Indie iconoclast Miranda July first stepped from the realm of performance art into film with her pioneering JOANIE 4 JACKIE project, in which she curated and distributed feminist video “chain letters” of underground movies made by women across the country. Originally dubbed BIG MISS MOVIEOLA, the project began with a pamphlet that read, “A challenge and a promise: Lady, you send me your movie and I’ll send you the latest Big Miss Moviola Chainletter Tape.” This selection gathers nine of the eclectic shorts that July compiled, along with a 2008 introduction by Shauna McGarry.
Directed by Sativa Peterson • 1998 • United States
In this film, made by Sativa Peterson in 1997, the narrator—a young radio DJ—contemplates the disappearance of twenty-three-year-old Pamela Ferguson, last seen leaving her job as a waitress at the Entré Restaurant in Winslow, Arizona.
Over the course of these two stop-motion films, made by Karen Yasinsky in 1999, a woman—with the help of a pair of ruby-red slippers—delves into her fantasies and confronts good and evil before returning safely to the reality of her life.