Stephanie Schwiederek is a visual artist working in photography and filmmaking. She was born in 1990 and grew up in a motel in Pine Brook, New Jersey. The motel was a transient space, and a hive of prostitution, drugs and violence. However, for her and her parents, it became a place they called home for thirteen years. As a result of her precarious upbringing, her work often deals with personal narratives, the family dynamic in peril, memory, trauma, identity, and social class. She is interested in the borderline where violence and intimacy; dysfunction and acceptance; resignation and resilience meet.
Official Selection
Leave Nothing Behind
Prague International Monthly Film Festival
Prague
2021
Official Selection
Leave Nothing Behind
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
Kosice
2021
Winner Best Documentary Feature
Leave Nothing Behind
New Jersey Film Awards
New Jersey
2021
Official Selection
Leave Nothing Behind
First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
England
2021
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