Wynne Ryan (Greenwood),
1,2,3 This Is Me
March 25, 2013
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I can’t remember exactly, but I think I found out about Joanie 4 Jackie through Chainsaw Records probably around 1996-97. I was 19 years old.
What interested you about the project?
When I heard about Joanie 4 Jackie, I was taking video and screenwriting classes at college. While it seemed like there was a community out there in the world for girls playing music (Riot Grrl), I was interested in the possibility of a similar community and network forming around other art forms, especially video. In addition to that desire, my video class was mostly guys and also mostly people wanting to go into feature or commercial filmmaking. I felt connected to and inspired by the experimental nature of a lot of the J4J work. Not only was it girls, it was girls making weird work.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
I definitely considered myself a video maker, though at the time I was questioning when a video could stop being a school project and start being an art project.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
From both then and now, Joanie 4 Jackie felt like it created space in the world. The chainletter thing of “If you do this, something will happen” was real. Looking back on J4J now, what I’m struck by is how relevant and needed it still feels.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was a big fan of Riot Grrl.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am an artist and a teacher. I teach video and performance!