QWFF Film Project:“The Listening Tour” Editorial and Direction: Efrain Gantus and Donald Preston Cato Story Vignette:“Judith and Friends”, filmed at Modrak’s public artwork, “Endangered Fossils”, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York, November 2021 Film Released: January 6, 2022 Film Link:YouTube Description: “The Listening Tour” shares the stories of our resilient, compassionate, and hopeful community. The work will be archived in the Queens Memory Project (www.queensmemory.org) so that future generations may know how we kept hope alive. Queens World Film Festival will also share the work through public installations and screening events in 2022.
Interviewer: Farrin Chwalkowski, National Association of Women Artists Live Streamed: July 24, 2020 Interview link:YouTube Description: Judith Modrak engages in conversation about her work with Farrin Chwalkowski in this live streaming event from her NYC studio. The program is part of NAWA’s Art in Conversation weekly YouTube series which features award-winning NAWA artists. For more information about the program and the National Association of Women Artists, please visit: www.thenawa.org
Film Project:“Our Memories in Central Park” Director: Jake Alexander McAfee Filming Date: April 20, 2018 Film Link:YouTube Description: “Our Memories in Central Park” chronicles a one day event on April 20th, directed by Jake McAfee. “Our Memories” is an evolving audience participatory installation by sculptor Judith Modrak which is comprised of brain-inspired, translucent sculptures filled with colored “memory stones”. Recognizing the need to record one’s personal experience, these neuron inspired sculptures contain cavities in which the participants place a color-coded “memory stone” during opening events. Visitors recall a powerful memory and then share the memory by depositing it in a sculpture. The colors correspond to six primary emotions: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. This active act of recollection not only stirs up personal memories, it also physiologically generates a new collective memory.