Best Of 2019

Best Cincinnati Visit By An Arts Celebrity: Miranda July at FotoFocus

Artist-writer-filmmaker Miranda July, the biggest name among the guests who appeared at Cincinnati’s 2018 FotoFocus Biennial, was positively inspirational in her conversation at Woodward Theater with filmmaker and Syracuse University film assistant professor Kelly Gallagher. She primarily devoted her talk to one of her lesser known but enormously important efforts, the Joanie 4 Jackie underground film network she started for girls and women in 1995. It encouraged them to make movies and connect with others doing the same by compiling the submissions on tapes that July sent to participants. It was empowering to hear her talk about how this provided a creative outlet — and an audience — for the women who were involved. Recognizing its importance to feminist and video history, the Getty Research Institute has acquired its archives.