Where is She Now?

Chainletter Filmmakers:

The Break My Chainletter

Tex Clark, Radical Act
February 7, 2017

How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was 22 and I think Kathleen Hanna (who is in the movie) said I should mail it to Miranda. I did and she put it in her project.

What interested you about the project?
I wanted people to see my movie and I was particularly interested in all the art/music/culture coming out of Olympia at that moment. I was excited to be participating from afar.

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 college student and this was a senior project at Antioch College.

Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Interviewing Tribe 8 at the michigan womyn’s fest was historic and important in that tiny world because it was an inter-generational collision between radical feminist womyn’s folk music and political feminist punk. I was also excited to get the film into the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Outfest) and got to fly out and be a part of that.

What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I don’t think I am even now fully aware of the scope and extent of it. I was in one piece of it early on but then I got on to other things and didn’t pay attention. I’m looking forward to learning more about Joanie 4 Jackie and seeing more of the films.

What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was a college student at Antioch College and inspired by the homocore movement, women rocking in local scenes, and what was happening with the attention on the riot grrrl moment. I was watching a lot of documentaries in college about all sorts of topics. A director named Anne Bolin who did a film about scary white supremacists in the midwest called Blood in the Face was very helpful and made me think I could to a documentary.

What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am a federal public defender in Portland, Oregon. that keeps me very busy and I have toddler twins and so I don’t see many movies, let alone make them. Creatively, I’m still bursting with a love of music as a radio DJ. I’m on KXRY Portland Xray.fm on Wednesday nights at 7pm PST. I play a lot of emerging female musicians mixed in with straight up midwest rocknroll, psychedelic stuff, vintage west african, and music from the early 90s, and whatever else I find interesting. The show is called Circa Rad.