Julie Perini is an artist working in experimental and documentary video, film, and installation. She has been making videos since she was a teenager poking around her house with her parents’ underused, oversized VHS camcorder. She still pokes around her house, and other people’s houses, with camera in hand. Julie lives in Portland, Oregon.
Julie Time, SD video, 1 minute, 2012
Quick editing of 120 shots and snappy sound provide viewers with an opportunity to dance their way through the daily life of the artist. For the past three years, Julie has been creating one Minute Movie each day, which is a 60-second, single take video. She catalogues, studies, and meditates on this material for use in other videos. Julie Time is made from Minute Movies.
306 Steps in Guanajuato, SD video, 1 minute 41 seconds, 2012
306 Steps in Guanajuato shows all of the steps between the city of Guanajuato’s downtown and El Pipila, an enormous monument to a hero of the Mexican War for Independence, located at the top of a mountain. The same footage is edited two ways: one is edited to communicate a slow, plodding journey up the steep steps, while the other edit shows a quick run down the same steps.
Girl Next Door, SD video, 19 minutes & 59 seconds, 2010
Girl Next Door uses strategies and techniques of the essay film, structural cinema, personal filmmaking and performance to tell the story of the process of creating a movie about the cluster of apartment dwellers surrounding the artist’s apartment. The piece deploys three types of interviews: two with actual neighbors, two with paid actors, and two with people whose life circumstances might resemble those of the neighbors.
White Lady Diaries, SD video, 5 minutes, 2013
White Lady Diaries is a personal, experimental documentary that explores white racial identity in the present-day United States through close observation of the everyday life activities of the artist. Racial privileges that are typically difficult to see come to the surface in this gentle but critical examination of one particular white life.
Nebraska Diaries: #1 Nebraska Diaries: #2 Nebraska Diaries: #3 SD video, 2013, These are in-progress!
They have a name for girls like me, SD video, 8 minutes & growing, 2007 – ongoing
They have a name for girls like me. uses appropriated material from films with characters named Julie. All of the appropriated film’s footage is edited out except for moments when a character utters the word, “Julie.” This creates an exhausting repetition of the one word, Julie, while also offering viewers a frenzied cross-section of global fiction narrative film. Each time the video screens, another Julie film is cut and added to the piece.