November 28, 2017
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I don’t remember. Probably a flyer. I was 36. I was a film student in New York.
What interested you about the project?
SLIP was my first short film project, shot on 16mm. I wanted to reach as many viewers as possible. Sharing my work with a group of like-minded female filmmakers seemed challenging.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I was a student filmmaker at the time.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
During my research for SLIP, I was hanging out at New York’s strip clubs: Pussycat Lounge, New York Dolls, Billy’s Topless, Sally’s, or Baby Doll Lounge which can be seen in the opening shot. At the time none of these locations were willing to collaborate with a filmmaker. The city of New York had already started to clean up the industry and publicity was not welcome. As a result, most of SLIP was shot on a tiny set that I built in the garage of a friend in Connecticut. Other locations included my studio on the fifth floor of the original Chelsea Hotel. Sadly the main actor Jeffrey Irgens died of cancer only a few years later.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I was and still am proud to be part of the project. I still own two copies of the original VHS Silver Chainletter.
If you attended a screening, can you tell us where and when it was and anything else you remember about it?
I remember attending a screening in SoHo, New York, where I met with Miranda July. However, I don’t recall any details.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
Before studying film, I received my Master’s Degree in Architecture from the ETH Zürich in Switzerland, where I worked as an architect for several years. I continued my work in independent filmmaking as a camera assistant, director of photography and assistant to the director. For the past ten years, I primarily worked as a journalist. Since 2009, I have been the photo and casting director of Switzerland’s leading women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine annabelle. Through my company POZZIBLE I provide creative consulting services in media and advertising.
I am also the founder of OBODNY, a project with the mission to empower kids, teens and young adults through skateboarding.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at this time in your life?
I was a resident at the Chelsea Hotel from 1993-2001. Hanging out in the lobby and talking to my neighbors was a lot of inspiration. At night I took extended walks around Manhattan and often ended up having a late night snack at Florent in the old Meatpacking District. Back then one could browse 24/7 at St. Mark’s Bookstore. Kim’s Video around the corner had a never ending supply of rare foreign films for rent. It was an analog world.
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
I would like to see SLIP not only as a screenshot, but as a streaming video.