In Which Steff is Still Kicking

Welp, I am still alive.

I’ve been meaning to update this blog for a while, but fortunately was kept busy with work! In addition to reprising my role this past fall as DOC NYC‘s Videography Coordinator, I started work at VICE last February. I have been working as an Assistant Editor for VICELAND’s NOISEY.

Also, the Leather Corduroy’s music video that I edited was published on NOISEY’s digital channel:



It’s been a great year.

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In Which Steff Returns to Reality

After taking a few weeks off to travel abroad, I am finally back trying to process my amazing adventure. Honestly, it’s hard to readjust after doing nothing but galavanting around mountains and deserts, all the while connecting with some of the most amazing people I’ve had the privilege to meet.

Just riding some camels through the desert, NBD.

In two weeks, I literally took over 2,500 photographs–so hopefully I will have something to share with this oft-ignored blog soon.


Nearly finished with a new music video for Friend Roulette, from their new album I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head. Currently operating on the penultimate cut (I hope).

Also, the episode of FUTURESTATES that I worked on last autumn is finally available online! I loved the script immediately (I mean, scifi and claustrophobic space exploration!) and seeing it with all of the SFX is amazing. So wonderful.

In Which Steff Streamlines It

Life has been excellent and crazy.


I’ve recently been combing through my pre-2005 internet presence. I was reminiscing about junior high era writings with a friend–which lead to a hilarious, nostalgic clean up mission. I’m talking about old websites (my baby-attempts at HTML at age 12), blogs, early webcomics and “writing” (read: fanfiction) . Yikes.

However, there were some gems, like the first gif I ever created (way back in 2001!):

 Fred Astaire!

Delightful!

Also:

In Which Steff Prepares for a Brief Respite

It’s been a whirlwind week, again. After the hurricane, NYC was immediately hit by a [beautiful] snowstorm. I feel as though time is speeding up and that just yesterday the sun was blazing with the full heat of summer. I love when it snows in Brooklyn; really, I feel like I live on Sesame Street.

Even though we skipped autumn and went straight to winter, this snow made me so happy.

I’ve spent a lot of time this week working for DOCNYC (New York’s Documentary Film Festival)as a freelance videographer.

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I went to screenings for some amazing films:

  • ENZO AVITABILE MUSIC LIFE: A profile of world music superstar Enzo Avitabile. This film caught me off-guard. Its charm crept up on me and won me over. Moreover, I was fascinated by the world-famous musicians (and their unusual instruments) that Enzo collaborates with throughout.
  • Shepard & Dark: A look into the 40-year correspondence and friendship of playwright Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark. I loved this picture. I think that it was really interesting to get such insight into the very intimate entangled lives of these two friends. In addition to the letters, director Treva Wurmfeld was given access to Dark’s intricate archive of photographs and home-movies. Overall, while this film is bittersweet, it is definitely my favorite of the ones that I watched.
  • New York Doll: Thirty years after the legendary rock group the New York Dolls split, bass player Arthur “Killer” Kane struggles with his post-fame life and prepares for an epic reunion gig.

Here is one of the videos that I created for the festival, it’s the panel for ‘New York Doll’:

In Which Steff Can Finally Open the Windows

OH GOODNESS, guess who bought her ticket to see WALTER MURCH at the IFC Center?! I am ridiculously excited.


Also, I found the following video, “The Fugitive Futurist (1924)” after falling down the YouTube rabbit hole. (I was spiraling down a wave of old videos that were retro-predictions of life in the future). I have to say, this one is amazing and at points accurate, although it is intended as a fictional film. The special effects are fairly epic, and I would certainly watch this if it were feature length:


Maybe I should re-make this film? ♥


Also, I finally finished Matt’s website.

In Which Steff is Ready (and Love is a Dire Wolf)

Well, I just returned from Philadelphia. The trip was fun, even though the crew did not get to shoot as much for the documentary as we had hoped. However, it was very much worth it to spend time with Christina and Jim.

Jim's fancy new facial hair!

So happy to be back.

When I got home from my trip, there was a passage laying at my door. My great-aunt sent me a copy of Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past”:

♥ Love the lovely package ♥

She ordered me the 1934 edition, the same she had when she first read the book at college. Along with the books was a lovely note. She says:

…this is the most sublime book written since Shakespere [sic]. Every page, no, every sentence is filled with nuanced observations and evaluations. Every page has witty comments as well as endearing subjective explorations enriching his and your life. read only a bit at a time so you can digest the passages but don’t let it go as you may lose those remembrances. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SWANN IS IN LOVE. HOW OFTEN WE ALL MAKE THE EXACT SAME MISTAKES.

I cannot wait to start reading!

In Which Steff Turns a Quarter of a Century

What an eventful weekend!

I celebrated my 25th birthday this past week. It was lovely, relaxing, etc.

More excitingly, I attended the US premiere of Dear Mandela, the film that I interned on last year, at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

It was really wonderful to finally see it properly projected!


Also, there may be an element of binging on 90s teen soap operas this weekend.(Can we just talk about James Van Der Beek pouting to Ben Folds and Savage Garden? Amazing.)

In Which Steff Dances the Lobster-Quadrille.

Two entries in one week! An improvement!

And what a week it’s been! In the wake of graduation, I have had some time to unwind–relaxing, reading, etc. (Sidenote: Tony Horowitz’s Blue Latitudes is just as wonderful, charming and informative as his book A Voyage Long and Strange! Cannot recommend either enough!)

When my parents came to visit last week they brought me an adorable herb planter. I’m surprised by how quickly they’ve started to sprout and I am positive I’m going to have the tastiest pasta sauces this summer.

Windowsill colony


Finally, I’ve started working on Searching for Sammy in earnest, again. Exciting!