In Which Steff Re-Activates her Online Presence

Well, hello again. I’ve been ignoring the Internet for far too long.

First of all, Happy Halloween!

Halloween 1988, I am a duck.

Here’s a quick rundown of my life in the past few months:

  • I’ve moved house (which was the main reason for radio silence, as I didn’t have a wireless internet adapter for way too long)
  • Doing a lots of freelance design work
  • Had the wonderful opportunity to work as DIT/Assistant Editor on a science fiction short in early September.
  • Started writing a YA novel  (it’s in the early stages) with my creative partner, Tara.
  • Weathered Hurricane Sandy, which has given me the time off to sit and actually blog. (Luckily, my neighborhood kept power/water and had no real damage.)

From my experience on-set in September.

Time for me to escape from this stint of cabin fever and go out for a walk! Until later!

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 Finds It

Well, it’s been a beautiful, stressful week! Please forgive the untimely wrap-up:

♥ America ♥

Fourth of July craziness. After beginning the day with a picnic in McCarren Park, I followed some friends to Harlem for a rooftop barbeque. Halfway through our meal, someone started to launch fireworks (and I mean proper fireworks) which exploded fairly close to our heads! Apart from the remnants ashing into our food, it was thrilling but ultimately hilarious. Lovely!

Unofficial fireworks show rains down.

Other things that have happened to in the past week….

  • I’ve almost finished coding Matt’s site that I designed this week. (Back to it right after this blog post and will post soon!)
  • I started reading both The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” by Oliver Sacks. Both are really enthralling (which is a shame, because Game of Thrones just arrive at the Brooklyn Public Library for me.
  • I saw Magic Mike in theaters. I went with some girlfriends on Tuesday evening thinking that the theater would be dead (best time to see a shame-inducing film, save Wednesday morning). To our surprise, it was fairly packed and we had difficulty finding three seats together! I had no expectations going into it, so I was actually pleasantly surprised by the fact that it had a cohesive, enjoyable storyline!
  • Saw an incredible Wasabasco Burlesque show at Bathtub Gin, a delightful, damask-covered speakeasy, hidden behind a false wall a hidden behind a door panel in a tiny coffee shop. Both the venue and the performance made me feel as though I had traveled back in time to Prohibition Era NYC.

Hanging out at the speakeasy Bathtub Gin

Also, I’d love to share a couple songs that have been just playing on repeat in my head. Definite summer music:

“Ho Hey” by the Lumineers: Heard this for the first time driving to Harlem on the 4th. Love it:

“Buster Keaton” by Quadron: The song itself light, soulful and, to me, totally summer. Although the video is pretty, it feels kind of like an American Apparel ad. Either way, the song is brilliant:

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 Drinks Lots of Lemonade

Today was particularly wonderful. Despite intentions to go to the flea market (it was, sadly, closed), I ended up at Coney Island. It’s been almost a year since my last visit and such a great day. (For one, I didn’t get pooped on by a seagull like last time!)

The Wonder Wheel

On the ride up


Also, I saw this music video that I wanted to share. Not only is the song really catchy, but I really like the concept. I’m such a sucker for the continuous take. (That and the staggering Courtney Love-a-like in the background really tickled me.)

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!

In Which Steff is a Master now

Okay, again, I know I’m terrible at updating this. But now, I really have no excuse. I am well pleased to announce that this past weekend I graduated with my MA in Media Studies!

It’s been such a beautiful two years. I can’t believe how quickly it went!

Lately, I’ve been working on a video about my brother Scott and his experience as a teenager on the spectrum. Here is a rough cut of what I have so far–as I am planning to expand it into a full length doc:

Also, in the break between posts, I also had the opportunity to meet a part of my family that had been estranged for decades. It was a wonderful experience.


That’s it for now.