MYNDIR KVÖLDSINS / SCREENINGS
The Juche Idea, (62 min, 2008)
“The evidence that current filmmaking is brimming with original, standard-breaking creations has to include the work of Jim Finn, whose brilliant “The Juche Idea”… effectively completes a trilogy of ultra-compact features that boldly upturn notions of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and restaging, and even what an “experimental film” actually is. To say that these films open up new possibilities for satire, ideas and language isn’t an overstatement.”
—Robert Koehler, Variety
Verðlaun / Awards:
Best Narrative Feature, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2008
Closing Night Film, New York Underground Film Festival 2008
Honorable Mention, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2008
Great Man and Cinema, (3:49, 2009)
The film's title "Great Man and Cinema" comes from a propaganda booklet filled with stories of how the Dear Leader has written, edited, produced and given acting advice in films for the last 40 years. This film succinctly synthesizes the Dear Leader's directing philosophy with his feelings toward the imperialist beast at his heels.
Dick Cheney in a Cold, Dark Cell (2:30, 2009)
River ice sets the scene for Judy Garland's international cri de coeur. It's hard to understate the amount of anxiety created by a vice president who usurped authority for eight years to start wars and wreck the economy and then sidled off to Wyoming to be a a retired Hero of the Right.
Verðlaun / Awards:
Best Experimental Film, Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival
Æviágrip / BIO Print
Jim Finn’s award-winning movies have been called “Utopian comedies”. His films have screened at the MoMA and international festivals like Sundance, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, AFI and Edinburgh as well as cinematheques, galleries and museums throughout the world. He has had retrospectives in Argentina, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela. His first feature film Interkosmos 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 was born in St. Louis and is currently living in Providence, RI and teaching at Emerson College in Boston.