WomenCinemakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Bonnie Lee Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Bonnie draws in a whimsical, quirky, and playful style. Her drawings communicate stories that are full of life, experiences, and insight. They are delightful and funny in a evocative yet simple way. Though the drawings are simple on the surface, they have many layers underneath, like an onion. People are often sucked into her stories, because they are human experiences that everyone can relate to. They have a sense of depth and an element of selfsurveillance."

An interview by Francis L. Quettier

school, I have met some of the most incredible teachers of my life.

and Dora S. Tennant

Hello Bonnie and welcome to WomenCinemakers: to start this interview, we would ask you a couple of question about your background. Are there any experiences that did particularly influence your evolution as a filmmaker? Could you tell us your biggest influence and how did they affect your work?

My earlier influences were fine artists and performance artists like James Luna, Rirkrit Riravanija, and Christine Hill. Their integration of art and life is seamless to me. More recently, I’m inspired by William Kentridge charcoal videos and Marie-Margaux (Margo) Tsakiri-Scanatovits from the Moth Collective in London. Kentridge talked about the violent events that took place around him in African; Margo’s personal project about her mother through a series of blind contour drawing is impactful to me.

Yes, I was a fine artist prior to being a primary teacher for over 10 years. Having been a teacher for so long made me a better student. Four years ago, I decided to take a break from teaching to go back to school. These past three years in art

For this special edition of WomenCinemakers we have selected , a captivating short animation video that our readers have already started to get to know in the introductory pages of this article and