Josephine Decker's BUTTER ON THE LATCH and THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY Set for 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
Having started her career in documentaries, helping to produce for A&E, ABC and Discovery, Josephine Decker often builds her work from improvisation and collaboration with real communities. In addition to making her own work, Josephine Decker spent the past two years acting in films by directors like Joe Swanberg, Onur Tukel, Adam Wingard and Spencer Parsons, producing short videos for United Way, and creative producing a doc for performance artist Sarah Small.
In 2008, Josephine directed the documentary feature Bi The Way, exploring the rise of bisexuality in America and available on Logo and Netflix. The film screened at SXSW, Silverdocs, and about 100 festivals worldwide and received write?ups in The Austin Chronicle, Curve Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News, among others. Josephine's short films and music videos have played at MoMA, SXSW, Cucalorus, Maryland, and Austin Film Festival, have won children's programming awards, and can be seen on PBS and Kidzbop. Her short "Me The Terrible," about a child pirate who tries to conquer New York City, received a glowing review in The New Yorker.
Fortunate to be collaborating with artists she admires, Josephine also raises awareness about environmental issues through her performance art.
This exciting double-bill of Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely will be a return to Berlin for Josephine, as she played one of the lead roles in Joe Swanberg's Art History, which premiered in Berlin in 2011.
Butter ON THE LATCH
(Acquisition Title / Paradigm)
Written and Directed by: Josephine Decker
Cast: Sarah Small, Isolde Chae-Lawrence, Charlie Hewson
Josephine Decker's Sinister folktale is set in the dark Californian forest of Mendocino, where a Balkan folk festival is taking place. Sarah (Sarah Small) surprises her friend Isolde (Isolde Chae-Lawrence) by visiting her at the camp, and the two of them enjoy learning about the mythical stories from those faraway lands, practicing traditional song and dance and chit-chatting on their torch-lit journeys back to the tiny cottage where they sleep. Sarah encounters a handsome guy during one of their carefree moments and decides to seduce him - slowly and over the course of several days. Obscure feelings begin to disrupt her behavior while she makes her advances, and she almost forgets about Isolde as she is dragged deeper and deeper into the mythical world being played out in front of her by the other festival guests. Ashley Connor's refreshing cinematography and Decker's own freestyle editing - at times experimental, at times tranquil and contemplative - articulate the eerie underworld simmering in Sarah's unstable psyche. What begins as an innocent visit to the forest soon gives way to a confusing mind-trip, where reality and mythology become inextricably linked.