The Sweatpants Theory
January 28, 2017
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was 19 or 20, working in a record store as the punk rock music buyer and going to college. I believe I saw an ad for the project in one of the zines we carried, and definitely carried the Joanie 4 Jackie tapes in the store.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I mostly made fun projects with my friends when we were hanging out. I knew I would always pursue a job in some production related or web development role, but never thought I’d be where I am now. I’ve since continued to make projects with my friends, and managed to create a career out of it.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Emily and I went to the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio to see Miranda July at a small screening (of the Some Kind of Loving Tape) and were too shy to talk to her at the end. I later saw part of the same tape at a class Astria Suparak guest lectured in when I was in grad school at SVA in New York – a Shelly Silver class.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
At the time I thought it was a really interesting project and an exciting way to collaborate with strangers – almost like an exquisite corpse drawing and a mix tape combined. In retrospect, it was a stepping stone to realizing that there was an audience and community for the kinds of films I wanted to make. I made a couple more short films, they started screening at various micro cinemas and screenings in Ohio. A year or two later I moved to New York to get my MFA.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am a professor in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.