Past MCC Fellow Jane Gillooly debuts her new film, Suitcase of Love and Shame, in the Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 23. The local debut is at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston on March 30, 7 PM, with an artist talk to follow.
Recently, Sara Archambault of the LEF Foundation (a past funder of Jane and her work) posted a great Q&A with Jane on the new film and her filmmaking process. A sample:
Sara Archambault: You have a rich and diverse portfolio of work. It seems that you push yourself in new directions with each project. Can you talk a bit about your creative process?
Jane Gillooly: My interests are broad and therefore the style and substance of my work changes from one project to the next… I am generally drawn to non-fiction and I frequently produce long form films. I spend years researching, writing and producing. It is not uncommon for me to spend a year editing a film. When I finish a project I like to take a break and open myself up to what is next. This is why certain kinds of projects find me, because I make myself available to them. With Suitcase of Love and Shame I was consciously trying to work in a different way. I wanted to go back to my art roots and blend my interest in non-fiction and collage. I wanted to find a project that allowed me the liberty to be ingenious. I am thrilled that this film provided an opportunity to collage real documentation with research and fictional recreation.