March 24, 2013
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I think I was 19 or 20. Another student at Bard college that I thought was too cool to be my friend suggested I be a part of this mysterious chainletter/festival.
What interested you about the project?
It was the first time that I shared a film I had made within a semi public forum. I also felt like I had somehow gained entrance to this secret club of creators.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
This was one of the first “art films” I had made.. it started out as a joking gesture, but it seemed like something needed to communicate. I did not even know how to edit titles with iMovie, or how to even load the video onto any editing program, someone had to show me how to do that.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with the project?
I drew on my hand to make it look like a face. I had red marker stain on my skin for at least a week afterward.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
It made me feel powerful, like my vision was worth presenting, and I also loved the intimacy of sharing the work in this public/ private way. I feel really lucky to have had that experience, and to continue to have that experience in a way.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
Bard College, my friends, sleepless nights writing philosophy essays and wandering like a crazy person in the woods, thinking a lot about the possibility of earnestly and inventively expressing my truth.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I’m an artist, currently receiving a grant through a fellowship. I also operate a small artist run space with two friends and manage the education and family programs for a museum. I have been making many two minute films that I post on a Vimeo page when I can remember.