Media Documentation

    and Collaborations 

    for Artisans, Dancers, Musicians,

    Performers & Artists



      My documentary work has been predominantly focused on art, artists and social and/or political issues.  Between 2015 and 2017 I made numerous videos for artisans at the Handwork Cooperative, Ithaca, New York.  As short “process” videos displayed as a loop at Handwork’s store, they visually detail specific handcrafting by: local potters Julie Crosby and David Kingsbury; weaver June Szabo; wood turners John Chamberlain and Stephen Landau; glass workers Bonnie Scott and Julia Bonney; woodworker, Michael Parkhurst; fiber artist Mary Beth Larsen; and jewelry maker Charlotte Walsh.

      "BY HAND & FIRE: JULIE CROSBY POTTERY" is the larger project with potter Julie Crosby to explore further her wood-firing process, her kiln designing and construction, and her work with a community of regional potters. The 1-hour video premiered in Ithaca, New York at CINEMAPOLIS movie theater on May 5, 2019.

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     In April, 2018 I directed, filmed and edited a three-camera performance video, Portrait, choreographed by Ithaca College dance professor Amy Walker O’Brien. This 25-minute site-specific dance was performed at the H. F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. 


      At Ithaca’s 2017 Spring Writes Literary Festival I documented "Moving Words" dance performances by Jim Self, Forty Years a New Yorker: 8 Episodes, [],







and Lindsay Gilmour and Chris Seeds’ two pieces, Los Pajaros and Tiny Rebel [].

I filmed Rik Daniels’ Dichotomy and his previous movement performance piece, How I Learned to Swim (2016), as well as editing compilations of his work.


Media Collaborations/Projections

For many years I've collaborated with dancers, choreographers, theatre directors, and musicians to make projection pieces for live stage performance. Among these are Long Ago in May (dir. Melanie Dreyer-Lude, 2012), and Bernstein’s Mass (dir. David Feldshuh, 2009), both for the proscenium stage at Cornell’s Schwartz Center.


With physicist, Jane Wang and electronic violinist, Ritsu Katsumata I produced multi-channel video projection for The Elegance of Motion presentation on dragonfly flight for the Ithaca “Light in Winter Festival,” (January, 2005).  Among the choreographers I've worked with are Jim Self, Merce Cunningham and the Shrine of Dancing Iguana Consciousness... (1995); The Ennead (2001); and with Jumay Chu, Planes (2007).








                                                                                   Planes , 2007

For several years I collaborated with choreographer Lonna Wilkinson to create film and video projections for Slippage (1987), Makimono (1986), Thinking Through the Body (1985), and Point of View (1983), dance pieces which toured nationally, including at Theatre Artaud’s Centerspace Studio Theatre in San Francisco, and at The Dance Place, Washington, D.C.


Selected  SOCIAL/POLITICAL Documentary work

I directed and edited two documentaries for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation: The Contractor’s Contract (2014) and What the Parents Know: A Transformative Mediation (2011).

I worked as a film editor for Borderline: The People vs. Eunice Baker (2003/2005), a pilot for Saved by Deportation, and other projects by Emmy-award winning producer/director Slawomir Grunberg.

AIDS in the Southern Tier: SEVEN STORIES  (1999; NY PBS stations).

I directed and edited Never Done: The Working Life of Alice H. Cook (1993), a one-hour film on the life of the labor organizer, activist and educator, with Sandra Pollack and Diane McPherson).


As a  collective member of Women’s Media, I contributed work on Stronger Than Before (Seneca Women’s Peace Encampment, 1983).


Selected Earlier ARTS AND INSTALLATION work

My earlier films about visual artists include Ithaca artist

Mary Shelley, Woodcarver (2001), and an experimental film,

Frida Kahlo: The Knife and Fork of God (1998, with text

by Diane McPherson and performed by actress Maria Dizzia).

I worked as editor for Its Own Sac, (formerly Rescued Earth, 1985) about New York artist Heléne Aylon, exhibited at the Jewish Museum, NYC).  With co-filmmaker Kells Elmquist, I filmed and edited the biopic of surrealist painter, Kay Sage (1978, Museum of Modern Art collection).


While living in Haiti from 1974-76, I co-directed and edited with Frederick Mangones, St. Soleil: Art for a New Life, about an artists’ village (Haiti/United Nations HABITAT Conference, 1976). 


In 1969, I had the remarkable experience as a young filmmaker

to film several hours of footage for Earth, documenting Cornell’s pioneering Earth Art exhibition, including the works in progress of Robert Smithson, Hans Haake and Dennis Oppenheim and others.

In 1969 -- Filming 16mm documentation during Cornell's Earth Art  exhibition with guest curator, Willoughby Sharp.

In 2013-14 I edited numerous theatrical trailers for the Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca, and its 45-minute anti-bullying film, Easy Prey, screened at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, New York. 


I also directed, filmed and edited Brothers in Arms, the “official” music video, for the Christopher Gerard Band  (2014)


      A dual-channel video

      projection/installation on

      a suspended parachute,

      Schwartz Center for the

      Performing Arts,  Cornell




Photography and video installations/exhibitions

While I've often shown my photography locally

in Ithaca (Petrune Gallery, 2018, CSMA 2018

& 2017, Smedley’s Gallery, 1980 & 1986, etc.), I've  also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

New York City: Thousands, a collaborative book-photo/sculpture with book artist Kumi Korf, exhibited

in A Survey of Book works by Photographers; also

at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y.;

in the permanent collections of the Women’s Museum, Washington, D.C., the Rare Book Collection/Olin Library, Cornell University, and Mills College. 

In Haiti I exhibited at the Musée d’Art Haitien,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Reflections/Réflexions: Three Foreign Photographers, 1975). In 1976 she held a

one-woman show at the Stills: The Photography Gallery where she was a collective member; and in 1980

her photographs and video installation titled Dancing and Design, made in collaboration with dancer Jane Desmond, filled a gallery at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell.


Bernstein's Mass, 2009


    I am an independent filmmaker, photographer and videomaker and also taught filmmaking and digital media at Cornell University from 1979 to my retirement from teaching in 2012.  Living in Ithaca, New York, I continue to create digital media work as a producer, director, and/or editor of video documentaries; photography; and experimental work including projections for multi-media live-performance dance, theatre and music.

     I received a B. A. from Barnard College in Art History, then did graduate work in the History of Art at Cornell. While working at the Cornell art museum I studied in an intensive summer program in 16mm Filmmaking at U.C.L.A. for professionals in other fields. Much later, while teaching filmmaking,  I completed an M.F.A. at Cornell in Fine Arts, in Photography and Cinema Theory.


      As a public arts administrator in the early '70's, I was Assistant Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, while more recently I served as President of the Board of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (2002-06), and currently as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca (2016-18).


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