Time for the annual best-of list. So here are the highlights for our 2016 Year in Pin Up.
Week. By. Week.
Week 1: January 1-7
The week we started our Instagram casting call for features in our interactive documentary.
Week 2: January 8-14
File this one under film festivals. Albuquerque Film Festival and Comic Con. Good times.
Week 3: January 15-22
Week 4: January 22-27
Our kind of Super Bowl.
Week 5: January 28-February 3
Week 6: February 4-10
A feature about the film in the University of Oregon Alumni Magazine. Love it!
Week 7: February 11-17
Did you see us at the Dirty Show?
Week 8: February 18-24
Pin up knows no age boundaries. Via Sabine Reichel and Beate Pilgreen
Week 9: February 25-March 3
That time we had four winners in our Instagram #iwannabeastar contest. Yes, it was that close.
Week 10: March 4-10
That week we went viral.
Week 11: March 11-17
The last of our Kickstarter premiums went out to their homes. The house seemed so much emptier.
Week 12: March 18-24
That dance. From the classic Metropolis.
Week 13: March 25-31
Ethnografilm in Paris. Ooh la la.
Week 14: April 1-7
The week Scarlette Saint Clair SMASHED our previous Instagram voting records.
Week 15: April 8-14
Palm Beach International Film Festival with Art of the Pin Up Girl.
Week 16: April 15-21
Viva Las Vegas. Oh, and we met Elvis too.
Week 17 April 22-28
That week we went viral. Again.
Week 18: April 29-May 5
RIP Prince. This GIF helped us remember everything we loved about you.
Week 19: May 6-12
Scarlette only held her crown for a few weeks when Fifi Von Tassel stole it away. Most Instragram votes in a week for our #IWannaBeAStar contest. At least to date…
Week 20: May 13-19
That time we shot a music video and this happened.
Week 21: May 20-26
This photo. #ALeagueofTheirOwn #RubyRydell
Week 22: May 27-June 2
That week we started crowdfunding on Marilyn’s birthday.
Week 23: June 3-9
“Girls Like Us” teaser, part one. Full music video coming soon. We swear.
Week 24: June 10-16
Bad ass women on motorcycles. Via Dangerous Minds.
Week 25: June 17-23
More shenanigans. Yes, yes, we know…
Week 26: June 24- 30
The week we introduced one of our i-doc stars, The Millie Michelle.
Week 27: July 1-7
We had NO IDEA we were screening in India as part of Ethnografilm… until we saw this news story.
Week 28: July 8-14
The week we got listed at a highlight at Comic Con by the Huffington Post.
Week 29: July 15-21
The treasure trove of photos of New York in the 1950s… found in an attic. By Frank Larson, courtesy Creative Boom
Week 30: July 22-28
COMIC CON!!!! Post-screening panel with photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and models Bang Bang Von Loola, Sydney Ralston, and Ashleeta in front of director Kathleen Ryan.
Week 31: July 29-August 4
The #iwannabeastar contestant who BLEW UP Facebook. Maybe we should make room for her in the film?
Week 32: August 5-11
Alberto Vargas calendar girl, c. 1948.
Week 33: August 12-18
Week 34: August 19-25
The week we got some British sexiness at Sexhibition.
Week 35: August 26-September 1
The modern child as a Dutch Masters painting. Via Imagur.
Oh, and the whole burkini-ban/indecency thing. Via PBS.
Week 36: September 2-8
The week we screened at Woodstock.
Week 37: September 9-15
Rosie at 95. Via People Magazine.
Week 38: September 16-22
The week Ruby’s Musings video blogged for us up and down the California Coast.
Week 39: September 23-29
We shared a number of photos from the 1940s World Fair via the New York Public Library this year, wrapping up with this one of the Prettiest Leg Contest.
Week 40: September 30-October 6
Sami Lee Schaefer, who turned into a good friend and a great interview. Our September #iwannabeastar winner.
Week 41: October 7-13
Halloween. Horror movie GIF style.
Week 42: October 14-20
Halloween. K Von Spun Style
Week 43: October 21-27
Halloween. Vintage style.
Week 44: October 28-November 3
Halloween. Catwoman style.
Week 45: November 4-10
When pin ups came together in the wake of the US election to fight racism, sexism and biogtry. Don’t let the 1960s-era photo fool you.. these gals are standing for their rights, and are looking good doing it.
Week 46: November 11-17
Words to live by. Via Undocumedia.
Week 47: November 18-24
Bill Randall, November 1959 calendar. Go, Team!
Week 48: November 25-December 1
RIP Mrs. Brady. You know Florence Henderson was a ’50s pin up before she became “a lovely lady,” right?
Week 49: December 2-8
The weekend our Seed&Spark backer Christian D. Orr and his date Nicol went to the 1940s Ball. Thanks to Sheila Broderick Photography and Cha Cha Romero for making the night magical.
Week 50: December 9-13
Our #BestNine via Instagram.
Week 51: December 14-20
A Christmas Twist. Thanks, Si Cranstoun.
Week 52: December 21-31
On Tuesday December 27th actress Carrie Fisher died. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, posted this on Facebook:
Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother
Just over 24 hours later, Reynolds died after suffering a stroke. She was 84.
I’ll always remember her in one of my favorite films, Singing in the Rain. A even though this year had some brutal twists and turns, this clip from the movie gives me the strength to enter 2017 with optimism. Thank you, Carrie’s Mother, for sharing your gift with us.
We’ll see you in 2017.