Sunday, 12 October 2008

it's stuff like this that makes we wish I could travel internationally more often. Part2...

Monday October 20 2008 7:30pm | 1131 Howe St.
www. cinematheque. bc. ca

Dear Joanie, I made a Movie: a survey of the Joanie4Jackie Chainletter Tapes from 1995-2007

Curated by Miranda July and Shauna McGarry, Programmed by Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk

Last June I visited The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The exhibit included a retrospective on Miranda July’s Joanie4Jackie Project (formerly Big Miss Moviola). As an independent distribution system and feminist art project Joanie4Jackie invited women filmmakers and video artists to submit their completed works which were then compiled onto a “Chainletter” tape of ten pieces in the order of their arrival. Each artist on a Chainletter tape received a copy of that tape and a corresponding booklet of letters written by the featured artists. In 12years Joanie4Jackie compiled 19 Chainletter tapes and three curated Co-Star tapes. As I stared down into the glass case that housed a decade of the project’s video cassettes, letters, and related ephemera, I felt proud to have contributed my teenage movies to such a monumental exchange, and nostalgic that at 27yrs old something that was so tangible, raw and experiential in my lifetime was already an untouchable museum piece. And yet Joanie4 Jackie's challenge and promise continues to live on in the hearts of everyone who waited patiently for their Chainletter tape in the mail.
We have adopted that promise and passed on the challenge to the girls and women that we teach and mentor to make, distribute, and screen their untold stories and dreams.
www. joanie4jackie. com - Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk

A Chainletter DVD of films and videos made by Women Media Artists who call, or have called Vancouver home, will be released at the screening, and available for sale. This compilation features the work of Dana Claxton, Leigh Fisher, Lisa G, Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk, Donna Lee, Terra Jean Long, Miriam Needoba, Helen Reed, Julie Saragosa, Maya Suess, Lyndsay Sung & Rafael Tsuchida, Donna Szoke, and Emma Waltraud Howes.

PROGRAM 102mins
Joanie4Jackie: A Quick Overview | USA 2007/Director: Shauna McGarry. 20mins.
Dear Mom | USA 1996/Director: Tammy Rae Carland. 3mins
Removed | USA 1999/Director: Naomi Uman. 6mins
How the Miracle of Masturbation Saved Me From Becoming a Teenage Space Alien | USA 1998/Director: Dulcie Clarkson. 21. 5mins
Cinderella +++ | USA 2002/Director: Eileen Maxson. 3. 5mins
Electronic Ballet | USA 1997/ Director: C. Ryder Cooley, Zoey Kroll. 2. 25mins
The Slow Escape | USA 1997/Director: Sativa Peterson. 20. 5mins
Toxic Shock | USA 1983/Director: Vanessa Renwick. 3mins
Atlanta | USA 1996/Director: Miranda July. 11mins
This is Sarah Nye | USA 2003/Director: Sarah Hanssen. 5mins

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