Monday, June 21, 2010

Interview with Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts

Stavit Allweis’ “Isness”: A Cinematic Graphic Novel-in-Progress

By Jennifer Storch
Photos by Lelo Lourenzo & Kimberly Boldrini

Strange beings inhabit a studio on the Northside in Williamsburg. Here are some of them: incredibly crafted rodents and fowl (thanks to special effects artist/prop maker Hiroe Goto); a taxidermized ferret oozing synthetic entrails; a lion of a man with an oversized ball sack; a voluptuous woman preparing dinner as her hair blows in a whirlwind of domestic ecstasy; a dying soldier and a young girl who has taken him in as her doll as she delves into an imaginative escape from reality; a boy who flutters around like a baby bird; a teenager on the brink of womanhood exploring sexuality with a younger brother, teddy bears, and Playboy; rotting food and a home brewery.

What’s all this? It’s what Stavit Allweis sees as some of the components of what will become the pages of an epic book of sequential art. Visual artist turned director Allweis’ “set” looks Felliniesque, with its frenzy of activity: costumes are being designed, sewn and embellished; miniature sets are being constructed; and Allweis is planning the next weekly shoots. Over the course of the last months, she has been using green screen, a technique for compositing two images. This, along with the props which date back to the 1970s, inspires her in this unusual project.

For the full Interview, click here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Click the widget to view the Kickstarter video, Filmed and edited by Lee Peterkin.
You can become a backer for as little as $5!
Every new backer adds to the "popularity" of the project on Kickstarter, which in turn generates more support! Go for it. Take part in the insanity of ISNESS!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank You Circle Arts!

I cant tell you how many times this organization, and in particular Amy Shapiro, their president, came through for me during the long months of hunting down props and materials for the production.
Thanks Circle Arts!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It's A Wrap!

Image: Lelo Lourenzo

From left to right:
Back row: Lee Sebastiany, Michael Calloway, Tom Regan, Jen Storch, Amanda Ryan, Mia Bauman.
Middle row: Amy Bittner, James Allerdyce, Isabelle Thiele, Anna Kohler, Arielle Toelke, Alexandra Ceribelli.
Kneeling row: Aiden peleg, Stephanie DeLatour, Toby Levin, Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, Stavit Allweis, Nachshon Peleg, Zoola.
Front row: Emma Peleg, Kimberly Boldrini, Lelo Lourenzo.