Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli - "So Pretty"
This programme item will be held in English.
Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli is a director, editor, colorist, and critic living in Brooklyn, New York. She has directed two features, So Pretty (2019), premiered at the Berlinale, and Empathy (2016), premiered at Marseille Festival of Documentary Film.
So Pretty follows four young queers in New York City who struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel so schön by Ronald M. Schernikau. An investigation of leftist politics and femme identity in the context of an increasingly right wing world, So Pretty moves freely between fictional depictions and semi-documentary, adaptation and translation, looking towards the artistic and personal worlds its characters generate across time and culture as a space for new tensions and potentials.
Empathy is a documentary film that follows a heroin-addicted professional escort as she moves between New York City, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. Combining frank images of the actual labor of sex work with intimate portraits of her interpersonal life, the film is an alternately humorous and harrowing look at a seldom depicted side of American life as well as a meditation on the performativity at the core of documentary filmmaking and the sex industry alike.
At Pride Stage, Rovinelli will walk us through her filmmaking practice and her experiences in film industry as a transgender director.