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Daily Helping for August 7th, 2021 – Growing Fangs

A photo still from the short film Growing Fangs of lead actor Keyla Monterroso Mejia. It is a close up photo of her sitting at a table in a denim jacket, smiling broadly.

Somehow, and I honestly don’t know how, I have made it to 300 daily helpings of art. That’s right. 300! 300 extraordinary works of art across over a dozen different mediums and 50 different countries. It’s been quite the ride since last October, let me tell you. But it’s also been incredible. Which is why I love that my 300th daily helping is the short film Growing Fangs.

The Disney Launchpad series is back, and Growing Fangs is easily my favourite entry so far. It tells the story of Val, a Mexican-American teenage girl, who also happens to be half human and half vampire. She’s trying to keep her human side hidden from her monster classmates, and her vampire side hidden from her human best friend. All while trying to navigate the perils of high school and her crush on a classmate. This movie is hilarious and smart, and it packs more world-building into its 18 minute runtime than most feature length films. In fact, if I had the money, I’d give writer/director Ann Marie Pace millions to make a feature length film out of this story right now, because I just want more.

But Growing Fangs is also the perfect representation of everything I love about The Daily Hart. By forcing myself to look outside the normal mainstream narratives, I have discovered more creativity and innovation than I ever dared to hope exists. But it does exist, and I love it more than words can ever say.

300 daily helpings. Only 65 left. I can’t wait to see what extraordinary feats of creativity they will entail.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!