Having started her career in documentaries, helping to produce for A&E, ABC and Discovery, Josephine Decker often builds her work from improvisation and collaboration with real communities. Her recent feature BUTTER ON THE LATCH- called “a sexy, wild romp you have to see to believe” by Indiewire and “an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination” by The New Yorker – is set at a real-life Balkan folk song and dance camp. The film, based on a Balkan folk song, explores the dark intimacy and neuroses of a female friendship, was included in Film Comment’s year-end list of Best Undistributed Films of 2013, and will have its international premiere at the Berlinale 2014. Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine has just completed her second narrative feature THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY. Starring Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, Sophie Traub and Kristin Slaysman and inspired by a character from John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” Thou Wast Mild and Lovely balances horror, beauty, and intimacy as an erotic thriller set in the wilds of Kentucky. The film will World Premiere at the Berlinale 2014.
In 2008, Josephine directed the documentary feature BI THE WAY, exploring the rise of bisexuality in America and available on Logo and Netflix. The film screened at SXSW, Silverdocs, and about 100 festivals worldwide and received write‐ups in The Austin Chronicle, Curve Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News, among others. Josephine’s short films and music videos have played at MoMA, SXSW, Cucalorus, Maryland, and Austin Film Festival, have won children’s programming awards, and can be seen on PBS and Kidzbop. Her short ME THE TERRIBLE, about a child pirate who tries to conquer New York City, received a glowing review in The New Yorker. Fortunate to be collaborating with artists she admires, Josephine Decker spent the past few years producing short videos for United Way, creative producing a doc for performance artist Sarah Small and acting in films by directors like Joe Swanberg, Onur Tukel and Spencer Parsons. Josephine also raises awareness about environmental issues through her performance art.
2014 Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, feature
2013 Butter on the Latch, feature
2011 Me The Terrible, short
2008 Bi The Way, feature documentary
2005 Naked Princeton, short