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Stephanie Maxwell is a California-born filmmaker who practices a unique form of experimental filmmaking art. Her techniques include direct on film painting and etching, object animation, motion painting, copier techniques, live action manipulation, and much more. Her works blend the hands-on approach to animation with digital processes in very creative ways. Most of her works are collaborations with composers, from idea through realization.

Stephanie’s award-winning works have been presented in many international festival and screening programs. In addition, she has conducted lectures and workshops on a wide variety of animation and film related topics, including collaboration across art disciplines, at universities and cinema organizations worldwide. She is Professor in the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York) where she teaches an array of classes in film and animation production. Stephanie was co-founder and co-director of the innovative ImageMovementSound festivals (1997-2008), an annual festival of collaborative productions by interdisciplinary artists. And, she is director of SoFA's Visiting Artists and Lecturers program, since 1991.

Stephanie has been artist-in-residence and guest artist at many international establishments, and she has presented retrospectives of her works in notable venues such as: LA Filmforum, Northwest Film Forum, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, ASIFA San Francisco, Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Zealand, ignifuge in Australia, LUX in London, and Scratch Cinema in Paris.


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