Stephanie Hoechst

Stephanie Hoechst is the Executive Arts Editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore majoring in English and Film & Media Studies. She can be reached at

‘Boy Erased’ explores faith, sexuality with nuanced poignancy

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. At first, the core of “Boy Erased” appears to be a call to action. A statistic citing that gay conversion therapy is still legal in 36 states appears onscreen before the end credits. While this fact is absolutely relevant to the film, it would suggest that “Boy Erased,” directed […]

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels to showcase innovative retelling of Greek myth in ‘Eurydice’

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels (3Ps), Tufts’ student theatre organization, will perform its fall show, “Eurydice,” this weekend in Balch Arena Theater. The production, co-directed by senior Chopper Carter-Schelp and sophomore Rosa Stern Pait and stage managed by sophomore Laura Wolfe, moves the myth of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, out of its original ancient Greek setting and […]

‘First Man’ tackles Neil Armstrong beyond the legend

Hollywood has produced many ambitious movies about the perils of space travel over the past five years, including “Gravity” (2013), “Interstellar” (2014) and “The Martian” (2015). How, then, can a movie about Neil Armstrong ever hope to stand out at a filmic moment already so fixated on aggrandizing and dramatizing space travel? The answer: Don’t […]

Art history professor Christina Maranci to speak on Armenian art, new book

Christina Maranci will give a lecture on her recently published book, “The Art of Armenia: An Introduction,” on Oct. 4, in which she will discuss the meaning and content of her book, as well as her own academic and creative processes. Maranci serves as chair of Tufts’ Art History department, as well as the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian […]

Expanded cinema installation to break down traditional film

The Tisch Library roof will be lit up with film projection tomorrow from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Natalie Minik, a technical specialist and part-time lecturer in the Film and Media Studies department, has organized an experimental film event, entitled “Mixed-Use: A Night of Expanded Cinema with the AgX Film Collective,” to showcase the potential for film as an […]

‘Queer Art of Scale:’ Aymar Jean Christian on web television, intersectionality

Tufts’ Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of Drama and Dance and the Boston Cinema/Media Seminar will host a lecture by Aymar Jean Christian called “The Queer Art of Scale: Producing Indie Pilots for Web TV” this evening. Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University, as well as the founder […]

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is a sweet but unremarkable high school love story

We all know the classic high school rom-com formula: Unpopular Girl likes Popular Boy. Unexpected circumstances bring them together. Unpopular girl comes out of her shell. Romance ensues, miscommunication abounds but, in the end, everything works out for the best.   It is a cute, relatively uncomplicated premise, and the Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved […]

‘Eighth Grade’ depicts adolescence unfiltered

I challenge you not to squirm in your seat with familiarity as you watch Kayla, the lovable, socially awkward protagonist of “Eighth Grade” (2018), stumble through her tumultuous final week of middle school. Though it’s been out since July, I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen stand-up comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut to do so, if […]

Despite pretty good intentions, ‘I Feel Pretty’ pretty much fails

Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” (2018) poses an interesting question: What would happen if women simply decided to find themselves beautiful? What kind of confidence would they be able to awaken with such an attitude? Unfortunately, “I Feel Pretty’s” premise and intentions are its only strong characteristics. The film follows physically insecure Renee Bennett (Schumer), who […]

Department of Drama and Dance to showcase senior capstones

For the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts, the end of the spring semester marks one of the busiest and most exciting times: the capstones and thesis week, during which seniors majoring or minoring in drama or dance will have the opportunity to showcase their projects. “Capstone and thesis week is a huge week for […]