"There’s one primary relationship in every film: the relationship between the subject and the filmmaker... maybe when we’re performing we feel more like ourselves than we do in the ‘Real World'."
The beautiful thing about making art is the enormous possibility of failure. And I can only speak for myself, but I think the feeling that it’s never good enough or that it’s never right is probably a lot of what makes me work really, really hard, for a long time.
Part of Time Warner's 150 incubator, Sundance Institute's 2016 New Frontier Lab and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker has been said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” (The New Yorker). Her newest feature Madeline’s Madeline World Premiered at Sundance 2018 where it was called a “mind-scrambling masterpiece” by Indiewire and a “radical, breathtaking beauty” by The Village Voice. She premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to similarly rave reviews. The films were listed #2 and #10 on The New Yorker’s Top Ten List of 2014, played about a hundred festivals around the world, won Sarasota Film Festival’s Independent Visions Award, Tangerine Entertainment’s prize for a rising female director and many other awards.
Josephine comes from a documentary background; she helped to produce documentaries for A&E and Discovery before moving into indie film with her feature documentary Bi The Way (SXSW, MTV’s Logo and Netflix, 2008). She recently directed 20 short docs for the Museum of the City of New York and has directed content for United Way and other non-profits.
Thanks to the surreal elements of her work, she was selected to make a short as part of the dream-adaptation feature film collective: unconscious (SXSW Competition 2016), which has received over 500,000 views as part of its innovative free release on BitTorrent and Vimeo. Last fall, she incubated a dance film at Princeton University with Butoh choreographer Vangeline and students. Interested in melding unconventional movement and narrative, she loves to teach and work through collaboration with existing communities. Josephine spent a year in Pig Iron Theater’s Advanced Performance Training to study collaborative writing and regularly leads sessions of the innovative residency program The School of Making Thinking. She had the honor this past April of 2017 of creating a Virtual Reality piece in residency at Wolf Kino in Berlin. Her VR work has been incubated at Sundance New Frontier Lab and Oculus’ DevLab.