Penny Lane, The Waiting Room
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I can’t recall how I found out about it. Maybe from a fellow student? I was an MFA student at the time. I was probably 24 or 25 years old.
What interested you about the project?
I remember thinking that it was cool that all I had to do was send in a tape and it would be circulated. I hadn’t really made anything that had circulated at that point. I barely knew anything about how distribution of video art / experimental film might even work. Also it seemed kinda cool in a punk-rock way.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I was a very insecure beginner, a student, and I didn’t have any faith at all that anything I was doing was worth doing, but somehow I was doing it.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Ugh, I hate that movie. It is not very good. I have more or less pretended it doesn’t exist for many years. 🙂
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
Just that it was such a cool and empowering idea.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am a filmmaker and professor of video art.