MediaStorm Movies to Premiere at Galapagos

Love, life and family are the subjects of the two pieces created in collaboration between DUMBO's MediaStorm and photographers Phillip Toleando and Maggie Steber - two renowned photojournalists who turned the camera on themselves for a look at how they dealt with some of the most significant events in their lives.

A Shadow Remains

Phillip Toleando is an artist. His life has been marked by the passing of family. Each death diverting the river slightly. A Shadow Remains brings us through Toledano’s life as he considers the impact that love and loss have had on his life and the life of his family.

"I'm so clearly conscious of everything that they gave me now,” says Phillip. “Now that they're gone their shadow remains and I see what a strong and lengthy shadow that is.”

Rite of Passage

Maggie Steber is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist. She covered everything from fashion to war and completed stories in 62 different countries. She worked routinely for National Geographic, was the Director of Photography for the Miami Herald and taught at various universities and workshops.

Steber's Rite of Passage is about Steber taking care of her mother, Madje, who has dementia. When Madje’s dementia proved relentless, her daughter, photographer Maggie Steber, moved her life to care for her. Among the darkness, Maggie documented the beauty of a liberation from the roles she and her mother had learned to play—a discovery she felt gave her the mother she always wanted.

“This body of work is the most important one I have ever done,” says Maggie, “and will ever do. It’s Madje’s story, but really and truly, it’s my story.”

Steber funded her film through Kickstarter, and as of this writing has surpassed her goal of $10,000.

The world premier of these two movies will be on June 11th at Galapagos Art Space, with doors opening at 6:30pm, show starting at 7pm and a Q & A with the photographers to follow. For more information and to RSVP to this free screening, check out MediaStorm's Eventbrite page and their blog.

Photo from A Shadow Remains by Phillip Toleando, courtesy of MediaStorm.