Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

The Banana Cremeletter

Irene Yung, Photo Synthesis
October 2, 2016

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I went to a performance art piece by Miranda at the Middle East, I think it was, in Central Square in Cambridge around 1999/2000. I think she talked about it then. It’s been so long I can’t remember exactly. I was around 23.

What interested you about the project?
I loved that it was all women filmmakers and was excited to see other women’s work and have them see mine. I’ve always loved letters and at the time was involved in a true circle letter exchange with a few of my college friends.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I did not. I had made the short as my final project for video production college class and loved the process but didn’t identify as a filmmaker.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
I cast my two older sisters as the main roles and didn’t tell them the project was my final and that it was due in a few days–we filmed over thanksgiving break–because I didn’t want them to worry that I had procrastinated so long or be (more) nervous on camera.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I thought it was great and so amazing to be taken seriously as a participant by such an amazing thoughtful artist. I was hoping for more feedback but now that I’m older I see that she was dealing with so many people. I could have reached out but I didn’t. My own lack of confidence led to greater isolation when there was ample opportunity. It was great to be a part of.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
Wellesley College, bitch magazine, NYC Mayors Office for Film and TV, Sleater-Kinney

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
After a decade of not working in the film industry, I’ve returned to it for the past three years. I’ve been producing and directing, writing, doing some commercial/corporate stuff. A couple of personal projects. The timing of this could not be better as I’m just starting to identify as a filmmaker. This reminds me how much I’ve always loved it.