Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

The Chain of Love Letter

Sujin Lee, untitled video
March 24, 2013

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I found out about Miranda July first. I believe I picked up a copy of 10 Million Hours a Mile at the Whitney Museum of American Art. I loved the CD and I began to follow Miranda’s work. That’s how I found out about Joanie 4 Jackie. I was 23.

What interested you about the project?
Being on a tape with other women filmmakers/artists, put together by Miranda July.

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 graduate student majoring in studio art. I had been making videos for about a year. I was writing, performing, shooting and editing my own videos.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with the project?
This is how I got my video on the Chain of Love Letters tape. I went to see Miranda performing at the Knitting Factory in 2003. I gave her a videotape that had my work after the show and asked if she could look at my work. Miranda said yes. She wrote me an email some time later saying she watched my work and gave me feedback. Then asked if I wanted to put one of my videos on the upcoming chainletter tape. It was such a big encouragement. I am fond of this memory very much.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I thought and still think that it was such a wonderful project. I wish I had gotten more tapes. I only have the Chain of Love Letter and one of the Co-Star tapes.

If you attended a screening, can you tell us where and when it was and anything else you remember about it?
Unfortunately, I never attended a screening because I never heard about a screening happening. I wish I had.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
The Sidney Kahn Summer Institute at the Kitchen, Frances Richard, Lynn Book, Sigrid Hackenberg, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. I was seeing a lot of performance art and theater works in NYC.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am an artist making work with text, video and performance and I show my work nationally and internationally.

Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
I would like to see the links to all the participating artists’ websites.