Multimedia Makers

Printmaker and DJ Mary Tremonte

Mary Tremonte is a 33-year-old printmaker and DJ.  She is an artist with the Justseeds cooperative and a DJ with Operation Sappho, Pittsburgh’s celebrated queer dance party.  In this video portrait, Mary tells us a story about a close friend who struggled with medical bills.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Julie Sokolow


Conceptual Artist Rafael Abreu-Canedo

Rafael Abreu-Canedo is a 27-year-old conceptual artist whose work gives voice to the elusive abstractions and systems that shape our lives. In this video portrait, Rafael tells us a personal story that relates to why he stands for universal health care.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Tim Murray


Crafter, Quilter, and Activist Jude Vachon

Jude Vachon is a 47-year-old crafter, quilter, librarian, and activist.  She is also the founder of Be Well! Pittsburgh, a project connecting uninsured populations with health care resources.  In this video portrait, Jude shows us her art made with office supplies, demonstrates the majesty of quilting, and tells us about the inspiration behind the Be Well! project.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Julie Sokolow


Painter, Sculptor, and Costume Designer Allison Edwards

Allison Edwards is a 23-year-old painter, sculptor, and costume designer.  In this video portrait, Allison tells us about working with Cirque de Soliel, making stop motion puppets, and the struggles of being an artist without health insurance.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Sarah Huth
Camerawork and cinematography by Asher Marie Coffield


Painter and Installation Artist Sigh MeltingStar

Sigh MeltingStar is a 28-year-old artist who makes mixed media paintings, installation art, and performance art.  Sigh’s process includes scavenging supplies from trash and adorning paintings with Lisa Frank stickers.  In this video portrait, Sigh discusses his struggle living uninsured with Crohn’s disease.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Julie Sokolow


Conceptual Artist, Musician, and Crafter Jenn Gooch

Jenn Gooch is a 34-year-old artist, musician, and crafter.  In this video portrait, Jenn discusses her successful web-based community art project “One Cold Hand”.  Despite her artistic victories, Jenn suffered bankruptcy caused by medical bills.  This video tells her story.

Video produced, directed, and edited by Julie Sokolow


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