio!” has resulted in “Hey Mom and Dad, I NEED a nose job”, and then actually getting one. Is this the message our society deems fit to tell young people who are bullied because of how they look? Or are we saying that emotional harm is just as damaging as physical harm and extreme measures must be taken sometimes (in this case plastic surgery) to fix it.

Nadia Iise is a 14-year-old high school student who had an otoplasty (ear job), a genioplasty (chin implant), and a rhinoplasty (nose job). This was all done to stop the bullying she had been experiencing since first-grade. Her mother was completely supportive and even found an organization that would do it for free, Little Baby Face Foundation.

A few months back I came across this story and instantly thought Nadia was throwing up her white flag and giving into the wishes of her abusers. She was picked on about her ears from a very young age, and kept her torment to herself. Nadia would cry herself to sleep, make up reasons to avoid going to school, and lacked confidence. She even contemplated suicide. So after many years of asking and begging for an otoplasty, her mother finally granted her wishes, and gave Nadia what she wanted.

I’m torn. Did she really give up the fight and say “Alright, alright. I look different, all you bullies are right, I’m giving you what you want, a ‘”normal” pair of ears.” Or is she saying “This emotional abuse is too much to take, it’s effecting my life. What are my options, no matter how drastic?” Yes she could have went for counseling and strengthen her self esteem, but is nipping the problem in the bud (no pun intended) more effective? Now she doesn’t have to worry about her ears (and nose and chin, which was suggested by the surgeon) ever again. Nadia no longer needs to look in the mirror and feel bad about how she look. She can proceed with confidence.

What does this say to young people, in particular, about image versus being a good person? I feel like our society places an unrealistic idea of how people should look and behave. Your weird because your hair line is took close to your eyebrows, your ugly because your nostrils are took big. I have always been an advocate of accepting and loving who you are. But I must be honest, I am starting to believe that feature alteration can be a valid form of treatment for a person suffering from extreme (on the edge giving up on life) emotional abuse. That being said, the person being abused must want the change, not to please the bullies, but because SHE wants to, because SHE would feel like a better person, because SHE thinks her ears are too big. Not because other people say so. I believe that in a way, it is no different from someone who’s deviated septum is taking a toll on their health and needs to be corrected.

Yes, I have pulled a Mitt Romney; I have not given a solid stance on a issue. I simply am torn by this topic. Let’s hear what you have to say about. Am I a Mean Girl, or am I part of the ‘love yourself’ group?

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Hi all, Rashidah here!

Hi all! My name is Rashidah Sherman and I’m a post-production intern at Kirschenbaum Productions.  I’m a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, with a BS in Marketing. This past summer I interned at Women Make Movies in the marketing department. My true passion, however, is filmmaking and photography. Ultimately, my dream is to be a cinematographer, for I have always wanted to show people how I see the world through a camera.   I am very excited to be at this stage in my life, and am very proud to be a member of the Kirschenbaum Production team.

A few things about me:

  • The cartoon Tom & Jerry cracks me up.
  • Without a doubt the animal I would be is a cat.
  • If I were thrown into the Hunger Games I would totally win.
  • Top five favorite movies: American Beauty, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Training Day, and Bully.
  • There is nothing better than watching a good, exciting fight scene.
  • I’ve been a vegetarian since birth.
  • Politics is my source of drama.
  • I am, and always will be a Belieber (a Justin Bieber Believer). 
  • I’m a lover of all sports and am highly competitive. I’ve played semi-pro soccer for three years now and have received numerous rewards including 2009 Rookie of the Year. I also played Division 1 soccer for four years at my alma mater.
  • Being out doors and around nature allows everything to make sense.
  • The best book I ever read was ‘Killing Pablo’ by Mark Bowden, about the notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, from Columbia.
  • Rally car racing is just awesome.
  • Do not disturb while I watch True Blood, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Boardwalk Empire.
  • My goal in life is to show people how I see the world, through a camera.
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It’s Victor Vazquez!

Eating gelato in Florence, Italy.

Hello all! My name is Victor Vazquez. My name was almost Odilo, like my father, but my mother decided on Victor. I am a post production intern at Kirschenbaum Productions. I graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a degree in Humanities and Science. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester. Some of my favorite foods of Italy were the pizza and the gelato; however, my favorite Italian dessert is Panna Cotta. I also loved the art and architecture.

I have an older sister. I also have a dog named Nico who is a mixed Black Lab about the size of a Beagle with a curly tail. My favorite color is blue. Throughout my youth I have visited family in Spain, in a region called Galicia, which is right above Portugal. I would go every summer and stay at my grandparents’ house. One summer when I was probably 5 years old, I was attracted to a bee, and of course I wanted to catch it, or at least smash it with my hands. Finally, I got a hold of it, and that was probably the first time I learned that bees had stingers and that they hurt. My grandma would always say that there were wolves in the woods at night; that kept me out of the woods at night.

When I saw the movie, City of God, I fell in love with Brazilian Portuguese, and I started to learn the language. It wasn’t too difficult to pick it up because I can read, write, and understand Spanish fluently, but the vocabulary is still very different. Of course, when I was in Italy I learned some Italian.

In the past, I took piano and guitar lessons. I also created some pieces using computer software. My favorite song right now is “Painted Sun in Abstract” written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which appears in The Social Network movie score. The song initiates in the movie during the scene when a colleague of Mark Zuckerberg approaches Mark and asks him about a girl who is in one of his classes to see if she’s in a relationship and whether or not she’s looking for one. At this moment, Mark realizes one of the final touches for his Facebook creation. The song commemorates that realization.

My favorite movie would have to be The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio playing aviator, filmmaker, and business magnate, Howard Hughes. Some of my other favorite movies include The Social Network, The Descendants, Raging Bull, Saving Private Ryan, Sideways, The King’s Speech, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump, The Artist, Milk, Starsky and Hutch, and Midnight in Paris. I own the first 5 seasons of the TV series Scrubs on DVD, so I used to watch that a lot. I aspire to work as a film/video editor.
Have a great day,                                                                                                                                                             Victor

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