Stephanie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a background in newspaper and magazine writing. She has written on a variety of subjects and themes, but with a particular focus on the arts, health, and women’s issues. The high points of Stephanie’s career in film and television include: Bravo profiles on Cyndi Lauper and Robert Duvall; educational docs in both long and short form for non-profits such as Asia Society, Sierra Club, and Amnesty International; festival favorite Random Lunacy, which looks at the extraordinary life of Poppa Neutrino, who lived homeless by choice; Songs & Stories, a bio pic about the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, and Black 47 at Connolly’s, a doc wrapped around a rollicking New Year’s Eve performance in the heart of Times Square.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am happily working on my first love, which is fiction. Specifically, I am working on a short story collection. I am also focusing on acquiring representation for both my first novel, the coming of age story Other People’s Houses, and my more recent work, a psychological thriller, The Dark Side of Time.
3. Do you have upcoming events you would like people to attend?
I will be reading from The Lemon Tree at the Artists Without Walls Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Feb. 26, 7PM.
4. What are five things you can’t live without?
The opportunity for personal growth.
5. Your favorite quote at the moment and why?
“Everything begins and ends in exactly the right time and place.” –Miranda, from Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. A favorite because it’s resonantly true in my life and work.
6. Who have you always wanted to work with and why?
I’ve been blessed and lucky to have worked with my partner and husband, the filmmaker Vic Zimet because we share our deepest sensibilities. As to marquee names, my current idol is Kathryn Bigelow. She doesn’t shy away from intricate stories that pack a mighty punch.
7. If you had the opportunity to ask someone when you were starting out for advice, who would you have asked and what would you have asked?
I suppose I may have asked Stephen King how he keeps those stories coming so thick and fast.
8. If you could dream about trying out something you haven’t tried out in the arts yet, what would that be?
Who wouldn’t want to front a rock and roll band? I have an unfortunate voice, but I can dance like Mick Jagger!
9. What was the best gift that someone gave you that inspired or facilitated an interest in your art.
My parents gifted me with an easel when I was ten, and I painted for many years, not well, but with a pleasant right-brain induced buzz. Further, my parents instilled in me my love for books.