Vashti Stopher Klein
Hi! I’m a filmmaker, folksinger, songwriter and author 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. 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. 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 of my life's priorities. 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 would have positive rippling effects throughout the world, so I formed Butterfly Effect Productions, Inc. in 2012. With the belief that poetry and music are healing, 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 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 love to sing a variety of music so my songs range in style from a Kentucky farm, to a Gaelic pub, to a concert hall. I continue to write and perform and have just published my first book, The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer. It is a magical story of healing told in poetry and music with enchanting artistic elements by Carol Collett Desert Studio. Preorder on Amazon Kindle and Paperback.
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. Videopoems: The Butterfly Effect; The Tiger's Vice; Book, The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer." (Preorder on Amazon Kindle and Paperback.)
A few of my film awards include the CINE Golden Eagle; Gold from the Houston International Film and Video Festival; Blue Ribbon from the American Film and Video Festival; Best Director, International Monitor Awards.
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.
My film work also included working as an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington, DC, where I taught production management and producing in the graduate school. I served as President of the Washington Film and Video Council where I developed monthly events for area filmmakers; and I was Editor and Publisher of the MovieMaker Network, a quarterly newsletter and production referral network in the DC/MD/VA area.