Back at the end of 2020 I was living in Boston studying printmaking and film at MassArt. At this time, I was processing many things in my life, and I was drawn to creating a video essay that spoke to some of the reflections I was having.
“Soma Room” is about the places where our soma / body feels the safest. It’s also an exploration of the contradictory powers of nature. It’s an acknowledgement of the warmth it can provide, and also the revelation that we are fragile when the mud cracks, or the winds don’t blow our way.
This project was shot during one day at the Arnold Arboretum on 16mm film.
Polyrhtyhmia is an album that is inspired by the idea of finding a sense of calm among dissonant layers of sound. With this concept, the drums acted as a series of heartbeats which functioned at different time signatures and are centered by ambient melodies and warped samples. These are mini songs as well (their length partially inspired by Tierra Whack and her album Whack World).
I am also interested in using music as a form of hypnosis, and have been exploring this concept more through piano too…more to come on this later. This was released under my musician name Della Neve, which means “Of Snow” in Italian and is a reference to my last name as well as cultural background.
Hope you enjoy this little project. And make sure to check out a music video I made for one of the tracks here.
It is a cathartic release inspired by our desire for connection and self-expression…which sometimes stands in conflict with our concern to protect ourselves from the unknown dangers of this deadly virus. This project was shot in San Francisco and was a collaboration with dancer Kim Ip and musicians Bastien Goat and Amma Ateria.
This is my first horror style film, and I am grateful for the experience to try something very different with my work. I am also proud to say that this film was included in the Dance Thrill Fest II at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. Enjoy!
I recently had the great fortune of directing and editing this music video for local multilingual artist Razteria.
It’s been a childhood dream of mine to shoot something at the historic Hotel Mac in Pt. Richmond, and so I’m thrilled we were able to make it happen on such short notice. It was also great joy to experiment with some new motion graphic techniques and a 1920s aesthetic too. Being able to do an old-timey gangster inspired phone improv was also a pleasure for me too.
I am honored to find out recently that this film was selected by the Prague Music Video Awards for their Autumn 2023 showcase. Hope you enjoy!
Here is a video I shot earlier this year that was for The 54th Annual CIIS Commencement Ceremony of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
For this video, I was lucky enough to take the lead on the majority of the pieces, including professor and student speeches, an original music video for the band AstraLogik, and a short choir piece as well. Hope you enjoy the ceremony & congrats to all the graduates!
I just want to give a huge thank you to everyone who showed up for the opening reception of my art show, this Tuesday night. It was a really special time to reconnect with some old friends and family and meet some new folks as well. I think with COVID these kinds of live events are more appreciated now than ever. Don’t we all want a little break from the Zoomverse?
If you happen to be in Mill Valley this Spring, feel free to stop by, and follow this link here for more info and to register for the free show. Here are some photos by the dynamic duo of Karen Winokan & her partner Gianni Restani.
This is a podcast I edited & mixed for JET Reflections, a MassArt podcast that explores topics on Justice, Equity, and Transformation (JET) within the MassArt community and beyond. This piece features a discussion between the former president of the school, Kym Pinder, and JET Program Coordinator Zayra Campos (dated September 2020). I hope you enjoy the talk!
The full transcript is also available here for download.
This is a keynote series for Cisco, where I worked as an assistant editor. For this project, our team collaborated with both Spinifex Group and George P. Johnson. In this role, l helped ingest and organize media for senior editors, as well as generate multi-cam sequences and run quality control on multiple assets.
I’ve sought out shooting shows, musicals, and dance pieces much more in recent years; from BTS work to live stills. Coming from the theatre world myself makes me have a natural affinity for these spaces and the special energy they generate and hold.