A Chat with Director Stephen Dest

Dest is a local filmmaker and theatre director whose debut feature film is screening at the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven this Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.


How did you first get involved in the arts?

I started out as an actor; I spent twenty years working in New York, along with doing a number of National Tours, before switching over to Directing full time. I was given a copy of WAITING FOR GODOT and the rest is [history].

What is your latest project? 

I  am currently directing three plays in the CT area and I am in pre-production with my second feature film, GRACE, scheduled to be filmed in late 2013 in New Haven.

What advice do you wish you'd received when you first got started? 

Enjoy the ride! It goes by fast.

Who are some local artists people should check out?

Silas Finch and Larry Morelli are two area Artist who's work is worth checking out. They both have their work represented in my current film MY BROTHER JACK and compliment the storyline of the film greatly. They both have studios in New Haven.


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