Letters of Compliment & Complaint

video Info
  • Letters of Compliment and Complaint
    Live stand-up / multi-media. Mocha Jean writes letters of compliment and complaint. Mostly complaint. (with Jay Byrd.)

    2009. LAFF Austin, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Hyde Park Theater, Cafe Caffein.

Today, I Become a Man

(Director, Talent; video, 9 mins, 2007)
A man tries to pass as a “real” drag king by pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man.

Screenings: South by Southwest, Rockport Film Festival, Dallas Video Fest, InsideOut (Toronto), Austin Gay & Lesbian (GL) Film Festival Hamburg GL, St. John͛s Women͛s Fest (Newfoundland), Indiana GL, Amsterdam GL, Frankfurt GL, Kingston GL, Connecticut GL, Regina GL, Copenhagen GL.


(Directors: Mocha Jean Herrup, Evie Leder, Gretchen Lee, Dan Janos; 9 minutes, 2002)
Members of the lesbianfilm collective set out to make a lesbian film, a 35mm feature length project that is sure to “sell, sell, sell.”  At the end of the day the group has managed to debunk identity politics, pitch the festival programmers, and secure numerous donations from unsuspecting patrons of the arts.  In true indie fashion, the pitch is customized depending on who is on the receiving end—thoroughly mining the many genres and clichés of contemporary lesbian filmmaking.

Broadcast on the Sundance Channel

Screenings: Cinematexas , South By Southwest , OutFest LA, San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Berlin Lesbian Festival, Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Minneapolis Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Inside/Out Toronto, New Zealand Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, LadyFest Bay Area


(Directors: Mocha Jean Herrup, Joanna Ingalls; 16mm, 1 minute, 1999)
Commissioned by Celis Brewery to make 1 minute short film / broadcast spot

Gold Addy Award, Austin Ad Federation; Regional Certificate, Texas Ad Federation


(Directors: Mocha Jean Herrup (Editor), Josephone Graven; 19 minutes, 1997)
What happens when a whisky-swilling, chain-smoking queer tries out for the University of Texas pom pom squad. In her words, “I don’t want to stand on the sidelines doing nothing, I want to stand on the sidelines doing something!”

Audience award winner at Cinematexas and Inside / Out Toronto; Director’s Choice Award at the Charlotte Film and Video Festival; Acquired by Northwest Airlines.

Screenings: Cinematexas, Toronto Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, South by Southwest, MIX: NYC, ImageOut in Rochester, NY, Reel Affirmations in Washington DC, Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, WingSpan in Tuscon, AZ, She Came With the Rodeo in Atlanta, GA, Fatale Film Series in LA, CA, Women in the Director’s Chair at the Walker Art Center, Women in the Director’s Chair Chicago (Traveling Tour Selection), Santa Barbara Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, San Antonio Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Turku Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival – Finland

Israel / Palestine: An Act of Seeing

Powerpoint Version

Text + Images

Project Description

A series of images and personal narrative from the contested and conflicted place of Israel / Palestine. Images are paired into seamless diptychs whose juxtapositions evoke connection & exclusion, reflecting the picture taker’s own awareness of racialized seeing and passive acts of demarcation.

The Prizer Gallery, Austin, Texas, October 2016

Rio Grande Campus, Austin Community College, Texas, November 2016

Zeitgeist Café, Seattle, WA, February, 2019

Kadima Congregation, Seattle, 2019

Cité Universitaire, Paris, France, June 2018

The Freedom Project



(Jenn Garrison, Director; 11 minutes, 2003)
Austin drag king Mocha Jean Herrup (aka The Lancebian) channels the energy of ’N Sync member, Lance Bass.

Screenings: South by Southwest, Cinematexas, Ladyest Texas, Inside Out (Toronto), Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festical, Out on Screen (Vancouver)