Lenin: Icebreaker, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City, Winter 2014-2015 (Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child)
Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child got a great write-up from Genenvieve Yu in Film Comment: "...Though Encounters elicited laughter with its hyperbolic Communist rhetoric and lo-fi video effects, it also prompts a serious engagement with its central premise: that to imagine a better life for ourselves means, in part, imagining a different history." The video is the first in a series. The sequel Zinoviev's Tube is due out later this year. The third film I'm writing now is Stalin's Maze.
Encounters also got an amazing blurb for Poland's Nowe Horyzonty Festival: "Jim Finn, a master of confabulation and subversion, is back, this time in science fiction. Imagine an alternative version of history. The Cold War may be over, and an era of raging neoliberalism may have been ushered in, but the Trotskyists are still fighting for the soul of the American government. One of their methods is "strengthening one’s inner Trotsky child" – a slogan that, not accidentally, brings to mind New Age guides for spiritual development. Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child is an instruction video for home use. Just as Jane Fonda’s aerobics videos were meant to improve the bodies of American women, this video is meant to strengthen the morale of the militants of the revolution. The message of personal development is transferred to political agitation while maintaining the visual look of VHS cassettes from the early 1980s. Throw in a few exercises for affirmation, a strategy for conscious breathing, and your inner Trotsky child will be ready to do battle with the fat offspring of fascism."