Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life
October 1, 2016
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was contacted by the curators after my short film screened at Sundance in 1999. I was 24 or 25 at the time.
What interested you about the project?
The quality of the films included. They were all interesting, edgy and original. And they were all made by women! And I was also a fan of Miranda July’s work, so her involvement was an additional attraction.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I considered myself a budding filmmaker at that time. I was just finishing film school (an MFA at NYU) and my short “Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life” was in fact a student film. So at the time I had made several short films but I hadn’t made a feature yet.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I thought it was a great collection of work and I was honored to be included. In retrospect I feel the same!
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was and have always been inspired by the short films of Man Ray, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel and Kenneth Anger. In terms of more contemporary short/experimental film and video makers I was inspired by Miranda July, Nick Zedd, Bruce Conner, Bill Viola, Laurie Anderson, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Mike Kelley and many others.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am still a filmmaker but I make more traditional narrative and documentary features now. I have made three documentary features- Children of the Street, Saint Death, Chuy, The Wolf Man, and two narrative features- The Favor and The Blue Eyes. My next narrative feature will be produced by Vice Films and is titled Animalia.