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STELLA MARIS

Experimental film. Super8 & 1" video; running time: 11 min.
© 1988

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Synopsis

Stella Maris is a study of the human form and an exploration of light, movement, rhythm, and sound. It is film as poem; visual music.

The triptych structure of Stella Maris echoes the Triple Goddess archetypes, the Virgin, Matron, and Crone, who personify the three main phases of existence: Birth, Life, and Death. The structural references to the Goddess in the piece are complemented by Mario-Erik Paoli's score, which interweaves sounds from nature with the music. The imagery of this piece was inspired by the unique quality of light under water, by the photography of Brett Weston and Phillipe Lavaille, and marble statues from Antiquity. The text was drawn from ancient Sumerian prayers, the poetry of Sappho, Osip Mandelstam, and James Joyce's Ulysses, as well as original writings.

Credits

Conceived and Directed by
Clea T. Waite

Sound and Music
Mario-Erik Paoli

Musicians
Mario-Erik Paoli, Ramiro de la Zerda, Bryon Hankins

Camera
Michael Teitel and Clea Waite

Editing
Clea Waite

Cast
Angela Babin, Jane Gillooly, Celia Lee, Nancy Manley, C. Lisa Monrose, Regan Perry, Yvette Torell, Jane St. Clair, Clea Waite, Cindy Woolworth

Texts
Wolkstein / Kramer (from the Sumerian), James Joyce "Ulysses", Osip Mandelstam, Sappho, Clea T. Waite

Narrators
Karine Hrechdakian and Erin Scott

Prizes

1993
Prix Insolite, Grand Format
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine, Antibes, France

1989
Best of New Short Works
Mill Valley Film Festival

1988 1st prize
Experimental Category
9th Annual Video Arts Festival
Amherst, MA.

Screenings

2002
Schüttel mich, ach rüttel mich, Kunst an der Losse / Camping Akademie
Hessisch Lichtenau by Kassel, Germany

1998
Rencontres Internationales Art cinéma / vidéo / ordinateur
Paris, France

1994
IMPAKT Video Festival
Utrecht, The Netherlands

1993
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine, Antibes, France

1990
No-TV
Broadcast on various NY stations

Visual Studies Workshop
Rochester, NY.

1989
Poetry Film and Video Festival
San Francisco, CA.

Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley, CA.

1988
5th International Festival of Clips and Music Videos
Saint-Brieuc, France

9th Annual Video Arts Festival Amherst, MA.

Video Jamboree, MWF Club
New York City

Three Video Premieres
Boston Film Video Foundation Boston, USA

Permanent Collection, Ulli Rimcas Max Fish Bar and Gallery
New York City

This work was created with the support of The National Endowment for the Arts New England Regional Fellowship & MIT Film/Video, and B.K.

© Clea T. Waite 1988