FILM WORK

From 2005-2010 Janisse made a series of unofficial music documentaries, referred to by video artist Hope Peterson as “bibliodocs,” as they featured exclusively pre-existing footage with contextual intertitles or voiceover narration. These included Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth! (2005) based on the book by Kim Cooper and David Smay, My Autumn’s Done Come: The Lee Hazlewood Story (2006, narrated by Boyd Rice – for which Lee Hazlewood personally threatened Janisse with a lawsuit), Teen Routines: The Self-Made Magic of R. Stevie Moore (2010) and more.

Janisse was a producer on Mike Malloy’s feature documentary Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s (2012), Sean Hogan’s short horror film We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea (2017) and Mike McKinlay’s short documentary Tights Worship: The Processes of The Rita (2019).

In 2017 she began working with Severin Films as an editor and producer for their special features. This collaboration led to Janisse’s first feature as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror. In 2020 as a pandemic project, Janisse co-produced the documentary feature Tales of the Uncanny with David Gregory of Severin Films, interviewing over 60 filmmakers, critics and scholars about the history of the horror portmanteau film.

In 2019 Janisse participated in the restoration and re-release of Harry Nilsson’s 1971 animated TV movie The Point, offering the use of her personal 16mm film print and contributing to several of the bonus features for the 2020 MVD blu ray release as a producer and editor.

In 2019 and 2020 Janisse appeared as a guest speaker on the AMC series Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

In 2020 Janisse embarked on two collaborations as a writer with photographer Nick Knight, creating the fashion films S.W.A.L.K. and S.W.A.L.K. II for designer John Galliano and Maison Margiela for their 2020 Artisinal and Ready-to-Wear collections.


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