Residency Dates
  • Jun 10th 2009 to Jul 10th 2009

“Jim Finn has made a name for
himself…thanks to his feeling for irony and his capacity to shape
something new from propaganda, news and other historic images. Not to
forget his very dry sense of humour” —Rotterdam International
Film Festival

Jim Finn (b. St. Louis, 1968) makes
what have been called “utopian comedies” and
“trompe-l’oeil” films. His critically acclaimed films and
videos use irony and historical fiction and facts to pull apart
ideology, capitalism and revolutionary art practices among other
things. He has screened internationally at festivals like Rotterdam,
Sundance, Buenos Aires, AFI and Edinburgh as well as museums and
cinematheques such as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Danish
Film Institute and the Harvard Film Archive. Interkosmos, the first
of his trilogy of feature-length films looking at Marxist ideology,
was called “a retro gust of communist utopianism” by the
Village Voice and “charming and fantastic, so full of rare
atmospheres” by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. His second
feature La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo was put on the
Village Voice’s Top 10 Year in Experimental Film. And Variety called
The Juche Idea, his film about a North Korean art residency,
“brilliant” and said all three films “upturn notions
of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and
restaging, and even what an ‘experimental film’ actually is.” He
is currently working on a project looking at the connections between
the Argentine dictatorship of the 70’s with the U.S. War on Terror.