Writer/author/performance & visual artist/filmmaker/director/actor Miranda July is the ultimate ‘slashie’ and an incredible inspiration for aspiring creatives. Though according to her twitter account, she spends her time ‘divining the future of every single person…including you.’
Back before the success of her two feature-length films, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) and The Future (2011), Miranda was lonely, eager to learn, and longing to connect with other women. So she began an online project called Joanie 4 Jackie (previously known as Big Miss Moviola) – a video chain letter for female filmmakers to share their work.
The project became a beautiful support network and as one of the filmmakers interviewed describes it, “it was something special and different and kind of sacred…It was a little pod of love and hope.” Or as Miranda says, “Joanie 4 Jackie saved me, because I felt like I was part of something. That was my film school.”
The project is now archived at Bard College in New York where it continues to inspire and encourage budding female filmmakers.
For more Miranda, be sure to watch her latest film, The Future, which she wrote, directed, and starred in. It is a quirky and heartening take on life, love, individuality and the creation of art.
“I guess my favorite thing in the world is when I look at a piece of art, or read a story, or watch a movie where I walk away feeling like “Oh my god — I have to do something, I have to make something or talk to someone — things are not the same anymore” — and so I try to make work where you come away with that feeling. It’s like, yeah, you’re thinking about what you just saw, but even more than that — you feel able, you feel like, kind of propelled.”
- Miranda July