Where is She Now?

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Marianna Milhorat, Against Soft Earth
January 30, 2017

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
Curator Astria Suparak was a guest artist in a film class I was taking at Concordia University in Montréal.

What interested you about the project?
I was interested in the relative directness of sharing work with other women in an unadjudicated format and the intimacy of watching their work by myself on my living room VCR.

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I was an undergrad studying film, figuring out exactly what I was interested in making.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Breaking into my grandparents’ old cottage, huddling with my friends in a single bed to keep warm. Having my friends drag a dolly and tracks two miles through the woods for a 10 second shot. Jumping into a cold November beaver swamp, worrying about leaches while on my period, shivering under many blankets.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
We need more women-led projects and women-focused curation. We need more non-curated and unadjudicated programming! Direct connections between artists!

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was learning about diary filmmaking at the time and was a big fan of Sadie Benning.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I’m a filmmaker and educator in Chicago. I teach at SAIC and Loyola University.