April 4, 2017
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
A friend of a friend (I don’t even remember her name now) told me to send in my video. I was 26, and living in Berkeley.
What interested you about the project?
A feminist video chainletter? Yes! Say no more, I’m in.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
No. I considered myself an artist. I was enrolled in a low-residency MFA program (what is now called Vermont College of Fine Arts), while I was learning on a steep part of the learning curve I felt lost in my personal life. I guess in retrospect, I was going through a growth spurt and it was overwhelming. Wait, change that. I considered myself wanting to be an artist, or wanting to be validated as an artist.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
Well, based on the title, it was obviously about a night time, waiting, hoping to see a boy who I would now love to leave unnamed; but I was young and naive and put people’s names in the title of art works.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
Actually, I moved from Berkeley sooner than my video landed in the chainletter, so I never did receive my version of Me and My. I’m not entirely sure how I found out (probably a web search) that I was included in that one. I was a 20-something, lost, feminist nomad. Naturally, I loved the idea of these things but didn’t have it in me to follow-up. I’m delighted to see this website do the hard work of cataloging and preserving the past.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
I was first and foremost a nerdy grrl, and I loved (still love) music. I think at that time I was more interested in music and identity through attachments to music scenes than anything else. I bent more towards the softer tones of Galaxy 500/Luna and Elliott Smith than some of the Riot Grrl bands. I loved Sleater-Kinney, I wanted to love Bikini Kill (and Sonic Youth, too, for that matter), because I respected what they were doing, but sonically it wasn’t for me. At the time that I sent in my video (must have been around 1999 or 2000), I was just reading Barthes and Foucault for the first time; I was reading Greil Marcus’ Lipstick Traces and a book I loved called “Performance Artists Talking in the 80s.” I saw Karen Finley perform in San Francisco. I remember her naked, rolling around the floor in honey.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I’m a new media artist, and I’m an associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas. I’m also a mom of twin (right now, 4 year old) boys, and I hope I can help them become gentle feminists.
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?
I’m so happy that this site exists.