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Marjorie Sturm

marjorie sturm
Lives and works in San Francisco, California USA
Marjorie Sturm was raised in New York. She studied psychology and art at the University of Michigan and then moved out to San Francisco in the early nineties. She received her MFA in filmmaking from San Francisco State and completed the award winning (Grand Festival Award for short feature at BV&FF2003) Smoke the Pipe Dream, Honey and Eggs, and Treehouse. She has lived for extended periods in Mexico, Nepal, India, and Israel studying poetry, film, music, and religion. She has worked with the mentally-ill homeless in the Tenderloin on and off since 1995. She has collaborated as a lyricicist and flutist with the composer Ernesto Diaz-Infante, and more recently Sturm has created the visual component for the duo project Neshama Alma Band. Through Pax Recordings, Sturm edited and co-produced a compilation CD of twenty-six artists titled "Voices in the Wilderness: Dissentingn Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America." She is presently working on a documentary about "JT Leroy," the literary, entertainment, and celebrity hoax of our time.

  "Sturm's eye for details (whether the shiny surfaces in a supermarket or dark interiors of homes and the psyche) is matched by a blunt narrative aesthetic that confronts psychological cliches and conjures new configurations of the psychic and the social. . . Sturm's fresh vision is a welcome relief from the world of commercial film and video."  -- --Amy Villarejo, Altar Magazine

"Smoke the Pipe Dream" is the new milleniums "Thelma & Louise" from the indie counterculture...a road film not unlike "Two-Lane Blacktop" of the '70's..."--Mel Vapour, Director Berkeley Video & Film Festival 2003

film clips:
Smoke The Pipe Dreams (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)
Voice or No Voice (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)
Treehouse (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)
Honey and Eggs (the end of fantasy) (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)
The Thread (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)
The Relief (from The Films of Marjorie Sturm)

The Toll Counting (from Neshama Alma Band, Voices In The Wilderness)
Native American Residuals (from Neshama Alma Band, Voices In The Wilderness)
Soldiers' Hearts (from Neshama Alma Band, Voices In The Wilderness)
Prayer to Electoral Sanity (from Neshama Alma Band, 2 Join Occult)
Christian Bush lyrics (from The Abstractions - Novo Navigatio)
On Any Given Day The Inspection from Within lyrics (from Muck - Roc)
The Bitter Undiscovered Alienated (male) Genius Club lyrics (from Ars Vivende)
How to be psychically free (from Next door to the Jefferson Airplane)

Marjorie Sturm - The Films Of Marjorie Sturm vol.1 - PR90266DVD
In the present collection of her short films (six films - Smoke the Pipe Dream, Voice or No Voice, Honey and Eggs (the end of fantasy), Treehouse, The Relief - from the six years between 1998-2004), Bay Area filmmaker Marjorie Sturm explores different aspects of the tension between Nature and Culture in contemporary American society. video clips. press: Meow Power, Altar Magazine, Eye Candy, Tooth and Nail, Bejeezus, kitty magik

review: "...As a highly socially aware feminist, she is peeling off, laying bare and questioning the ideological givens underlying various layers of our daily social environment. In her poetically intense quest for ways to redefine both, Nature, and Culture, she creates women-empowering visuals accompanied by piercing verbal articulations of possibilities for women to access their Nature and in this way actively affect the Culture. Marjorie Sturm therefore constructs a fresh point of view on female subjectivity, one that is capable of embracing the irreconcilable fissure between the natural depth of the individual psyche and the culturally pervasive consumerist consciousness without giving in to collective social apathy."--Maja Manojlovic, Candidate of Philosophy, UCLA

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VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America

STOP THE WAR! Created out of the anxiety & disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This CD of 26 artists transcends music genres & ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the Bush regime. END THE WAR IN IRAQ! "Perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness" Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta

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2004 CD release of West Coast subtle, psychedelia-improv to experimental songs. sinking commentary on the disillusioned atmosphere of George W. Bush's America. "Sounds like Leonard Cohen deconstructed to some really nice abstract noise." --Vital Weekly

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2003 release, this San Francisco collective continues to explore music in all its forms. post-rock, jazz, electroacoustic improv, & noise. "Ars Vivende takes their art much further than before." --Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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MUCK: roc

Despite claims otherwise, Muck is Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Davignon & Marjorie Sturm. The "Roc" cd includes textural, slow motion, surrealistic rock music made from samples, acoustic instruments and assorted detritus. "The strangest, most disconcerting take on any kind of so-called post-rock I have heard to this day." Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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