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Stephen, Q&A at Connecticut Film Festival A life-long New Yorker, Stephen recently moved to Woodstock, NY to work full time on producing and directing his documentary film, SUNSHINE REBELS; Gotham's Lost Tribe.

Prior to moving to Woodstock, Stephen served as Artistic Director of The Palace Theatre in Danbury, Connecticut, Prior to The Palace, Stephen co-founded the Center for New Media and the Arts, a gallery and performance loft in Bethel, CT. As the visionary and driving force behind the Center, Stephen served as its creative and managing director.

Stephen earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Columbia University. As a graduate of the Writing Program, he was fortunate to have studied with Terry Southern, legendary co-writer of the Oscar-nominated film, Easy Rider.

Stephen's short film, FALL TO THE SON, won the Litchfield Hills Film Festival, was a top-ten finalist in the online Tribeca Short Film Competition, and was an official selection at the Connecticut Film Festival.

Stephen has worked on independent feature films, documentaries and short films. He has over ten years experience directing and producing, and is a Final Cut Studio editor.

Whether on stage or on set, Stephen's is passionate about his work, and about empowering other artists.

Philosophy . . . Respect the work, leave ego at home.

One of Stephen's favorite writings is an inspirational letter that Martha Graham wrote to Agnes B. DeMille:

THERE IS A VITALITY,
A LIFE FORCE, THAT IS TRANSLATED
THROUGH YOU INTO ACTION.
AND BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE OF YOU
IN ALL TIME, THIS EXPRESSION IS UNIQUE.
AND IF YOU BLOCK IT,
IT WILL NEVER EXSIST THROUGH ANY OTHER MEDIUM
AND WILL BE LOST.
THE WORLD WILL NOT HAVE IT.
IT IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS TO DETERMINE HOW GOOD IT IS;
NOR HOW VALUABLE IT IS;
NOR HOW IT COMPARES WITH OTHER EXPRESSIONS.
IT IS YOUR BUSINESS TO KEEP IT YOURS,
CLEARLY AND DIRECTLY,
TO KEEP THE CHANNEL OPEN.
YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
OR YOUR WORK.
YOU HAVE TO KEEP OPEN AND AWARE DIRECTLY TO THE URGES
THAT MOTIVATE YOU. KEEP THE CHANNEL OPEN.
NO ARTIST IS PLEASED.
THERE IS NO SATISFACTION WHATEVER AT ANY TIME.
THERE IS ONLY A QUEER, DIVINE
DISSATISFACTION,
A BLESSED UNREST THAT KEEPS US MARCHING
AND MAKES US MORE ALIVE
THAN THE OTHERS.

Martha Graham to Agnes B. DeMille

 

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