In 2015, I created a set for Witchworks Films’ short film, Strange Harvest. The film is “a minimalist foray deep into existential horror, with two actors and a single location.” Strange Harvest played at 17 film festivals in 2017, winning several awards and nominations. Visit Director Stee McMorris’ Patreon for more info on her projects.
A series of four collaborative animations by Iridium Productions, Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration Project, and Setravision. The series premiered at the 13th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival. Previously, the animations were shown as part of the Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration Project installation at the Mobius ArtRages Benefit, and the 2010 Reelfest, at The Somerville Theatre.
This is a re-creation of an animation originally created by the homeless visionary known as “S.N.A.F.U”. Though S.N.A.F.U’s original films are missing, presumed destroyed, the articulated model of the Symbiote and many of the other oddities seen in the film, are the original relics assembled by S.N.A.F.U. In the years since S.N.A.F.U’s death, The Empire S.N.A.F.U Restoration Project has labored in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations to bring S.N.A.F.U.’s legacy to the public.
These Symbiote animations were staged, shot, and edited at the Iridium Productions studio. Several objects and the projected artworks were employed from Juliet Schneider’s collection.
Setravision was formed in 1999 by multimedia artist, designer and instructor Garabed Setrakian. In addition to his integral role as animator, technical consultant & post-production wizard, Garabed created the Symbiote title sigil.
Music on Parts 3 & 4 is by Birdorgan.
Second Unit Video is by Ronny Preciado.
title graphics Featuring the track “Unentranscended“, by Turkish Queen. Based on the poem: All The Bulbous Accidents, by Sarah Pearlstein, 2004 Ingrid cuts onions like they’re from Saturn. They turn into miniature rings, the core bitter Broit mit pitter*, no, she eats onion bits She likes the tang, like alien blood, She broods about her yellowed fingers, She is the flower of a pest of a sun; It persists in shining into The basement revealing sleep, A dreamer’s nest. Sleep is not dark, it is nothing like the wounded moon Either, it is Technicolor wonders about Travel and Blue glass natural vases, Held with green rope, swaying slowly On the White terra cotta node of an Obtrusive wall, So delicate next to it, African violets growing slowly Within the cobalt bowl, Or it is the nutrient sprinkled white earth in that same bowl making The flower grow, And smells like all It will grow, Terrifying poor Ingrid With all its’ useful ways. She fears being planted, Due to the bulbous accidents Which are grown So many layers down. *Bread with butter.
performance video, 2010
Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord, MA
Walden was first conceived in 2002 and costumed in 2003. It was shot at Walden Pond mostly during the summers of 2004 and 2005. It is a transcendentalist illustration of the spirit and ecology of Walden Pond.
Here are a few of the original storyboards:
Here’s a photo of Dorian wearing the newly made costume in 2003:
political fashion performances
July 15, 29, 2004
Designer: David Rosen – Reason8
Public Garden, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
Models/Living Statues: Melissa Colin, Dorian Rose, Kara Trott, Ximon, Gwen
Body Paint Artists: David Rosen, Gwen, Juliet Schneider
Photographers: Addam Bomb, Juliet Schneider
From July 15th
From July 29th
live performance film screenings
March 20, April 17, May 7, 2002
Directed by Michael Pope, Neovoxer is a silent film which is often screened with a live experimental orchestra. Painted models holding extended, slowly shifting poses are often included as a performance component. I wasn’t involved in making the movie, but I helped out with some flyer graphics, and coordinated/painted models for a few of the screenings. The screening programs shown below list many of the people involved in making the movie and performance screenings.
March 20th, 2002 program
April 17th, 2002 program
May 7th, 2002 program
Living Statues from the screenings
The Shadowbox Collective
April 4, 2002
This performance was one in a series of experimental interactive theater pieces staged at various restaurants and clubs around Boston by various groupings of artists performing as The Shadowbox Collective, under the lead of Amanda Palmer. For this performance, the film Metropolis was screened as a backdrop to our loosely scripted characters interacting with random bar/restaurant patrons. My character was a Prohibition era, southern California lady, who was interested in becoming an actress, and also in recruiting Prohibtion card signers (whilst secretly sipping from a flask.)
A collage of notes, photos and props from my character performance.
A sketchbook page with character development notes.
February 6, 10, 13, 2002
directed by: Amanda Palmer
written by: the ensemble
Zachary Katz……….Isaac Kaufmann
Marisa Cravens……….Magda Weiss
Claire Elizabeth Davies……….Eva Weiss
Matthew Wood……….Will Weiss
Tech Director/Lighting Designer: Nicholas Vargelis
Stage Manager: Terra Friedrichs
Live Sound Tech: Brian Knoth
Props Mistress: Cristina Chapman
Tech Assistant: Cory Woolman
Props/Costume Assistant: Juliet Schneider
Set Design: Claire Elizabeth Davies
Projection Operator: Andrew Anselmo
Hotel Blanc Staff:
Lisa Gordon, Amanda Schafer, Erika Hutchinson, Julie Geanakakis, Juliet Schneider, Dorian Rose, Andrew Anselmo, Brian Viglione, Aria Boutet, Cory Woolman, Meaghan Hough, Sady Sullivan
Hotel Blanc Benefit
November 9, 2001
directed by: Amanda Palmer
“Thirty-plus actors, writers, musicians, film-makers, artists and origami-folders donated their time, creativity and energy to create a beautiful and bizarre night of live theater, in which the lines between real and unreal were sometimes blurred to the point of complete confusion.” -quoted from Hotel Blanc program notes.
The sketchbook page above shows my notes for my Hotel character, plus one of the dozens of flowers I drew and cut out as part of the performance. The clue card is from a scavenger hunt.