Feb 17, 12:03 PM
Joanie 4 Jackie, Zoe Crosher brings Miranda July and Astria Suparak to Calarts during their Pacific Coast Tour, November 13, 2000.
“In 1995 Miranda July dropped out of college, moved to Portland, Oregon, and typed up a pamphlet that she imagined would be the start of a revolution of girls and women making movies and sharing them with each other. The pamphlet said: ‘A challenge and a promise: Lady, you send me your movie and I’ll send you the latest Big Miss Moviola Chainletter Tape.’
The Getty Research Institute acquired the entire “Joanie 4 Jackie” archive in 2017, which includes the DIY movies and video art that made up the chainletters, as well as videos and ephemera from related events in the 1990s and 200s.
Zoe Crosher organized an event at CalArts in November of 2007.
“Miranda July and Astria Suparak took Joanie 4 Jackie Co-Star #3, Some Kind of Loving, and July’s multimedia performance The Swan Tool on a fourteen-date tour up and down the Pacific Coast between Vancouver to Los Angeles. Just an hour long, Suparak’s Some Kind of Loving comprises of six shorts by five women and represents various ways to make movies – low-fi video, hand-processed super-8 film, optical printing, stop-motion animation and manipulated found footage.”
For more information on the entire project, please see here.