The Girl that Could have Changed the World

The Work of Zina Nicole Lahr from Stormy Pyeatte on Vimeo.

Creative Compulsive Disorder.  This is the ailement that Zina Lahr said she suffered from.

Recently I stumbled upon a video of a girl that is an artist, an innovator, a thinker, a rebel, a puppeteer, eccentric, a goggle wearing genius.  Her name is Zina Lahr. Zina is from a small mountain town in Ouray Colorado.  She dreamed of building robots and becoming a renowned animator/creator and inventor.  She is gifted.

Following Her Dreams 

She moved to Los Angeles where her dreams of becoming an animator and creator were coming true.  She worked on films where she created robots. One in particular a giant robotic Spider that was used in a film. Not bad for a small town girl who dreamed of doing this her entire life.  Her mountain home was calling her, so she returned to take care of her ailing grandmother.


On November 21, 2013  at 23 years old, Zina fell to her death while hiking alone near her home town. Her body was found after her family reported her missing.  In an instant the genius unique girl who suffered from CCD was gone.

In August of 2013, just before Zina’s death, her friend and filmmaker, Stormy Pyeatte agreed to help Zina put together a short film that would be used as part of her portfolio.  Using footage from the original portfolio film, Stormy put together this short.  This video went viral and this is when Zina was introduced to the world. I have watched this video about 10 times.

Steampunk Genius

Who was this girl who dressed in steampunk clothes and wore an array of aviator goggles?  She seemed child-like with a curiosity about everything.   She seemed to be a creative genius that knew no boundaries when it came to art.  The world was her canvas and she wasn’t afraid to paint it.

I googled her name and found her blog This confirmed my theory that she was a very deep and thoughtful individual that would have been something this world needed. Then I found her youtube channel and she had been doing animated shorts and mini movies for the past 6 years. Her art is out of this world, her mind and creativity was astounding and no one knew she existed until her death.

Zina, I’m sure you made a mark on everyone you have ever met.  I know you left a mark on me and we have never met.

RIP my CCD sister.


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