[Editor's Note: The etherial drama Mary Marie is out on DVD this coming Tuesday. In case you missed it, be sure to check out Prof. C's interview with queer writer-director-star Alexandra Roxo from 2011 below.]
Alexandra Roxo is a Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker working in a number of different genres across diverse visual mediums. She studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and photographs, shoots fashion shorts for designers, writes experimental films, and blogs for a variety of art film websites. I love hanging out with Roxo because she’s driven and intense while simultaneously possessing a comfortable (and comforting) intelligence. When her first full-length narrative film was accepted to the Brooklyn Film Festival, I knew VP had to score an interview. You can buy tickets to the June 4 BFF premiere of Mary Marie here. If you can’t attend, consider offering your support through the painless liking process on facebook here.
First off, tell us a little about yourself: where you're from, who your biggest inspirations are, more about your hair and awesome last name.
I was born in Miami grew up in Marietta, Georgia. My last name Roxo is Brazilian--it means "purple" in Portuguese. My dad is Brazilian. I don't know where the curls come from really. My dad had a legit fro in the 70s. His hair is like a Brillo pad so I guess I got lucky! But I hated it growing up. I fried it with a straightening iron until I was like 16. Now when I'm on the subway and people are staring at me hard, I'm like "Do I have food on my face?" And then I remember, "Oh I have crazy hair."
My biggest inspirations are artists who take risks--I've always loved artists like Shirin Neshat, Ana Mendieta, Karen Finley, Francesca Woodman, Barbara Hammer... Those feminist ladies never go outta style for me.
Congratulations on being an official selection in the Brooklyn Film Festival! Let's talk about the film. I've read the synopsis for Mary Marie--and it appears to be a timeless but also queer plot (a la dramatic sisterly bonds and romantic triangulation)--but what is this film about for you?
The film is about the closeness that can happen between two