OLIVE GOIL: Jacqueline Castel

I know that I have told you this before my friends, but I am telling it again – women directors rule!

Alas, there are still far too few of them, and that is why it is up to us all to give loud and long shout- outs, to the fine filmmakers of the female persuasion!

Today I am singing the praises of a lovely lady who creates the dreamiest music videos and experimental shorts, a mystical, magical sort of gal who has imagined alternate worlds and mysterious messaging for acts like Lola Jesus and Moon Duo.

Miss Jacqueline Castel studied at fine schools like CalArts and NYU and honed her directing skills by doing it, by commitment and exploration and experience. Over just the last few years, Jacqueline’s work has been featured internationally, on the BBC, MTV2, NME, The New York Times, Pitchfork, and VICE. Her short film work has been exhibited at The Director’s Guild of America, The Museum of the Moving Image, and SXSW.

Take a close look at her work and I think you’ll agree that Miss Castel has a voice all her own – a strange, slightly spooky, but utterly beautiful – aesthetic that reminds me of exotic lands and outer space and deep woods and high seas.

Miss Castel is a filmmaker that manages to create images you have never seen before, except for maybe in the deepest of dreams.

Live Olive: Interview with Cat Solen

Today is yet another very special day my dearest online readers, because I am oh so lucky enough to be interviewing one of my very favorite artists and filmmakers – the beautiful Cat Solen.

This gal has some seriously incredible talent, so sit back and behold! The maker of magical films, music videos and visual art, Cat has the kind of boundless imagination that inspires and excites and thrills.

Take a close look at the endless array of whimsical, lovely and heartbreakingly beautiful images that come out of her clever mind and you will be as smitten as I!

Miss Solen shares a few of her secrets below…

Q: What inspired you as a child artistically?

A: I think it started with a combination of my grandmother encouraging me to draw, and my parents showing me old movies. I didn’t come from a household full of avid art lovers. My folks, and their folks are very working class. I was lucky enough that they just happened to love classic cinema. As a kid, my Dad made me watch Citizen Kane, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, and National Velvet. My Mom made me watch musicals. I would go hang out with my grandmother and paint while watching soap operas. When I was finally old enough to be up late by myself (I was about 9 or 10) I would stay up all night watching Nick-at-Nite and drawing. I loved drawing so much that I started taking all types of art classes. I kept taking them until I graduated from The School of the Art Institute in 2003.

Q: What do you love most about the filmmaking process?

A: Making movies is all I want to do with my life. I love every single second of it more than I love anything in the world. I think that drawing storyboards and planning a look for a piece are my favorite parts of pre-production. As far as actual production goes I love being on set more than anything, it’s absolutely incredible to watch a group of experienced people on set. Everyone becomes a cog, a crucial part of a big machine. It’s very provocative and beautiful. It’s like things that I think you can only really see in nature. Like a beehive. Everyone is so focused on making this one thing work one tiny piece at a time, all with the bigger picture floating thickly in the air around everything. It’s truly the best thing in the world, to me.

In post, you get to the edit room and you get to make it all work! It’s like when you finally get to mop the floor after a giant spring-cleaning, or moving day. It feels like everything is settling perfectly. Like everything is going to be ok. Whenever I finish a project I think, “Man! That took so much of me! How did I do that? How will I ever do that again?” I go home, I fall asleep… And I wake up the next morning dying to start something new.

Q: Desert island movie?

A: Definitely Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Every time I see that movie, it’s like seeing it for the first time.

Diana Joy – The White Loop

 

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