May 2 – 2:15pm PT/5:15pm ET

Women in Media Pre-Production & World Building Convention: "Process and Collaboration"

I'll be joining director Rachel Raimist (Wutang: An American Saga), director/screenwriter Rachel Feldman (Lilly), costume designer Charlese Antoinette (Judas and the Black Messiah), and cinematographer Alice Brooks (In the Heights) for a Zoom discussion about process and collaboration in film production. Our moderator is Tema Staig, Women in Media Executive Director. This Zoom session should be fun! More info here.

May 6, 2021 – 7-9:30pm ET

"Kristi Zea on Production Design," an in-depth online seminar with Q&A sponsored by Maine Media Workshop + College. More info here.

MAY 2021 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

MY FILM ANNIVERSARIES

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Anthony Hopkins in

The Silence of the Lambs.  ©1991 - MGM

The Silence of the Lambs was released on February 14 — 30 years ago. I had worked as a production designer with Jonathan Demme on Married to the Mob. I was hesitant to do The Silence of the Lambs. It was so creepy. Bit thos film has become a classic. Here are some other juicy articles about The Silence of the Lambs 30 years later.

Jodie Foster looks back at 'Silence of the Lambs' 30 years later – Yahoo Entertainment

'Silence of the Lambs': The "Interesting Dilemma" of Selecting Hannibal Lecter's Mask - Hollywood Reporter

The Lingering Terror of Silence of the Lambs - Esquire

The Silence of the Lambs and Clarice’s Lifelong Battle Against the Male Gaze - Den of Geek

Martin Scorsese's Powerful Goodfellas at 30

A review on theconversation.com

Associate professor in Cinema and Media Studies, RMIT University Adrian Danks writes a review of Martin Scorsese's seminal film Goodfellas, takes us through every nuance of the film to underscore how "massively influential" it has been.

Along the way he gives a shout out to the production design. "Although key collaborators such as editor Thelma Schoonmaker and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus have often and rightly been singled out for their contributions, the production design by Kristi Zea truly brings this “cloistered” and insular world to life."

 

I remember the almost obsessive detail needed to make the film look and feel like the time and place Scorsese had in mind. For an article for GQ, I recalled how it was important that the length of the collars, the shape of those shirts, the shape of the tie, the kind of knot, be accurate.

 

Marty had his mom cooking for the scenes where they were eating Italian food, because he wants his actors to feel like they're in the real place doing stuff for real.

 

Goodfellas was a remarkable film to have had the opportunity to work on.

"...stage-to-screen adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s "Notes from the Field" stars her alone playing a multitude of personalities...[and] paints a troubling picture of class
and race in modern America."
LATIMES.COM
"...an effective pulse-taking documentary..."
BLACKGIRLNERDS.COM

“Notes From the Field” was written and co-produced by Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Kristi Zea

"This is not your father’s or even your

older sibling’s documentary..."

FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE PRISON CELL, ANNA DEAVERE SMITH GIVES VOICE TO THE FORGOTTEN

TISCH RESEARCH, NEWS & EVENTS

ART & PUBLIC POLICY

New Amsterdam episode ‘Lift Off’ directed by Kristi Zea

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New Amsterdam is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer's bestselling memoir "Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital" about his 15 years as medical director at the hospital.

Kristi Zea has been part of NBC’s drama New Amtserdam since its beginning in 2008 serving as production designer for the pilot and 11 additional episodes. She then directed “Five Miles West” in season one and now “Lift Off” in season two.

 

In typical New Amsterdam fashion, the story of “Lift Off” has viewers on the edge of their seats, including a super suspenseful lifesaving rescue by Dr. Reynolds.  

 

“I am very proud of this episode” Kristi says, “and all the hard work that the cast, crew and all aspects of production contributed to making it so compelling.” 

New Amsterdam airs on NBC and streams on NBC.com/New-Amsterdam.

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Talking Pictures

A love poem to his late wife Elizabeth Murray by poet-performer
Bob Holman

A SHORt Film

by Kristi Zea

In TALKING PICTURES, poet performer extraordinaire Bob Holman, founder of the legendary Bowery Poetry Club, is inspired by an exhibition of the supremely individualistic, off-the-wall paintings of his late wife, Elizabeth Murray. His performance bridges the relationship between poetry and painting, and asks the question, if paintings could talk, would they speak poetry?

 

Directed by Oscar and Critics Choice nominee Kristi Zea (EVERYBODY KNOWS... ELIZABETH MURRAY, NOTES FROM THE FIELD) with music by Oscar nominee, David Lang, and edited/arranged by Charles Caster-Dudzick. TALKING PICTURES is produced by Bowery Art + Sciences.

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EVERYBODY KNOWS...ELIZABETH MURRAY 

Directed & Produced

by Kristi Zea

Watch the Trailer!

Explore the life and enduring legacy of
New York contemporary art maverick Elizabeth Murray

"...[a] cogent, fascinating portrait..."

NEW YORK TIMES 

Available to stream on PBS.org app

See Kristi Zea talk about the film

on PBS NYC-ARTS here

Talking Pictures SHOWCASED IN LONDON