Screening & Conversation with Student Filmmaker Stephanie Dax, NYU '10
Dax, an undergraduate film student at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, will be screening some of her recent work and leading a conversation about every student’s predicament in reconciling her or his changing interests with her or his chosen major. Organized by Student Arts Fund Grant Recipient Goda Trakumaite '10.
A reasonably recent piece of her work is a retelling of the original, gory, Little Red Riding Hood story, "Little Red." The strangest aspect of this film is its narrated and heavily-breathed soundtrack that elegantly fails to correspond to not only the visuals on screen but also to any expectations of realistic dialogue. This is a mark of Dax's newly-discovered interest in sound and its ability to, through an incongruence with the image presented, disorient viewers and re-create seemingly familiar environments. It is also a mark of Dax's wish to incorporate her interest in sound production into a project for class.
All of her work is loosely narrative and heavily experimental in nature. Some of Dax’s other notable films include “Owls and Garden” - which contains neither owls nor a garden, but instead a winter landscape filled with paper-bag costumes and distorted hooting flutes, "This is Spice Girls" - a docu-drama about the girl group, and "Wink Perpetrator’s Allocution" – in which identities are confused and breakfast is eaten in a bath tub.