When Indiewire sat down with Parker Posey last July, the "Queen of the Indies" was both grateful for her experiences working with Woody Allen (she was in New York City promoting "Irrational Man" and can next be seen in Cannes opener "Cafe Society") and a bit apprehensive about the future of the industry. "You have to hit all these markets in your film if it's going to get produced these days, so this sort of sameness has started to saturate stories," she told us. "Things have become more technological, and where the indie film community was once sort of a safe place from that, now they're being asked to make things for the sake of making them."
Posey certainly isn't retreating from the indie film scene anytime soon — in addition to Allen's new film, she has Christopher Guest's "Mascots" and Jonathan Parker's "The Architect" lined up for this year — but she is adapting to the times by setting her sights on social media. "We're in a time of the screen that's being upstaged by everyone's little screens, and we're now in a culture that's addicted to distraction," she warned us over the summer, but it seems like her solution to this problem is to embrace the distraction head on and fuel artistic creativity through social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram. And with nearly 22,000 Instagram followers since launching on February 1, Posey is definitely on to something.
In a new W Magazine feature released yesteryday, Posey attributed the lack of money in independent film as the incentive to embrace new media. "I’m kind of a robot in a way. Or a Tron," she said. "I like the two worlds coming together in the Internet space which is so up for grabs...It all struck me when I heard about Twitter and Instagram, how it’s like notes you pass in class. If someone’s passing you a note, you really should be doing something else and instead you’re like oh, 'What are you doing?'"
Before launching her social media accounts, the actress partnered with the celebrity social media service and branding platform WhoSay for a crash course in all things social media. Each of her Instagram posts come with a WhoSay watermark and a @ParkerPosey stamp, and all of them (so far) are stills from her wild and crazy Snapchat photos, complete with the kind of filters and captions that only Posey could dream up. "[At first] I was little trepidacious and kind of nervous," she told W. "But it’s fun! I’m finding it’s a way of storytelling and being creative and putting together colors and creating harmony and space and I really like that...I care about being creative, and expressing myself. So it’s a relief that it’s satisfying for me — I wasn’t expecting it to satisfy me."
The actress is having so much fun, in fact, that she's realizing social media platforms like Snapchat might be the next natural phase of the indie film scene. She told W Magazine that she'd love to partner on a movie with Snapchat. When asked what a social media movie might look like, she answered, "Of being trapped, of being able to be anyone — a dog, or a space age, in the cosmos. An angel, or a devil or a monster. Or to look at death, you know, like that skeleton [emoji]."
Posey started her career by taking chances with untested directors like Richard Linklater and Julian Schnabel, and it now appears she's finding a second wind by taking chances on new media platforms. Check out some of her best Instagram pictures below, and head over to W Magazine for the complete feature.
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