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Stan Main

For more than three decades, Stan’s career has had him spreading messages far and wide. He got his start as a film student at UT Austin and Austin Film Works. He also studied radio at UT El Paso. He’s worked as a radio programmer. A researcher. A marketer. And today, a radio station consultant for The Randy Lane Company.

StanOh yeah, and he makes movies. A lot of movies.

Stan, who lives in Brighton, NY, is the founder of and chair of Rochester Movie Makers, a local nonprofit educational cooperative that helps people interested in every aspect of making films get involved in local projects.

Stan’s philosophy is to “learn by doing,” and he certainly walks the talk.

Among his recent projects is the short film “Threads,” a touching look at the intergenerational connection of a grandmother, mother and daughter. The film was part of Movie Makers Summer Shorts 2009 project.

Threads Festival Final from Stan Main on Vimeo.

In another short, “Death and Taxes,” shot in black and white, a tax meeting goes horribly wrong.

Death and Taxes from Stan Main on Vimeo.

So, what inspires Mr. Main?

“Great politicians that do the right thing,” he says, adding, “Great filmmakers, great actors, great writing, achievers in general.”

Stan will be producing/crewing on three new short films this summer as part of Movie Makers Summer Shorts 2010 project: “Summer View” from Donna DePalma, “Thou Shall Not Steal” from Paul Vonasek, and “The Red Lunchbox” from John Centrone.

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Steve Bartolotta

This composer and singer titled his 2006 debut album Long Time Coming. And it had been a long time since the day in 1986 when Steve landed his first gig as a singer—doing a jingle for Nuway Auto Parts.

He’s been making music ever since.Steve at work in his Fairport, NY, studio.

You’ve heard Steve’s work more than you think. He’s the brains behind recording studio Markethold Productions in Fairport, NY. From writing original scores to jingles and on-hold messages, he keeps very busy at the company he started in 1994.

Steve, of Pittsford, NY, particularly enjoys writing music for projects where he has the most creative freedom—“When a client allows me to produce something truly unique.”

At the moment, that includes working on a motion picture score, plus several video projects.

Whatever the project, he says the music is always on. Day and night. In his head.

It forces me to leave fragmented song ideas on my voice mail at work. In my graveled morning voice I leave the voice mails and retrieve the ideas,” he says.

Sometimes, he stores them there until he’s got time to record them for real.

And these days, he’s been doing a lot of recording. His work extends beyond the commercial obligations of his business. In addition to releasing his first solo album, Steve belongs to three-man band Seven Sense with friends Larry Casey and Larry Spink.  They play out at Rochester-area venues on the weekends.

Steve’s first solo album is available online at iTunes, cdbaby, FYE Stores, Rhapsody. He has a second one on the way.

Steve’s in the midst of assembling and writing his second solo album.

If it’s anything like his first collection, expect a sweet, warm, mellow mix of grownup vibes sung from the heart. Which makes sense, considering he gets his creative inspiration from “my children and natural beauty,” he says.

Whatever the inspiration, the music just keeps on filling up his head. And Steve’s fine with that.

I don't know why the music comes to me, but it is my dear friend,” he says.


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Carrie Colangelo

CarrieWhether it’s stitching images and words together into a beautiful graphic design, or sewing panels together into theatrical costumes, cushions, or flags, there’s a common thread to Carrie’s work.

“I was sewing before I even knew what design was,” says this West Irondequoit, NY, resident.

Carrie's client was looking for a purse with a fall theme. She created the fabric out of woven ribbon.“I come from a long line of sewers, and ever since I can remember, I had a strong urge to assemble fabric in interesting, useful, ways.”

She got her start in graphic design when she was very young, too.

“The creativity started blossoming in off-the-wall ideas, and then developed into applicable uses,” Carrie says.

Carrie got involved in her high school yearbook, and before long, she was editor in chief.

“I knew graphic design was what I wanted to spend my time doing,” Carrie says.

What inspires her?

“Everyone has a message to tell the world,” she says, “whether it's about a business, a cause, or perhaps educational.”

The same inspiration she applies to her graphic design clients goes into her sewing projects.

“What inspires me to sew is helping people feel good about themselves, usually through custom garments, but also through preserving their memories with a quilt of their old t-shirts or something similar,” Carrie says.

At the moment, Carrie is working on several integrated design projects for clients, involving a combination of logos, business cards, and sales collateral. One of those clients is a a disaster recovery consulting company. The other is a Rochester, NY, area Jazz musician.

This 48" x 48" quilt represents the memories and skills Carrie's grandmother passed on to her. "My grandmother taught me how to garment sew, then we learned how to quilt together," she says.Carrie is also in the midst of creating custom costumes for a local production of Patience.

And sometimes, her graphics business and her skill with fabrics come together for a single customer, like the local restaurant for whom she’s current designing a logo, menu, website. The same client hired her to design staff uniforms.

But it’s clearly more than just a job for Carrie.

“When I complete custom sewing jobs for my clients, it almost always proves to be something of a spiritual experience for me,” she says. “Most of the needs of my clients are emotional or highly creative in nature. Design and sewing are easy to do. But to do them in a relevant way while also doing something creative is much more challenging.”

“I like challenges,” she says.


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Beth Bloom

This Rochester, NY, artist likes “sparkly stuff.”

"Three hats with ladies" ©Beth Bloom, All Rights Reserved.Sometimes she applies it with a glue gun, and other times she captures it with her gifted photographic eye. From plush, dimensional designs on fabric, to images that illuminate life from darkness, Beth has a vision for the tactile.

She first saw the inside of a darkroom at 16.

 I saw how photographic prints were made and developed,” she recalls.

“As the image came up in the developer, I realized that I was seeing something magical and I wanted to know how to do ‘magic’ like that.”

"2 dafs and purple" ©Beth Bloom, All Rights Reserved.She’s always pushing the limits of light. Color. Texture.

She creates evocative artwork from both images and “embellishments like beads, ribbons and sparkly stuff.”

What will spark her imagination next?

“I am currently continuing to work on a series, called ‘blooms’ as well as a few new ideas that are percolating.”



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Peter Conners

Finding fresh ways to share the ideas that consume his thoughts. That's the simple, driving force behind this Pittsford, NY, resident’s journey as a writer and one-time Deadhead. It's taken him through the worlds of poetry, prose, and genre-defying spaces in between.

PeterHe clearly follows one of the first rules of the pen: write about what you know. His careful attention to character and scene brings even short passages to life.

Peter got his start in poetry during high school.  

“I shared it with some friends and they responded enthusiastically which encouraged me to continue,” he says.

“I have never stopped writing since then.”

Peter's putting the final touches on his next poetry collection, The Crows Were Laughing in their Trees, to be published by White Pine Press in spring 2011. Until then, here's a taste of Peter's work, from Of Whiskey and Winter, published by White Pine Press in 2007:

A Man Learns to Fly

In his younger years his father had toted him out to the bird feeder.  It was brown, bent, speckled with white droppings - angled against all seasons.  No mix was sufficient to keep the lesser birds away: Old bruise-colored grackles arrived on the scene.  Meager starlings.  Rusty female cardinals.  At each new mix, elated, they waited, but the loveliest of feathered winds never blew their way.  And so the father taught him to love the ugly ones.  Named them after earls and dukes, invested them with flight patterns to shame the baldest of eagles. 

In the boy's front yard, truly, the meek had inherited the earth. 

Such is the ornithology of family.

A boy flew away one morning to return a man to find his father turned to ash beside a bag of grainy seeds.  And this note: Help me to fly


Today, Peter is an editor at Rochester, NY-based BOA Editions, Ltd., one of the longest-running, best-known, and most respected literary publishers in the country, where he also directs the publishing company’s marketing efforts.

Click to visit "Growing Up Dead" online.And this writer never stops writing. He’s even adapted his last book, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, into a screenplay he hopes to see shot in Rochester. But that’s as much as he’ll reveal about the project. For now.

“I can’t say much beyond that other than – when it happens, you’ll know about it,” he says.

His next nonfiction book, White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg, will be published by City Lights Books in November 2010.

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Kieran Redmond

“Articulate imagery” is a phrase this Rochester, NY, designer uses to describe how he finds his voice in the visual.

"Stars and Stripes," from Kieran's Warhorse Clothing days.And Kieran has a lot to say.

At RIT, he and a couple of friends started a business called Warhorse Clothing, primarily designing graphic T-shirts. You can see the fruit of his labor every day—right on his own back. A horse flying out of cogs. Animals transforming into vague shapes. Silhouettes of birds splashed across dark fields. It’s a surreal blend of the natural and industrial worlds, much like the artist.

KieranKieran found his niche in graphic design early. He and his graphic T’s go way back together.

“I think my first real start was in the fifth grade when I won a t-shirt design contest for a school play titled Cinderella meets the Wolfman,” he says. He’s loved working with his hands and being creative ever since he was a little kid.

He later got a nudge from his mom, who “forced me into a Commercial Art Design class in the eleventh grade,” he says. A week into the class, he was hooked.

"Red Star Express 3" shot in Truckland, NJ.You get a sense of Kieran’s inspiration in his photography experiments, too. There’s a collection of warm, weathered landscapes populated by rusty cars, abandoned industrial sites and other dystopian visions. All captured with an eye for beauty in unlikely places.

Where does inspiration come from? “Good work that isn’t afraid to be different,” he says.

Kieran currently works as a junior art director at Rochester ad agency Roberts Communications, where he first found a job as an intern. In his spare time, he’s been designing apparel for American Parkour, and he’s getting ready to release yet another new line of clothes with some local designers and friends.


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