Weeks before the 2006 midterm elections in the U.S., Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez came to the United Nations and blew everyone's minds with his "smells of sulfur" speech about Bush. It was an emperor wears no clothes moment with perfect comic timing. Bush was officially a lame duck after that speech. No matter what nutty things Chávez ever did, our nation's children will always be grateful.
Sunday School with Franz Hinkelammert (51:20, 2012)
The violent overreaction to 9/11 and to the revolutions of the 1960’s cannot be explained only with fear and politics. Franz Hinkelammert, a German-born economist, philosopher and liberation theologian, brings religion front and center to the discussion in a unique way. The emptiness felt by the those at the margins of a free-market utopian ideology has been filled by an extreme millenarian Christianity and other religious fundamentalisms that justify murder and torture as preemptive self-defense. In place of a suicidal theology of death based on defeating or marginalizing others, Hinkelammert advocates an economics that promotes coexistence by looking towards liberation theology and the preferential option for the poor.
Kim Jong Il, the Stalinist David O. Selznick, runs the state film studio as a way of promoting his own and his father's cult of personality. 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 HD clip (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. Impunity is not just the stuff of autocratic dictatorships in the third world. The American form of impunity is going to get us all killed.
Best Experimental Film, Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival
New York Underground Film Festival Trailer (1:00, 2008)
One of six commissioned trailers for the final NYUFF. This one is my re-edit of the space hippies episode of Star Trek with the actor that goes on to play angry rednecks for the rest of his career. Let's say goodbye or let's say brother.
la lotería (video series, 2004-5)
Watch Series "Twelve are the winning numbers in this audiovisual lottery in the key of agit-pop, created from remains of media trash and starring Jim Finn. Write it down: 5, 11, 21, 23, 25, 28, 36, 38, 39, 16, 48, 52. All of them last less than four minutes but, according to its utopian assignment of preference, together they're much more, because in the eventful and episodic universe of Finn's cinema, everything's possible. Thus, TV appearances from Fidel Castro, Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein, are contrasted with home movies (which range from a choreography in front of the bathroom mirror to a relationship with the nicest squirrel in the world), and silenced by the soft melodies ˝now involuntarily subversive- of Ana and Juan Gabriel, Roc╠o Durcal, Los Guaraguao, The Weavers, Leonard Nimoy and even the beloved Argentine duo Pimpinela. Like the rest of his work, La loter╠a shows that Jim Finn has one of the most original and quick cinematic minds in present day."
- Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
super-max clip (13:00, 2003)
"Finn's chilling super-max is a tour of maximum security prisons shot from a moving car, their hulking forms framed by telephone poles and power lines that divide landscape and sky. The concluding voice-over, making reference to Lewis and Clark, implicitly equates the European occupation of this continent with imprisonment." — Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
Made in Chicago Award, Chicago Underground Film Festival
Decision 80 clip (10:00, 2003)
"A decisive moment in American history remixed into the prelude to your worst fucking nightmare." — New York Underground Film Festival
"'Beam me up, Scottie, I think we really blew it.' A timely look back at the mechanics of a painful historic moment" — Cinematexas
Black Maria Director's and Program Staff's Citation
wüstenspringmaus clip (3:00, 2002)
"'The gerbil has long been associated with New World capitalism because of its incessant energy...' The Golden Age of Hollywood takes on the history and evolution of this delightful household pet." — International Film Festival Rotterdam
"Jim Finn's wüstenspringmaus, a well-sprung, rear-screened account of a gerbil's life in the Seventies." — Guy Maddin, Film Comment
Blue Award, Thaw Film & Video Festival, Iowa City
el güero clip (3:00, 2001)
"A refreshing look at karaoke, psychedelic dance moves, and donuts all mashed together into a small and swinging film about a man who considers his private thoughts and private jokes worth sharing with a large audience. And it’s unlikely that many would disagree." — Impakt Festival
comunista! clip (3:30, 2001)
"You are invited to Jim’s party! Snake optional." — Cinematexas Festival
sharambaba clip (3:00, 1999)
A young communist girl named Sharambaba resists her suitor in a carriage. "Marriage is like a mad dog on wood. It runs back and forth, frantic. Thinking how to get off. And yet it is happy."