Arthouse Quarterly Winter 2021

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DIRECTOR BIO

STAVIT ALLWEIS IS AN ISRAELI-BORN, NEW YORK-BASED VISUAL ARTIST WHO’S JOURNEY HAS TAKEN HER FROM PAINTING TO THE MOVING IMAGE. AS HER WORKS BECAME PROGRESSIVELY NARRATIVE, SHE BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT WITH SEQUENTIAL ART AND COMICS. IN 2010, INTRIGUED BY THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA, SHE LAUNCHED THE PRODUCTION OF ISNESS, AN EPIC PHOTOGRAPHIC NOVEL. ALLWEIS STAGED AND DIRECTED THE ACTION AS IF IT WERE A FILM. USING PHOTOSHOP, THE STILL SHOTS OF THE ACTORS ARE SET INSIDE SHOTS OF HANDMADE MINIATURE ENVIRONMENTS SHE HAD CONSTRUCTED. THE PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT CAN BE FOLLOWED ON WWW.COUNTERCOMICS.CO IN PREPARATION FOR HER SHIFT INTO FILM, ALLWEIS TOOK COURSES IN DIRECTING (JUDITH WESTON) AND ACTING (JASON BENNETT) AND JOINED THE BROOKLYN FILMMAKERS COLLECTIVE. THE SHORT FILM COOKING WITH CONNIE WAS ALLWEIS’ FIRST MOVING IMAGE PROJECT. IT WON BEST EXPERIMENTAL AT THE BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL IN 2017 AMONG OTHER AWARDS. ALLWEIS RECEIVED HER BFA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM BEZALEL ACADEMY IN ISRAEL. SHE RECEIVED AN MFA IN PAINTING FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK.