Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

Me and my Chainletter

Jenny Stark, The First Day of The Beginning of the End of the World
January 30, 2017

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I found out about the Chainletter through Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas.

What interested you about the project?
The inclusiveness, the artists involved, and how intriguing the writing for the invitation was.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
Yes. I had just created my first narrative film and was making many smaller experimental films at the time.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
I was a photographer with no filmmaking experience when I made my first narrative (in grad school). Now I shudder a bit when I think about how little I knew, but I also think that my photography background informed my style.

The great German filmmaker/writer Hartmut Bitomsky would occasionally check in on my progress in the editing room. I remember my dog (and editing partner) Flora jumping on his lap.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
Honestly, after spending a year going through the process of film festival submissions, it was lovely to be a part of something so interesting and inclusive. My thoughts haven’t changed.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
Aurora Picture Show, PDX FF, Andrea Grover, Microcinemas. Like a lot of people, I was extremely outraged and inspired to make work about the terrifying events of the early aughts. I was and still am a big fan of a lot of the experimental film and video work from that time: Jim Finn, Jackie Goss, Bill Brown, Deborah Stratman, Miranda July etc.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I created and now run a Film program at California State University, Sacramento.

For the last several years I have made work about The California Delta–including a photography series, a documentary, and most recently a narrative called When You Leave.