The Grass is Green: A collection of historic photographs on glass
In 1998, Craig Williams, then curator of the New York State Museum, realized that he had stumbled across a dream of a treasure. Collaborating with Darby Penney, a director with the NY State office of Mental health; Peter Stastny, a psychiatrist and documentary filmmaker who was then an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Rinzler, as photographer; a major exhibit at the New York State Museum was mounted in 2004, attended by over 600,000 visitors; a website,www.suitcaseexhibit.
Lisa Rinzler first studied painting at the Pratt Institute and then film at New York University. She has been the Director of Photography for dozens of feature films and documentaries including Ed Harris' Pollock (Vision Award, Women in Film Crystal Awards, 2000; Golden Frog nomination, Camerimage, 2000), the Hughes Brothers Menace II Society ( winner 1994 Independent Spirit Award for cinematography) and Dead Presidents, Three Seasons (Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival, 1999, Independent Spirit Award, best cinematography, 2000) and Wim Wenders' documentary,The Soul Of A Man (2004 Emmy for Cinematagraphy). She co-directed and produced (with Peter Stasny) In The House, three autobiographical stories written and performed by teenager's in a children's psychiatric hospital (winner Golden Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and Coney Island, Brooklyn and Death by Unnatural Causes (with Karen Bellone). She was a subject of two documentaries, Women Behind The Camera and Visions of Light.