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259_pure&magicalpussypower: a documentary on Joanie 4 Jackie (2010) Directed by Vanessa Haroutunian

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018


pure&magicalpussypower: a documentary on Joanie 4 Jackie (2010)

Directed by Vanessa Haroutunian


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.


pure&magicalpussypower is a documentary about the history and impact of Joanie 4 Jackie, an all women's video chainletter project started by artist and filmmaker Miranda July in the 1990’s. Bard student Vanessa Haroutunian stumbled across Joanie 4 Jackie when it was in a period of repose – a pile of forgotten boxes in a room. Just a few years before Bard students had actively been making Chainletter compilations…but those students had all since graduated. Haroutunian’s excavation of Joanie 4 Jackie became her senior thesis, pure&magicalpussypower: a documentary on Joanie 4 Jackie. She also helped reestablish the J4J Tutorial at Bard, a credited class whose students digitized most of the material that is the basis for the J4J website. (40 min)



Vanessa Haroutunian received her B.A. in Film & Electronic Arts from Bard College and currently works for the non-profit arts organization Queer|Art. She is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, and producer. She has worked in various production and producing roles on Ira Sachs’s films Love is Strange (2014) and Little Men (2016), Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo’s webseries Be Here Nowish (2016) and Katherine Bernard’s short film CRUSH (2016). She has been working closely with Miranda July’s project Joanie4Jackie for the past nine years.


Also Screening:

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 (12:00 PM) / Sunday, October 7th, 2018 (12:00 PM)

Free with $5 suggested donation or FotoFocus Passport


FotoFocus at "The Mini: Cinema and Archive" is a curated exhibition for the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial: Open Archive. Now in its fourth iteration, the Biennial spans over 90 projects at museums, galleries, and universities across Greater Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; and features more than 400 artists, curators, and educators. The Open Archive theme emphasizes the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism, and examines our fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization, and interpretation. 

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Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.