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UPCOMING & RECENT SCREENINGS

The 52nd New York Film Festival, Oct 4 (World Premiere, Zinoviev's Tube: Tape 2 of the Inner Trotsky Child series)
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Oct 29 - Nov 2 (Zinoviev's Tube: Tape 2 of the Inner Trotsky Child series)
Valdivia International Film Festival
, Chile, Oct 7-12 (Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child, Zinoviev's Tube)
Lenin: Icebreaker, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City, Winter 2014-2015 (Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child)
AB Contemporary Gallery, Zürich, Aug 29 - Sept 23 (Great Man and Cinema)
Kasseler Doc Fest
, Kassel, Germany Nov 11-16 (Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child)
Spaces Gallery
, Cleveland, Aug 22 - Oct 17 (wüstenspringmaus)
Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 18-29 (Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child, Christmas with Chávez)

NEWS

The World Premiere of Zinoviev's Tube: Tape 2 of the Inner Trotsky Child series will be at the 52nd New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 4th and the Lincoln Center. It is screening as part of the new Projections program (formerly Views from the Avant-Garde). From the NYFF website: "Curated by Dennis Lim (Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center), Aily Nash (independent curator), and Gavin Smith (Senior Programmer, FSLC & Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment), Projections presents an international selection of artists’ film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do or be. Drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, including experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, crossovers into documentary and ethnographic realms, and contemporary art practices, Projections brings together a diverse offering of short, medium, and feature-length work by some of today’s most vital and groundbreaking filmmakers and artists.

Genenvieve Yu in Film Comment
wrote
of the first video in the series: "Jim Finn’s Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child also riffs on the self-help genre by reading the persecution of the Russian Marxist of the title as an allegory for finding inner peace. Mimicking the wobbly appearance of Eighties video graphics, the film employs New Age-y visualization techniques (one section is entitled “Arrogant Breath of the Puffed-Up Bourgeoisie: A Guided Meditation”) and quasi-spiritual affirmation exercises conducted by a German-speaking aerobics instructor. The better life promised by such instructions, of course, was not something that Trotsky, murdered in Mexico by Stalin’s agents, was able to achieve. Instead, the video’s narrator (Lois Severin) offers a counter history in which Trotsky evades Stalin’s reach by building an underground bunker and triumphs over his enemies. 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.

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."

 

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