JOAN premiered at the Portland Art Museum as a special event to open the 42nd annual NW Filmmakers’ Festival. Black and white, and silent, JOAN features a beautiful score – a string quartet – produced and composed by Mark Orton.
“Dir. Matt Schulte’s JOAN was a great opportunity for me as a composer: a black and white silent film with stunning imagery and a well-sculpted narrative – combined with a director open to musical and sonic exploration – that provided a perfect blank canvas on which to work.”
– Mark Orton, Composer
Set in a Conversion Therapy clinic, rather than a courtroom filled with judges, Joan defends herself from the clinic counselor’s attacks, foregrounding the gender identity issues implied in Dreyer’s masterpiece.
Written, produced, directed and edited by Matt Schulte
Starring Kira Distler as Joan, with John Branch, JJ Johnston and David Frank as the counselors.