Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

The Sugar Caneletter

Erika Lari, In Either Direction
November 26, 2016

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I did my undergrad in Olympia, WA and was a big fan of Miranda July.

What interested you about the project?
The fact that I would see movies by other women and they would see mine. I thought it was a very inspired project.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
This was my first film. I’ve always loved film and this was my Masters project. I really wanted to experiment with editing and I considered myself a filmmaker, but a very amateur one.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
I filmed it in Greece on super 8. It was just me and some friends I met from school at Central Saint Martins in London. At the time, Athens was very cheap. When they saw an ‘American filmmaker’ with this funky little camera, people were so overly gracious. I almost felt bad. They were sending buskers out of shots. It was hilarious.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I thought it was great fun, but I didn’t think it would lead to exposure of the film. Now, I think otherwise.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
At the time, I was an overeducated kid working at a record store. I just kept going to movies. Primarily at the Olympia Film Society. That was about all I had.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I’m a graphic designer professionally. I’m working on a documentary about a 90s band from rural Washington. It’s the first project I’ve really taken on since In Either Direction and I’m really excited. https://m.facebook.com/TallToadDocumentary/

Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
A better copy of my movie!