Wassaic Project Film Festival, Wassaic NY

A Goldfish Documentary

2013, 7:36

Directed, Produced, and Edited by Elizabeth Stehling and Steve Snell

Music by Mark Rice and Eric Kocher

How does one transport goldfish across the country in a safe way that won't spill water all over the car and will be safe for the well being of the fish? A Goldfish Documentary tells the story of Noodles and Tony P, two small goldfish from the Great Plains of Nebraska, and their journey to the hamlet of Wassaic, NY.



Created by Elizabeth Stehling and Steve Snell

It is a wooden goldfish travel box designed to contain a small fishbowl. A lid can go on top to prevent splashes when on-the-go.

A Goldfish Documentary is the first collaborative short film by artists Elizabeth Stehling and Steve Snell.

Elizabeth Stehling, Co-director, producer, writer, editor
Elizabeth Stehling grew up riding horses and going to contra dances in the foothills of Appalachia. Her recent accomplishments as a filmmaker have taken her to the Currents New Media Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Omaha Film Festival and more.  She has been awarded artist residencies at the Wassaic Project, the Rensing Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, where she now serves as the Program Director.  Elizabeth graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with her MFA in 2010 and received her BA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2005. She currently lives and works in Nebraska City and Kansas City.

Steve Snell, Co-director, producer, writer, editor
Steve Snell grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio where he watched a ton of great television and often rode his bike to Taco Bell.  He is known for his ‘adventure art’ projects where he uses exciting and remarkable experiences as the basis for art.  He graduated from Miami University in 2006 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.S. in Art Education.  In 2011, Steve received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.  He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Hub-Bub, the Wassaic Project, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.  Steve is currently an Assistant Professor of Foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute.  His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States.  www.steve-snell.com


Mark Rice, Music
Mark Rice creates everything from prints and musical scores to sculpture under the umbrella of his company Goatmother Industrial.  He recently was Artist in Residence at Hub-Bub in South Carolina and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Aside from his visual and conceptual art pursuits, Rice is noted as a talented drummer, who has performed and recorded with a host of musical groups including: Magnolia Electric Company.  For his artwork and music visit http://goatmother.wordpress.com/  For the album heard in A Goldfish Documentary: http://thit.bandcamp.com/album/air-tight-soundtrack


Eric Kocher, Music
Originally from Baldwin, New York, Eric Kocher was recently an Artist-in-Residence at Hub-Bub in South Carolina after receiving his MFA from the University of Houston. He currently directs the AiR Program at Hub-Bub and also teaches at Wofford College and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Some of his poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Best New Poets 2011,Boston Review,Octopus and elsewhere.  He enjoys playing music and creating sounds in his spare time.  For the album heard in A Goldfish Documentary: http://thit.bandcamp.com/album/air-tight-soundtrack