Stephanie Spray is a filmmaker and anthropologist whose work explores the confluence of social aesthetics and art in everyday life. She has been working at the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory at Harvard University since 2006 and she received a Master’s degree in the study of world religions from Harvard Divinity School as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. In 1999 she began studying music, religion and languages in Nepal, where she has made several video works, including Kāle and Kāle (2007), Monsoon-Reflections (2008), Untitled (bed) (2009), As Long as There’s Breath (2010) and Untitled (2010). Her work has been screened internationally including at the Anthology Film Archives (2010) in New York and the Sehsüchte International Film Festival in Postdam.
Kāle and Kāle (2007)
Untitled (bed) (2009)
As Long as There’s Breath (2010)
As Long As There's Breath (Orig.) / 2010 / Nepal, United States / 57 min
In 1999 Stephanie spray began studying music, religion and languages in Nepal, and since then she has spent copious time practicing the art of “wandering” (Dhulna Jāne) with a community of itinerant musicians called the Gandharba...
Kāle and Kāle (Orig.) / 2007 / Nepal, United States / 50 min
In exploring the lives of two wandering Nepali musicians, an uncle and nephew who share the same name and are featured in filmmaker Stephanie Spray's and Pacho Velez's acclaimed documentary Manakamana, Kāle and Kāle (pronounced kah-lay) exposes the rootless occupation of the Gaine caste and communicates both its joys and pitfalls - domestic, economic and spiritual - in their daily lives...
Monsoon-Reflections (Orig.) / 2008 / Nepal, United States / 23 min
A deeply felt reflection on labor, gender, and fleeting pleasures in rural Nepal, filmmaker Stephanie Spray's short but powerful documentary on two strong-willed female field hands captures the monotonous and arduous nature of their work during Monsoon season. Spray's close friendships with the women (who were also passengers in Spray and Velez' monumental film Manakamana) allows for an intimacy and honesty rarely seen in anthropological works...
Untitled (Orig.) / 2010 / Nepal, United States / 14 min
A revealing one-shot portrait of two Nepali newlyweds in a moment of rest and playful interaction, Stephanie Spray's Untitled challenges our perception of two themes at the very core of ethnographic filmmaking: human relationships and the ways in which they can be experienced by the viewer...