Saturday, May 18, 2013

International Women Artists’ Salon at Hell's Kitchen Arts Festival Salon Film & Video Showcase Producers’ Club, NYC ~ 18 May 2013

Compilation of work by Lisa Ferber, writer and Lisa Hammer, director (1 pm)

Ultimate Team Invasion Force, trailer, Lisa Hammer

Terror Lab, trailer, Lisa Hammer

Turn of the Century, trailer, Lisa Hammer

Why Does it Do That?, excerpt, Lisa Hammer

The Pox Show, excerpt, Lisa Hammer

Whimsellica's Grand Inheritance, short film, 8 minutes

The Sisters Plotz and Their Afternoon of Will Reading and Poetry, film, 42 minutes

Pay Someone to Do the Things You Don't Want to Do, music video

Sisters Plotz feature film 2013!, trailer

The Sisters Plotz is a frothy musical comedy about three madcap heireasses who live with their devoted butler. The eccentric sisters Plotz—Dada poetess Celestia, reckless inventor Ladybug, and dreamy artist Whimsellica—have arranged for their Uncle Sinley, hairdresser to the stars, to read their father's will. Madcappery immediately ensues with the recital of Celestia's first depressing poem, a visit from Whimsellica's theatrical French boyfriend, the revelation of Ladybug's romance with the butler, the maids plotting to ruin the Plotzes and become rich, the pitching of woo from Celestia's young suitor, and Whimsellica causing an explosion with Ladybug's science tools. Will the Plotzes survive the whirlwind afternoon?


Pat Lewis

1992 ~ 30 mins.

video, documentary

In making her first video documentary about gays in the military, 'CEASE FIRE', Pat was meticulous in gathering and reading all the news, documentation and information she could find about the issue of gay men and women being kicked out of U.S. military branches just because they were gay. She just couldn't understand how this could be happening, and that nobody seemed to be doing anything about it. She still has every article and document she collected in 1994.

For 'CEASE FIRE', Pat interviewed many gay women at a demonstration that took place in Washington, DC in 1994 who had served in various branches of the military to find out about their personal experiences with sexual harassment and being discharged because of their sexual identity . Their individual stories are amazing, and Pat is still sharing them almost 20 years later in this amazing video!

You are invited to stay for a Q & A with the filmmaker

Salonista Compilation


Silvana D'Mikos

2013 ~ 1 minute, 35 seconds

video, sound animation

I grew up in Shangrila, a small village in Uruguay where gardens gave way to wilderness; children played on unpaved streets and explored the nearby forest and beaches. A place characterized by raining, cold winters, and colorful, warm summers. The interactive installation presents a sensory perception experience of touch, smell, sounds and visual elements associated with these memories, evoking the feelings of my childhood. Moreover, encourage the participants to review their own memories and emotions.

Collage of Colorsculpting Pieces

Sabina Păuţa Pieslak

2011 ~ 2 minutes, 40 seconds

video, visual art time lapse

I paint paper sculptures, creating works out of shredded paint chips. My medium is a color-coded card intended to be held or affixed to a wall for a short time until replaced with paint or thrown out. Its purpose is to help bring color into our lives, but its own handling is short-lived. In my works, I question whether transient, typically discarded objects like paint chips can be transformed into more permanent objects that enliven the spaces in which we live, work, and play. After shredding the chips, I recycle them into works of art that have a close relationship with the painted wall on which they are displayed. By using materials typically associated with painting but not art, I suggest a new perspective of what art is and how it can be made. I would like to acknowledge the Benjamin Moore Paint Company for its generous donation of materials for my artworks.


JiYe Kim

2011 ~ 2 minutes

video, experimental

I've created an archival of personal, everyday images that is entitled: "I Am a Leaving.” The collected images represent several years of actively seeking out images from everyday life including found photographs and videos.

All You Need, from NOT AT WAR album

Marye Lobb

2012 ~ 2 minutes, 51 seconds

video, music

This video/song encourages young people to consider the consequences of sex before following through with it. Director: Ivan Barahona; Actors: Lennie Diaz, Evan Lidestri, Marye Lobb and Francisco Sarmiento. Special Thanks to: Andy Cofino, Nikki DiNatale, Bryant Henderson, Debra Humphrey, Caitlin McGee

"All You Need" written by Marye Lobb. Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Women In Motion

Kristin A. Thomas, producer & director

with music by Kristin Hoffmann

2013 ~ 6 minutes, 12 seconds

film, trailer

Women in Motion is film with a mission to inspire female entrepreneurs with a vision to follow their passion. Some of the leading female business owners of the world have come together to share their wisdom and message. Women in Motion is a movement of women making a real impact and becoming leaders in the world of business.

Little Pink Balloon

Cheryl B. Engelhardt, music score

2011 ~ 15 minutes

film, short

When a Man wakes to find his shirt covered in blood and his lover dead, he goes on a journey to discover what happened. Little Pink Balloon serves as the first collaboratin between the power house, all female creative team of Joanna Bowzer, Lacy Wittman, Dorothy Krajewski, and Cheryl B. Engelhardt. Adapted by Joanna Bowzer and Lacy Wittman from the stage play by the same name (also written by Bowzer), the piece was presented on the Lower East Side of New York City in Fall 2010. Once complete, the creative team aims to present it as part of the narrative short film programs at the major film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and others. Further, it will serve as a showpiece produce of the creative team with the ultimate focus of raising money for a feature film.

Science Fair Archive 1988 (R.S.)

Annie Heckman

2012 ~ 3 minutes, 8 seconds

video, animation

A seven-year-old girl, drawn in by the release of Wizardry V and desperate to complete a challenging science fair project afterhours of video game distraction, writes to her godmother, a neccentric physicist based in Virginia. Auntie Robbie responds, candidly offering her projections for the humans. This is her first public speech in 40 years, because of her controversial research and ostracization from the scientific community. Science fiction drama viewers may guess Auntie Robbie’s identity.

Rope and Chasm

Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo-soprano

with collaborator Matthew Greenbaum, composer and video animator

2012 ~ 1 minute, 48 seconds

video, trailer

Rope and Chasm is an evening-length work for mezzo-soprano and video animation based on Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. It is made up of a series of episodes in which the mezzo sings with a pre-recorded musical score and interacts with numerous video characters, including a leech expert, a tightrope walker, and a half-mole, half-human “spirit of gravity.” Greenbaum is both the composer and video animator. It was premiered in its entirety by Network for New Music in Philadelphia, 2012.

Gravity Pulls

Mayuna Shimizu, dancer and choreographer

2012 ~ 2 min

video, dance

Just beauty of Simplicity, engaging with earth.

Short film by Barry Steele, Music : Water Way by Del

Marla Mossman

Peace Caravan Journey Along the Silk Road: Xinjiang Province, China

17 minutes, 30 seconds

film, documentary

Documentary which follows Marla Mossman as she continues her solo journey along the ancient Silk Road in China's remote Xinjiang Province (East Turkestan). From Turphan, one of the earths lowest places to Tashkurgan in the Pamir"s some of earth's Highest Mountain Ranges, Mossman photographs the local people and shares in their daily lives, their cuisine, customs, music and the beautiful landscapes that make their home. The Peace Caravan Project's mission is to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding, respect and acceptance. By photographing the wonderful religious and cultural heritage of the Silk Road nations, by nourishing international cooperation, the exchange of cultural values and the equality of all people, including women and children, a new appreciation and a new way to peace will reveal itself. If you like this video and want to learn more, please go to my website at: to get more information about the project.


Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev majored in Theater at the Thelma Yelin High school of Performing Arts, Tel Aviv, where she also toured as the vocal soloist of its Big Band. After moving to NYC and studying the Strasberg "Method" with Terese Hayden she decided to pursue a classical singing career. Re’ut’s operatic roles, performances on the concert platform, and collaborations have taken her around the world. In 2013/14 season, she will make her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the world premier of David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Her standard concert repertoire ranges from Haydn’s ARIANNA A NAXOS to Mozart’s REQUIEM to Adler’s NUPTIAL SCENE performed with St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra and others. Re'ut lives in NYC and studies with Gerald Martin Moore.

Cheryl Engelhardt considers herself a "music creator who shares her process", working as a freelance composer for films and ads, a songwriter, and an author of articles and E-courses written for aspiring artists.

Silvana D’Mikos is an interdisciplinary installation artist from Uruguay. Her installations are characterized by the investigation of different materials thru the use of diverse aesthetic languages like sculptures, digital images, and animation. In 2004, She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2005, she moved to Miami, Florida, where her work began to change direction by the incorporation of new media elements. In 2007, she participate in the international curatorial program of L’ecole du Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France. Shortly after, she attended the residency summer program in New Media at Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany. Currently, she lives in Miami, USA, where she is a resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex.


Lisa Ferber (Writer/Whimsellica Plotz) is a prolific multidisciplinary satirist. She wrote the hit web series The Sisters Plotz, which was a Top Five Most-Watched video on Lisa's film Whimsellica's Grand Inheritance won the audience vote in the It Came From Kuchar Festival, and her play Bonbons for Breakfast was a New York magazine notable production. She starred in the final film of underground icon Doris Wishman, Each Time I Kill, featuring cameos by filmmaker John Waters and B-52s frontman Fred Schneider, and she studied lyric writing with the Tony-honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Matthew Greenbaum, composer, was born in New York City in 1950. Greenbaum’s awards, fellowships and commissions include the Serge Koussevitzky Music Fund/Library of Congress, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Greenbaum is also a video animation artist. Works in this medium include ROPE AND CHASM for mezzo and video animation, an hour-long setting of excerpts from Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra; AUTOMAT for video animation/electronic music, and BITS AND PIECES, for tenor sax and video animation. Matthew is collaborator of Salonista Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev.

Lisa Hammer (Director/Ladybug Plotz) has been entertaining audiences for decades with absurd comedies and eerie silent film fairy tales. She released the outrageous musical-art-house gore flick Pus$bucket in the 1990s, which caused riots at her screenings and became a Blockbuster and Tower Video "Midnight Movies" favorite. Her short and feature films have been screened worldwide for decades, winning festival awards and screening at one-woman shows. Fans love her as Triana Orpheus on the Cartoon Network show The Venture Brothers, and as the singer of the bands Requiem in White, Mors Syphilitica and Radiana.

Annie Heckman is an artist and educator whose work explores mortality and the workings of the mind, with sources ranging from the journals of Antarctic explorers to surgical films and Tibetan philosophy. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA from New York University, both in Studio Art. Heckman teaches drawing, video, and color theory at DePaul University, and specializes in contemporary art & dialogue methods with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's School and Teacher Programs. She develops her studio projects in the form of drawings, animations, installations, and books, and is currently exhibiting as the Artist in Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.

JiYe Kim is an experimental video artist and editor. She recently completed a short film titled, (1990 – 2011), and edited the documentary feature, Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica. Born in South Korea, Kim moved to New York City to pursue her interest in video in 2007. Her work has been shown in various film festivals, including 2nd Women’s Film Festival, Chennai, India, The Independent Documentary Festival, Seoul, South Korea and Kim’s work has been exhibited at numerous gallery including Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Manhattan Theater Source, IndexArt Center, Samson Project, and Chashama. Kim received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and BFA in Korea National University of Arts.

Pat Lewis' dream as a teenager was to be a photojournalist when she grew up, and to tell stories about issues in the world that were wrong. She thought that perhaps she could tell some of these stories via camera, and share them with the world in order to make a difference! Hence, Pat attended NYU for film and video production. She produced a series of programs on Manhattan Neighborhood Network for five years. Pat won a Producers' grant from Film/Video Arts in New York, and two production grants from the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She also won two video short awards, one from The Knitting Factory Film Festival and the other from the New Zealand International Film/Video Festival. Pat currently lives and works in New York City.

Mary Lobb was born in the Midwest and raised in Rochester, NY. Marye trotted the globe in search of inspiration and purpose. She listened to the sounds and took in the culture of Ireland, Norway, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Turkey and Chile. Her experiences living and volunteering abroad and at home led her to see music as a form of social service and so she put herself through school at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After graduating in 2008, she released Finding Home. NOT AT WAR was released in 2012 followed by a national tour to celebrate the work.

Marla Mossman is an international photographer, artist and poet who has traveled extensively documenting the human condition. Avidly interested in promoting arts and education, she co-established non-profit art organizations and a non- profit organization whose mission is to provide education and healthcare to rural Asian communities. She was the first foreigner and woman to visit Waras, a remote part of Central Afghanistan, on horseback, with donkey and mules. Most recently spending months circling the Taklamakan Desert in western China, Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised and educated in Canada, she currently resides in New York.

Born in Iaşi Romania, Sabina Păuţa Pieslak immigrated to the United States in 1986 when she and her family moved to New Jersey. She was formally trained in painting during her teen years by Evelyn Leavens. Also a gifted pianist, Sabina was offered numerous scholarships to conservatories and pursued academic study in music, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After moving to New York City in 2003, she continued to study painting at the Art Students League of New York with Dale Myers and Timothy Clark. Her works have been purchased by private collectors in the US and Romania, and exhibited by galleries throughout the US and internationally.

Mayuna Shimizu is a choreographer of Blue Muse Dance, multi-performance arts collective that presents its work as well as film, music and other dance productions in Unites States and abroad. (under construction)

Kristin A. Thomas is the founder and CEO of Thomas & Ingram Real Estate, a notable luxury boutique sales firm in Manhattan. Kristin's admiration for women who have achieved success as entrepreneurs motivated her to executive produce Women In Motion, as an opportunity to capture some of the leading female entrepreneurs of

today’s wisdom and inspirational stories of hardship, determination, and success.

Annie Yan is yet to be an award-winning independent tv producer and abstract artist. But in her delusions, she equates compliments as Emmys. Her work tend to be experimental and educational with elements of humor. She is always striving to find an alternative approach to presenting art and info. Some of the tv programs she has produced are Trivisual, New Word Order, Two Losers (a game show), and Earliest Memories. She has worked with numerous nonprofits as a videogapher and editor. Her abstract sketches are psychedelic, organic, and graffiti like. Her works have been exhibited at the Hell's Kitchen Art Fest, BWAC Gallery, Minerva Gallery, people's homes, Salvation Army thrift stores, and dumpsters. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in New York. She has a BA in History. Much of her early professional training came from the Immigration and Naturalization Service where she had master the art of redundancy.

Thank you to our venue partner Producers’ Club and Staff ~

Thank you to Hell’s Kitchen Arts Festival ~

Kudos to Salon curatorial team members JiYe Kim and Annie Yan

for curation and technical support of this showcase.

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