Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

Girafferator: A Chainletter

Courtney Kallas, Living Room
October 3, 2017

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
Our friend Julie Slater told us about the chain letters when we were making the film Living Room and then when we did a showing of Living Room at Bard College in Spring 2016 we realized we should submit the film — so we did after we got home from touring with the film in Summer 2016. I was 22 years old and Liz was 23 years old.

What interested you about the project?
That Joanie 4 Jackie was about creating community through distribution of film projects made by womyn.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
Liz and I considered ourselves filmmakers and we were very passionate about using ethnographic film as the medium to be a part of discourse around critical social theory and communities, however small or big, working towards radical social change.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
We were self-taught and we loved trying things out to connect what we were documenting to critical social theory somehow. Liz always loved to get a pop of color into the frame even if it seemed staged. I liked to be filmed talking through my thoughts. It makes me laugh now, but that’s what we made a point to do to “break the third wall.”

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
It was exciting and made our small film project feel more real. In retrospect, I am proud that our work was selected to be part of a chainletter. I had forgotten we were a part of Joanie 4 Jackie until I was able to get into my old livingroomdocumentary.org email account earlier today.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am a special educator/transition specialist. I have often used digital story telling as one way to reengage my students in the ideamaking process. There’s something about giving them the tools and skills to make a digital project, especially a “movie,” that motivates and energizes my students that are tired of school because it often makes them feel like they fail. If they create, there’s no failure only recognition and praise.

Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
If you could link the entry for Living Room in the chain letter to the film website: www.livingroomdocumentary.org THANK YOU!