Tag: Josephine Decker

  • “Madeline’s Madeline” Makes Brilliant Order Out of Chaos

    “In all chaos there is a cosmos. In all disorder a secret order.” Experimental theater director Evangeline (Molly Parker) says this to her troubled teenage star Madeline (Helena Howard) early on in Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline, and it’s a sentiment the movie both takes to heart and persistently questions. Decker’s film, the best thing I […]

  • Miranda July, Josephine Decker, and Helena Howard on The Wild and Wonderful “Madeline’s Madeline”

    Madeline’s Madeline, directed by Josephine Decker and starring the electrifying newcomer Helena Howard, was one of the true revelations of the Sundance Film Festival: a dramatic film that had been developed through collaboration, and that embodied the tensions of its creation onscreen both narratively and formally. Of course, you don’t need to know anything about […]

  • “Madeline’s Madeline”: The Best Film I Saw at Sundance

    “In all chaos there is a cosmos. In all disorder a secret order.” Experimental theater director Evangeline (Molly Parker) says this to her troubled teenage star Madeline (Helena Howard) early on in Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline, and it’s a sentiment the movie both takes to heart and persistently questions. Decker’s film, the best thing I […]

  • Psychodrama Butter on the Latch Blurs the Lines Between Waking and Dream States

    Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker’s psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states. In Butter on the Latch, the first of her two 70-minute films opening at IFP Media Center, two women (Isolde Chae-Lawrence and Sarah Small, who improvised their dialogue) have their friendship tested during a Balkan festival/retreat near Mendocino, […]

  • The Cow POV Shots Aren’t the Only Great Thing in Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

    Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, the more structured and narrative-driven of Josephine Decker’s first two features, takes place on a farm run by gruff patriarch Jeremiah (Robert Longstreet) and his winsome daughter Sarah (Sophie Traub). The introduction of a hired hand (Joe Swanberg) whom Jeremiah openly distrusts creates a sort of triangular tension, much of […]

  • INTO THE WILD

    The Rural Route Film Festival seeks to highlight international works that take place not in the movie-friendly environs of a bustling city, but rather in far-off locales (farms, mountains, rural villages) that can be just as captivating. Like the programs of previous editions, this year’s 10th-annual lineup merges contemporary cinema (such as rising filmmaker Josephine […]

  • Joe Swanberg Is Making a Low-Budget Film in His Low-Budget Film Art History

    Throughout Art History—another origami dispatch from mumblecore associate Joe Swanberg’s inner circle—men ask Josephine Decker if she’s all right. The first time it happens, she has just tugged a condom down co-star Kent Osborne’s member during what turns out to be a film shoot. Looming by the bed with a low-slung camera, Swanberg calls cut […]