event programmer at The Blinding Light!! Cinema
February 23, 2016
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was programming films at my second microcinema, The Blinding Light!! Cinema in Vancouver (Canada), Olympia and Portland aren’t so far away. There was a regular crossover with folks like Matt McCormick and Vanessa Renwick at the time, people who were touring their film work up and down the coast. I was running shows 6 nights a week so there was a lot of programming going on!
What interested you about the project?
Everything. The concept, the people, the graphics, the open source quality. And especially the films.
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 filmmaker, yes, and a programmer of films for my cinema as well as others.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
As a curator, I remember there being a rise to prominence of women making films at that time, and that the Chainletter Tapes were a part of that experimental Zeitgeist. I think I first showed them in mid-1999, a programming cycle that also included works by a slew of local women filmmakers including Mary Daniels, Ileana Pietrobruno, Kyath Battie, Claudia Morgado, Julia Kwan, Fumiko Kiyooka, Bo Myers, Camen Pollard, Sarah Butterfield, Seanna McPherson, Yasmin Karim, Ellie Epp, Sook Yin Lee, and Mina Shum. On top of these there were films presented by many out of towners including Maia Cybele Carpenter, Jeannie Liotta, Diane Bonder, Vanessa Renwick, Barbara Sternberg, Su Friedrich and plenty more. More Chainletter Tapes followed later that year and then came Joanie4Jackie and eventually The Swan Tool tour. Good times!
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I would love to see more of this kind of curating and programming, and I think there is a hunger for it, a great antidote to the bland of the mainstream.
If you attended a screening, can you tell us where and when it was and anything else you remember about it?
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
Pike Street Cinema in Seattle, Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema in SF, Owen O’Toole, Jeanne Liotta, Vanessa Renwick, Mike Hoolboom, Pixelvision, Anne Robertson, Sarah Jacobson, the Kuchars, Bruce Baillie, Arthur Lipsett, the list goes on and on…
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
Still making and showing films.
The archive for the BL!!C is here: www.blindinglight.com
My site: http://www.alexmackenzie.ca
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
This is a great resource and a beautiful marker of a time.
Well done, glad to have it webbed.