Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Samuel Crow, Rubi Rose
Every year, novice and expert puppet makers alike converge on a farm in New York's Hudson Valley to build giant-scale puppets for the New York City Village Halloween Parade. Under the direction of Alex and Sophia from Superior Concept Monsters, a full performance is designed, built, and choreographed, all leading up to the big night of the parade, where millions of people around the world will watch them come to life in the largest Halloween celebration on the planet.
The performance and its twelve-foot-tall puppets take a full month to create, with Alex, Sophia, and their team of volunteers struggling against deadlines, creative chaos and the natural limits of corrugated cardboard. As if that weren't enough, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded, arrives at the worst possible moment, threatening everything they've worked so hard to build.
Writer and director Samuel Crow was born and raised in New York City. He began making films on Super-8mm film in high school. He received a degree from Reed College in Portland and made several short fiilms, and worked on his first professional sets there. Samuel moved back to New York City and began a full-time freelance career as a location sound recorder and camera operator for features, corporate films, shorts, commercials, television, and many other productions. He joined forces with producer Ramon Wilson to form Voodoo Productions where they created original content, most of which directed by Samuel. Today, Samuel continues to work as both a director and freelance crewmember, splitting his time between New York City and the Hudson Valley region of New York. He is currently concentrating on music video production.
Rubi Rose’s lifelong passion for photography began at age seven with Kodak 35mm camera. Rubi went to Bard College, where she received her degree in photography. Her photography projects have been realized on mediums as diverse as black-and-white and color, large-format 4x5 and digital. In addition to her art portfolio, she works with MacArthur Fellowship winning-photographer Wendy Ewald and as a freelancer. Rubi's freelance work has included events as diverse as shoots for Vogue Italia, One Voice For Haiti, and the New York City Village Halloween Parade. In 2013, “Vistas and Visions” a mother and daughter show at Bank of America in Woodstock featured her aerial photography from the Mojave desert.
Cast/Featuring: Alex Kahn, Sophia Michahelles, Jeanne Fleming
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