Casandra Stark

Casandra Stark Mele is a New York City underground Icon, considered one of the "principal players in the Cinema of Transgression" (Sabin 1999). She made all her films in the 1980’s and early 1990s under the name Casandra Stark. Since then she has added her real family name Mele to her professional name due to a deep connection she felt for her family roots. "Mele" is Italian for apple. Casandra grew up in Wallingford, Connecticut with the first name Rosanne and still answers to “Ro”. She is a dramatic vocalist and live performer as well as a painter and film maker. Her films often featured the music of one of her bands such as Menace Dement and/or the Trees a duo with guitarist and political scientist Frank Morales with whom Casandra has a child named Frankie. Her film The Anarchists was aired on Manhattan cable Television in 1992 and features the music of Missing Foundation. It was partly filmed in Naples, Italy (A city she refers to as Napoli) as well as New York.


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