Katie Doane Avery

b. 1979 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CHOICE -

“I just feel like a young film­maker,” laughs writer and di­rec­tor Katie Doane Avery on the phone from her home in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. Af­ter a num­ber of years work­ing in the non-profit arts sec­tor, Avery made the jump be­hind the cam­era dur­ing her grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of the Arts and has al­ready worked on an im­pres­sive list of Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing Jill Soloway’s Transparen­t (2014–present).

Her the­sis film Polar Sun (2016) is a muted, tonal fam­ily drama in­ter­wo­ven with tra­di­tional Iñu­piaq sto­ries sur­round­ing the north­ern lights. This blend­ing of gen­res comes nat­u­rally for Avery. “In a lot of my work there is al­ways an as­pect of try­ing to nur­ture what my cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tion is through the story,” she ex­plains. Gen­tly, Jennifer (2018), her most re­cent short, is a hu­mor­ous 1980s-tinged, com­ing-of-age tale, where two girls dis­cover a porn mag­a­zine in a sib­ling’s room be­fore the ti­tle char­ac­ter is sucked into its pages. Here, she en­coun­ters Pucker’s tit­u­lar fig­ure in the midst of a tech­ni­colour fog as the dreamy synth sounds of “Safety Dance” fill the back­ground.

Though work on the film only re­cently fin­ished, Avery al­ready has her sights on the next project. From scripts in the works for a tale of an un­der­ground queer mafia in 1970s New York to a steam punk, alt-his­tor­i­cal epic lead by four Indige­nous women in the Old West, Avery’s cat­e­gory-de­fy­ing sto­ries con­tinue to challenge the stereo­typ­i­cal tropes that of­ten per­vade nar­ra­tive film­mak­ing. “I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in char­ac­ter-driven sto­ries. We spend so much time draw­ing lines or sep­a­rat­ing out people and be­lief sys­tems, but I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in open­ing that up for dis­cus­sion.” – Evan Pavka

Katie Doane Avery (b. 1979 Los An­ge­les) — Gen­tly, Jennifer (still) 2018 Video 9 min 30 sec COUR­TESY THE ARTIST

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