Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe,
February 23, 2016
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I don’t remember how I heard about it, but it was probably an email or something online. I’m not sure when that was but I’d have been 50 when I participated.
What interested you about the project?
I’ve always liked projects that get off the ground more by collective enthusiasm and inspiration than by institutional support. Plus, I love Miranda July’s work in general, always.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I had begun designing websites at the time but yes, I still considered myself a filmmaker/media artist. My relationship to making movies was one of love.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
I filmed myself ironing at the Experimental Television Center and there turned the footage into a moving impressionist image of a laundress. Then my friend Tony Moore composed music for it. One of the pieces is called “Man’s Shirt”. That may be the only piece of music called “Man’s Shirt”.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I was really impressed. Now, I feel grateful to have been part of something that gathered together so much energy from so many people. My hat’s off to all the curators, and especially to Miranda July.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was involved with the Filmmakers’ Coop at the time, working with a great group of people on the board — MM Serra, Anne Hanavan, Lynne Sachs, Ghen Dennis, Bill Morrison, Bradley Eros, Marie Losier, John Mhiripiri, Joel Schlemowitz, Grahame Weinbren, Michael Gitlin and Donna Cameron. The collective energy of creative people working together to make more (and unconventional) opportunities for films to be seen was very inspiring.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
Designing websites has kind of taken over my life, though I do get some sleep.
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
I like everything there. I see some films have links to “Watch »” and think it would be great if there were more such links if the works are available online somewhere.