Passion is a Red Dress Ripping
February 19, 2016
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
This was 1998 and I forget how I was approached. Via letter (!) I think…? I was fresh out of film school at the University of Texas.
What interested you about the project?
We were all making super 8 films and zines at the time. Joanie 4 Jackie felt like a natural extension of the creative community I was in. Austin may not have been as political as other cities of the time but it was a wonderful creative nook for women and queers and odd folks of all stripes. Maybe because of its resistance to easy politics it felt like a great place to explore. And giving your film for free to a chain letter was part of the zeitgeist.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I was just starting to make films but I was shooting a lot of music. I thought it would go on forever, this DIY creative feeling which Joanie 4 Jackie was part of. And I suppose it has but the physical craft aspect is diminished as things go on the internet.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
It was originally shot for an in situ collective film series held on Valentine’s Day at the old Ritz Theater on 6th Street in Austin. The screening was called “50 Feet of Love” and everyone made their films by editing in-camera as they shot their film.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I loved that there was a place for young women filmmakers to come together around film. It felt like being part of a secret society of creatives.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
In Austin, some of us performed in Metamorphosex with Annie Sprinkle and were hugely influenced by her as well as Linda Montano who was teaching in the Art Dept at UT. Research Publication’s “Angry Women” was very meaningful and bell hooks, lydia lunch, and Diamonda Galas were inspiring. Friends were also active in the Lesbian Avengers and the music scene was quite important to most of us – which included such phenomenal bands as Biscuit’s Swine King, Power Snatch, The Horsies, Gretchen Phillips, Ed Hall, Pocket Fishermen and on and on. Some of us co-founded The Performance Art Church (PeaCh) and we did numerous performances in rock clubs all over Austin. The other founders Fausto Fernos, Sheelah Murthy, and Diana Garcia were all coming from music as a big inspiration as well.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I work in documentary and television as a director/producer. I made two music docs, one about Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields and one about Le Tigre on tour. I’m currently pitching tv show ideas and making another music doc about composer Sxip Shirey. I also wrote a script with Craig Harwood about the first famous transsexual Christine Jorgensen which is being shopped around to producers.
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
All the movies online!