1. Dark Angel

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    When doing any sort of creative work a person never knows how the completed piece may grow and change over time, living in the interior spiritual heart and body of imagination and experience. The poem "Dark Angel", was written sometime in the 1990s and come across again in the past couple of years while I was revising a manuscript entitled "How It Was Back When (Writing Myself Out)". While re-reading a number of pieces thematically dealing with the subject of AIDS, I recall how I heard these poems in my head as songs. Of course, not exactly being socially connected or educated musically this notion too went on the back burner. It wasn't until my late 40s that I began experimenting with the written as audio, "Dark Angel", eventually becoming part of a song cycle/soundscape-in-process, "Threnody for a Forgotten Plague". This experimental sound collage deals with the fracturing of voices which occurred specifically during the early days of the AIDS Pandemic yet I believe touches on what emotionally occurs during any such an outbreak throughout time: the medical, political bureaucracy vs. the voices of humans fighting for their health and well being. The endeavor of love too is of course a constant and "Dark Angel" is emblematic of that. Montages for the film also lived within me for quite some time. Like many creative people I am a packrat, collecting images or writings (headlines, news captions, snippets from novels or biographies etc.) because they resonate as some chord of inspiration. Since 2009 I'd been working with various star/heavenly body scenes and creating montages of these with paintings of Yoga poses I'd done. This was for another series "According to the Order of Nature (We Too Are Cosmos Made)", a series which takes the language of laws used against LGBT people internationally and turns it upside down. In 2014, having "completed" this series and needing time to step back, to figure out where to go next, dream-like winged, celestial body pieces were still coming to me. As they did, so again came the words from "Dark Angel". Having had some bad criticism for the sort of "folk art" mixed media work I do, while as ever living with my own obscurity and mortality, I decided to let art go on using me as a vessel anyway. Art, after all, even if we experiment with wearing masks in the process, is one of the places where we can be the most emotionally authentic in our lives. I hope this particular home-made work expresses something of the healing implicit in doing such.

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    • L'Oreal Huile Extraordinaire

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      • Three Point Landing - Demo Reel

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        Editor: Sylvette Artinian Spots: "Palm Springs" for Acura, directed by Peggy Sirota "Little Sister" for Mercedes, by Peggy Sirota "Mother's Day" for Telekom Germany, by Peggy Sirota "Happy Thanksgiving" for Chex Cereal, by Anouk Besson "Shokovifinger" for Wasa, by Peggy Sirota "Ducky" for Zest, by Paula Walker "More" for Olay, by Ed Nammour "Taller" for Buick, by Peggy Sirota "Horses" for St Paul, by Justin Klarenbeck "Beach" for Olay, by Ed Nammour "Wedding" for Humana by Peggy Sirota "SIgns" for Carlsberg by Justin Klarenbeck Vivifique" for Ebel, by Paula Walker "Palm Pool" for Koleston, by Stephen Mead The Dream" for Ralph lauren by Peggy Sirota

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        • Billie Reflecting

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          As an African American woman trying to invent and live her life by her own terms during a time of often brutal segregation and pre-feminism, Billie Holiday's existence of performance, and outside of performing, remains both iconic and a cautionary tale due to the emotional and physical price she paid. Here in the 21st Century where many still suffer through repression and genocide due to cultural/religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, her voice remains a strong testament for those who feel they can only live safely within shadows, and for those who struggle to live outside of such shadows. "So the bible says, and it still is news", Billie wrote, and in this short film to Billie, a sort of ode, it is Stephen Mead's hope that Billie's words will yet have the impact to give people pause, examine their hearts, and promote positive global change.

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          • Pantene 'Wishlist'

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            Director – Stephen Mead Producer – Holly Hartley Short Films

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            • For Dad (Not Quite a Collage Film)

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              My parents were always a bit leery of my artistic tendencies, wondering how I would ever make a living, yet they came to many an opening. My father, born 8/7/22 died on 1/18/12. This film is a celebration of his life and a work of gratitude for his love. There is a bit of symmetry in his death since, ten years before, my mother died in the same month, going downhill on the same floor in the same hospital that my father did. After my Mom’s death when my father wound up having to sell the family farm I was given a large box of family photographs mainly from her side of the family. At the time I thought “I will have to create art from some of these”, yet already had a couple tribute pieces I wanted to do for mom in mind, so the box wound up at the bottom of a closet. Years later when my father’s health began declining we helped him move from a senior residence into a nursing home and once again I inherited a box of photos from his side of the family. By then I’d worked on a few more collage pieces derived from family memories in a rural setting, but had also gotten sidetracked by an entirely different series of art pieces. This is often how it is with a creative nature: inspiration goes in different directions at different times. With Dad’s death I asked if I could contribute to his viewing by my making the above film. It is interesting to me that it contains films I’d used as collage elements in other projects but it also has been an impetus to begin working on that other family-inspired series using the treasure chest from both boxes of photos. Whether these will turn into paintings or collages remains to be seen. I know I have a lot of scanning to do (!) but also feel this statement I’m writing captures how personal most artists find their work to be. Whether sung or unsung, like the lives of those we love, this is our earth legacy.

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              • States of Desire, States of Being

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                When I first began experimenting with combining my art and poetry as short films as opposed to works on paper, I came across "Photoshow", a system mainly used for preserving photos of family memories. Odd that I want to tell stories with my paintings instead and combine them with poetry! At that point I hadn't even learned I could use a microphone so went with using captions. Eventually I collected all these shorts together for a piece called "Captioned Closeness" available for streaming via Indieflix, but since photoshow could not be converted to other downloadable formats for places like Vimeo I found a way to record the videos as "desktop activity" and then go in and edit, giving the movement of these films a sort of "blurring into each other" quality. I think of these as watercolor films.

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                • Night Watch

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                  "Night Watch" is part of a series, "Quilt Suite" which was heavily influenced by the AIDS Memorial Quilt and also my years as a direct care giver working with an HIV+ population in the 1990s. This series, which can be streamed via Indieflix, was my first foray into experimenting with photos/art/poetry as film and I hear now how the microphone used even has a nostalgic quality to the sound produced. Nevertheless I hope the viewer/listener finds the work to be a stirring experience.

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                  • For Christy Brown

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                    "For Christy Brown" is an homage to the wonderful Irish writer celebrated in "My Left Foot". I had done the painting a decade or so before "My Left Foot", the film, was released, after reading and being inspired by Christy's book, Christy's life as a writer and artist. My short film is part of a series of shorts released for streaming via Indieflix called "Murals in Motion". I had a good number of large size paintings, many having collage elements/details, and thought it would be interesting to pair them up with poems I either wrote while doing the paintings or often years before. By making "film stills" of these images layered and fading upon one another the "motion" was subtle but nevertheless a moving film.

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                    • In Hiding

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                      Oppressed by lies, prejudice and potential violence, by actual and psychological warfare, "In Hiding" is for all of those who feel like an endangered species by the words and deeds of other humans. "In Hiding" is part of a series begun in 2007 which Stephen hopes to collect on a DVD entitled simply "Collaging Film". This series is comprised of art, photography, film, poetry and music. Unlike most of the pieces in the film where (like on his CD "Love Lullabies"), the poetry is spoken and his singing voice is used as background, "In Hiding" has the poetry sung upfront while the spoken provides backdrop.

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