Mulder geeking aside, her awesomeness is also neither the fact that she was in Eraserhead as a young girl (bad move to watch that movie on shrooms, hahaha!!), or the fact that she wrote Laura Palmers diary. I mean, guh...Twin Peaks awesomeness!! But that is STILL not why she's truly awesome. The reason why my fellow Jen is so awesome, is because she embraces her unique imagination. She looks at things and sees more than just an object, she sees a story. Now what inspired this post was that she's been posting pictures whilst she's out at night under the #nightwalk, usually with little light, or the flash of a camera lighting up random sections of trees, and then coming up with little stories to go along with them. She's also started doing a series of #daywalk ones too, and I absolutely love them.
Oooh, and random Jen pic from my Instagram pictured below - whilst flicking through old Empire magazines I had found an interview with Jen which totally put a smile on my face. This chick's a fucking bad ass, I love her!! :)
After so many years of being away from filmmaking, how did you get the opportunity to make Surveillance?Such a long story. The quick version is that I had been producing short films and doing a lot of writing and had a great writer’s group with a bunch of friends and I was looking to get back to doing stuff. One of the guys in my group asked me to read this script he’d written, so I asked him, “Do you want me to read this as a friend or as a writer?” He said “Both.” It was a script about witches and it had some interesting ideas in it, but I had some notes, which pissed him off a little bit. I got the response, “So what would you fucking do with it?” So I said, “Well, I’d do this” and so I wrote Surveillance. People really liked the script but I wasn’t getting anywhere with it. Then one night my father called me and said “You’re the sickest bitch I know! You can’t end it this way.” And I said “Sure I can.” But it was at his beseeching that I wrote an alternate ending, which I shot but knew I would never keep in the film. He called a few months later and asked me “So what the hell is going on with your movie?” I said, “Zilch. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been 15 years or the subject matter or what, but people are scared.” And he said, “Alright, well, you’ll probably say ‘No’ to this, but what do you think would happen if I put my name on as executive producer?” And I said, “No fucking way. You don’t think I get enough shit for being your daughter in the first place?” But he said, “I really like this movie and I want to see it get made. We’ll do an experiment. We’ll put my name on the cover as an executive producer and we’ll just see what happens.” Within 24 hours, I had offers. It was the most disgusting but amazing thing ever. It’s ridiculous how suddenly legitimizing a name like that can be. So I went and made the film, went back and showed it to him, asked if I could use a song, he said “Yes,” and thus was born Surveillance.
Keep on being awesome Jen, and I shall keep on beng inspired to not give a fuck when people think I'm being strange for my overactive imagination. :)