Josephine Decker

Wednesday, April 25
Lecture: "Creating the Ensemble"
3:00–5:00pm: Noble Lounge
We often think of directing as focusing on an actor's individual performance and bringing out their best work.  But acting happens in relation to others. In this workshop, students will work together on ensemble-building exercises that bring out each actor's relationship to other actors, creating a more complex dynamic that gets performers out of their heads and into the life of their work. 

7:00 pm: Savoy

Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, JOSEPHINE DECKER premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 and theatrically in NYC. Her film “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” starring Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, Sophie Traub, and Kristin Slaysman and inspired by a character from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, balances horror, beauty, and intimacy as an erotic thriller set in the wilds of Kentucky and was said by The New Yorker to be ushering in a "new grammar" of narrative. The film won the Independent Visions Award at Sarasota Film Fest, Emerging Filmmaker Award at IndieMemphis and Best Narrative Feature Award at Dallas VideoFest.

Her first feature "Butter on the Latch" -- called “a sexy, wild romp you have to see to believe” by Indiewire and "an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination" by The New Yorker -- is set at a real-life Balkan folk song and dance camp. The film, based on a Balkan folk song, explores the dark intimacy and neuroses of a female friendship.

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 rave reviews 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.   

THIS YEAR, Josephine’s newest film, MADELINE’S MADELINE was selected in the NEXT category, which Sundance distinguishes as, “Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling… Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.”

IndieWire, has called MADELINE’S MADELINE a “mind-scrambling masterpiece… one of the freshest and most exciting films of the 21st century.”