Director Miranda July shares the feminist film archive

With the project Joan 4 Jackie launched the American director Miranda July in the nineties, a network for independent female filmmakers. Over twenty years later, she posts it online.

Miranda July © GF

Also this year the Oscars a male-dominated happen. Only twenty percent of the nominees is female. Coincidence or not, but just now is a writer, actress, director and artist Miranda July with her project Joanie 4 Jackie to the outside. In 1995, she began, at the age of 21, a undergroundnetwerk with the intention of a revolution of female filmmakers to unleash. What the feminist Riot Grrrl movement at the time, did with music, she wanted to achieve with film. They did that on the basis of the then hippest form of communication: the chain letter. Women around the world sent through the post his own material and received in exchange a tape with ten movies returned; their own film together with nine other women.

Female resistance , When the project is more and more people reached, began July with the submitted films to go around for screenings and meetings in schools and galleries. The goal was simple but clear: feminine, feminist filmmakers to connect to together resist the prevailing vrouwonvriendelijke cinema. The meetings with these women continued to be a source of inspiration for Miranda July, who with films such as Me and You and Everyone We Know and the novel The First Bad Man on the brink of collapse. “We gave each other a powerful space that I still in my heart wear and where I also have built, are often confronted with evil and daunting misogynie,” says Miranda July on her Instagramaccount.

More than twenty years later, The Getty Research Institute, the complete archive in the hands, including boxes full of tapes, posters, letters and embarrassing notes, but also archival footage of artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Yvonne Rainer. You can all be found on the newly launched website

Jozefien Wouters

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