Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

The Sugar Caneletter

Olivia Ciummo, Movie For Mum
March 22, 2013

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I feel like I heard about J4J when I was looking for other women making films and exploring artists.

What interested you about the project?
I remember being super excited about this project! The thought of sending around your work to other filmmakers who were making from similar experiences felt so right!

At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
YES! Yeah, I was a filmmaker, still am.

I was just about to finish undergrad, a production program in Pittsburgh PA where I was the only woman graduating from the program that year. I was making experimental works on 16 mm and had also started showing my work nationally in micro cinemas and art venues.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with the project?
I remember my friend Becky and I gave Miranda July our tape in person after one of her live performances in Pittsburgh Pa. A bit later I received correspondence that my friend Becky and I would be included! I remember getting in touch with some of the folks on the Sugar Caneletter. Eileen Maxson was it you or did we meet later?

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I loved it; I thought it was such an original way to connect with other filmmakers. In retrospect, I feel the same!

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
At the time I was working at Pittsburgh Filmmakers with T. Foley, one of my mentors and close friends on the Media Literacy Arts Education Program. Both she and the institution were great inspirations. I also was a huge fan of attending of Jefferson Presents, a local micro cinema where I got to see all the amazement of experimental film. I found my inspiration in friends, music, Jefferson Presents, teaching, filmmaking, traveling, Riot grrrl, throbbing gristle…really anything intense.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
These days I’m lucky enough to just be working on my art, making new film works, thinking + writing for a full length film, doing a residency and screening my stuff. Last year I taught in Higher Education, Film and Video Production + Time-based Arts.