Where is She Now?

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Lisa Hammer, Empire of Ache
February 19, 2016

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was approached by Miranda July after showing Empire of Ache at many festivals. I was 33. I instantly knew it was a wonderful thing to be a part of.

What interested you about the project?
I love the collection of womens’ voices together in a time capsule. I love the fact that it doesn’t care about breaking into the patriarchy of Hollywood- it blazes its own trail.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I had been a filmmaker for about 10 years and I had always wanted to be included in art gallery shows more than being a famous Hollywood director. My films have always been surreal, experimental and funny, and definitely quirky.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Dame Darcy and I created the costumes and props with found objects from our friends vintage stores and from the street. Back in those days you could often find really interesting and useful art supplies on the streets. Darcy also got us funded by two Wall street CEOs named Pinky and Pansy who became her patrons and slaves. We also shot in glorious 4x b&w super-8 film using only in-camera effects like dissolves and double exposures. One of the human puppets became famous on Broadway starring in Rent and the other two-headed human puppet was played by a 9 year old girl and a grown mailman kneeling on the floor to match her height.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I thought it was a wonderful gesture for one female filmmaker to help SO MANY of us to get our work out into the world and to make us feel that our work was important. Now I’m so honored to be a part of this project.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was watching a lot of German Expressionist fairy tale films, Maya Deren films and John Waters films. I was also part of a Goth-Victorian-Retro movement in NYC throughout the 90’s and naughties and we were creating a lot of films, music and art and collaborating with each other. I was working with Masters of Super-8 and other independent film organizations.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am still a director: my new feature film The Sisters Plotz is premiering at The American Cinematheque/Egyptian Theater in LA in May 2016. I also write, sing, edit and act, and my voice is used on a Cartoon Network show “The Venture Bros” where I play Triana Orpheus. My husband Levi and I are launching an original series “Maybe Sunshine” in April, the show is about me trying to re-start my rock career in NY at age 48. The show is a comedy and features our band Radiana. It focuses on the delights of aging and trying to remain relevant as an artist.

Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
Maybe a poster for each film? Or photo of the filmmaker?H