Vashti Stopher Klein

Hi! I’m a filmmaker, folk singer and songwriter in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

I come from a long legacy of musicians. My grandfather was founder/director of the Louisiana State University School of Music for over 30 years and my grandmother wrote the first Louisiana State Song, The Song of Louisiana. My father was also an accomplished musician who encouraged my singing, and after his sudden death, music was healing for me.

I began to sing locally in Maryland at charity events, the USO, and on open mic nights where I won a competition at the Cellar Door and was played on the radio. As I grew older, singing became like breathing to me.

When the responsibilities of adulthood and a filmmaking career took over my life, singing was put on the back burner for a while. Eventually, I returned to it and started working with a vocal coach, but as my excitement returned, I was faced with a crisis that could have ended my singing forever. Fortunately, I came through and emerged with a new view on life. I realized that today is truly all we have, and the time to realize one's dreams is now.

This profound experience left me inspired to produce artistic products that have positive rippling effects throughout the world, so I formed Butterfly Effect Productions, Inc. in 2012. I started writing and performing original music as well as folk and Irish ballads.

I released my first album, The Heart of Things, in 2014. I was fortunate to work with violist/pianist Mark Pfannschmidt who plays with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore; Chris Gamble, guitar player with Dangerous Curves; composer/pianist Roger Hooper of Roger Hooper Music; and internationally known clarinetist/saxophonist Reginald Jackson.

The following year, my album, Path to the Sun, Moon and Stars was born. The exceptionally talented musician, Roger Hooper, worked as co-arranger and pianist of eight songs on the album. I love to sing all kinds of music so my music ranges in style from a Kentucky farm, to a Gaelic pub, to a concert hall. I had the pleasure of recording at Omega Recording Studios again with cellist Adam Gonzalez, guitar player Mike Taylor with Empty Ecstasy, violinist/violist Caitlin Perdue, and Reginald Jackson joining again on clarinet.

I continue to write and perform and am in the final stages of publishing a book of poetry and music titled, The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer.

 

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Credits as a film producer, director, editor, and writer in the DC metro area include: Feature Films:  Honor & Glory, Co-producer; Undefeatable, Line Producer; Reflections of Evil (film trailer), Producer. Screenplay & Teleplay, Writer: Gracie's Passion, The Decision. Documentaries: The Stranger in Our Midst, Editor; Becoming Americans, Co-Producer/Editor; When the Heart Searches, Editor; Short Stories, Writer:  Mildred's Greatest Fear; The Prey; The Black Obelisk; SunMother-DreamGod; The Surgery; The Winnekawe Bear Book of Dreams and Poetry. Poetry:  Shall I?; Love in the Daylight Hours; Painted Pink Toenails; Night; Because You Love Me; The Value of Time. Videopoems: The Butterfly Effect; The Tiger's Vice.

A few of my film awards include: CINE Golden Eagle; Gold, Houston International Film/Video Festival; Blue Ribbon, American F/V Festival; Best Director, International Monitor Awards; Silver Hugo, Chicago International F/V Festival; Bronze, New York International F/V Festival.

I earned a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Maryland, an MA in Communications from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Film work also included:

Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington, DC: Taught Production Management for Documentary, Corporate and Feature Films, and Producing and Production Management in the graduate school; other courses taught: So, You Want to Make a Movie; Producing Low-Budget Feature Films.

President of Washington Film & Video Council: Developed monthly events with selected industry speakers for area filmmakers; and created workshops for producers, directors, writers and actors.

Editor and Publisher of the MovieMaker Network, a quarterly newsletter and production referral network that was formed to facilitate communication between independent feature filmmakers in the DC/MD/VA area.

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