Josephine Decker

Said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” by The New Yorker, Josephine aims to spark curiosity and wonder in audiences through lively, spiritually rich character-driven films. Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker  just premiered both Butter on the Latch and her second narrative feature Thou Wast Mild and Lovely at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to some rave reviews. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely balances horror, beauty, and intimacy as an erotic thriller set in the wilds of Kentucky and was said by The New Yorker to be "so surprising in its details, so original in its visual invention, as to make most other movies seem shot by the numbers." The film has screened around the world and won Sarasota Film Festival's Independent Visions Award, Tangerine Entertainment’s prize for a rising female director and many other awards. Butter on the Latch, called "an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination, a pure high of invention," by The New Yorker and "a sexy wild romp you have to see to believe" by Indiewire and set at a real-life Balkan Camp, was based on a Bulgarian folk song and explores the dark intimacy and neuroses of a female friendship.  

Fortunate to be collaborating with artists she admires, Josephine Decker also directs music videos and short content for United Way and other non-profits, creates eco-focused performance art featured at the UN, on NPR, WNYC and The New York Times andacts.  She starred in films by directors like Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard, and her acting work has screened at Sundance, Berlinale, Los Angeles Film Festival, among others.  She is currently collaborating with producers Mel Eslyn, Lacey Leavitt and Katrina Lencek-Inagaki to write a feature film about the all-female Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra, of which she is a member, and this spring, she will direct a devised work collaboration written with 15 actors, one of the directors of Pig Iron Theatre Company and some very haunting pig masks. 

After graduating from Princeton University and helping to produce docs for A&E and Discovery for a few years, Josephine directed the documentary feature Bi The Way, exploring the rise of bisexuality in America.  Josephine’s films have screened at MoMA, SXSW, Silverdocs, and about 100 festivals worldwide and received rave reviews in The Austin Chronicle, Curve Magazine,The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News, among others. 

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

I would give it 3.5 stars if the interface allowed more precision. The visuals are beautiful and the director and actors succeed in building an atmosphere. But the narrative does...

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

I don't know why this film got a good review or why it won an award. Didn't like the photography, the out of focus and tight shots did not add...

Butter on the Latch

In a word, horrible. OR am I not in step with images with no purpose?

Butter on the Latch

This really blew me away. I've been kind of afraid to watch another one of Decker's films, or rewatch this one, because I don't know if I will be affected...

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

I didn't think this film worked very well at all, despite enjoying some of Decker's other films like "Butter on the latch" and "Uncle Kent". Although parts of it are...