Lights, Camera, Alabama

These are a sampling of short documentary films about Alabama history created by students at the University of Alabama under the guidance of Billy Field. For more go to

Last Stand
Escaping Silence & Darkness: Alabama Institute for the Deaf & Blind
La Batalla de Playa Girón: The Alabama Air National Guard’s Role in the Bay of Pigs Invasion
Pursuing Justice: The Bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church

“Snow Movie” by Cooper Sy

Cooper Sy (Sharyn Blumenthal) studied poetry with Rachel Blau Du Plessis and then slipped quietly out of the English Department into film. She received an MFA in Film/TV from Temple University. And subsequently attended and graduated from the American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. A partial list of award winning films include: The Poet’s Wife, Walking To Waldheim, starring Doris Roberts and John Randolph. Take Two premiered at The American Film Institute. Recently, Cooper directed the play Acts of Faith, based on Grace Paley’s short stories for Laterthanever Productions, San Diego. A documentary, The Phoenix Effect, received a grant from Leonard Nimoy and screened worldwide. Writer’s At Work, Los Angeles, selected her as Poet of the Month. Her poem “Summer Poetry” will appear in an Anthology published by Vagabondage Press in February 2012. A short story “I’ll Meet You At The Film Forum” was published spring 2011 in The Battered Suitcase. “Summer Poetry” a poem just published in Love Notes, an anthology published by Vagabondage Press. Cooper is completing a novel, and shooting a documentary Privileged Chicks in New York City.


Photographs by Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Speak to Another or Live in a Lonely World
Walking Through Skeleton Trees

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust, and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website, and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia, and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus-run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.

Illustrations by Stephen Smith

These illustrations are featured in our printed anthology, Steel Toe Review: Volume 1. Each of the pieces is inspired by a poem or short story in the anthology.

The Helter Skelter War
A Good Snow
At the Fish Tanks

Stephen Smith is a professional artist and illustrator whose work has been published by Penguin Books, HarperCollins, and numerous academic presses and magazines including mental_floss. He is currently an MA candidate in art history at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.