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VIDEO DATA BANK: Institutional screenings
KINO LORBER: The Juche Idea 
WHOLPHIN #8: Great Man and Cinema
FACETS: Interkosmos
FANDOR: Selected Streeaming

SHRUG RECORDS: 180 gram pink vinyl LP




Communist Heroes of South America 2004-2005

Needlepoint pillow series of six different lines of communist ideology in Latin America from the 1960s through the 1980s. Each pillow has a revolutionary figure and an organizational symbol or nation he or she is connected to. Pictured left is Carlos the Jackal with the image of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The pillows went on a strange trip right after the 2004 election through South Carolina and Florida to craft fairs as part of the Red State Craft Tour.




Migrating Forms Festival 2011 invited Jim Finn to present Musical Numbers from the Juche-Oriented Socialist State of Korea. The program is made up of clips from his favorite movies and music videos from North Korea. In between clips he will read excerpts from Kim Jong Il's On the Art of the Cinema. Included are clips from Marathon Runner (2000), Pulgasari (1985), Girls In My Hometown (1997) and Urban Girl Comes to Get Married (1993). Fun for the whole family. link to Brooklyn Rail article


Video Mundi at the Chicago Cultural Center 2003, 2004

Co-organizer of experimental video festival sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Goethe Institute, Instituto Cervantes and the Consulates of The Netherlands, Canada, Austria as well as the Mexican Fine Arts Museum. Each year eight international curators and artists were invited to present video programs to the public.


Out of the Vault 2001

Organizer, 16mm Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center.




Monster Lotería Film Tour Spring 2005

Jim Finn and Arthur Jones present their work in a tour of the Northeast, Midwest and South.


Red State Craft Tour January 2005

Jim Finn and Cat Mazza tour red state craft fairs with their political crafts.


Men and Animals Film Tour Spring 2003

Jim Finn and Dean Rank present their work in 23 cities.



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Short Film Jury, SANFIC (Santiago, Chile) August 2010
Human Rights Film Competition Jury, BAFICI (Buenos Aires), April
DIY Filmmaking in an Economic Collapse Workshop CalArts, Valencia CA, March 2010
DIY Filmmaking in an Economic Collapse Workshop
Cali, Colombia 2009
Film Panel Judge, Yaddo Artist Residency Saratoga NY 2009
Presenter, Talent Campus Buenos Aires Argentina 2009
Presenter, Seminario Internacional de Cinema e Audiovisual Salvador, Brazil 2009
Festival Competition Jury, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival Iowa 2008




Damn Dirty Apes: Dead Festivals in the USA

In a country that forgets everything, it’s worth remembering that the New York Underground Film Festival, Austin-based Cinematexas, and Iowa City’s Thaw were three of the best festivals for films that opened up new, contemporary ideas of what cinema could be. All three of these “underground festivals” mixed satire and difficult conceptual work with personal docs and performative videos, focusing on film and video as an artistic expression without playing to the fantasy of modernist high art or preconceptions of genre and expectation. Experimental film and video in the US are often treated as a genre apart from mainstream film, but these festivals showed work across the spectrum of filmmaking, including formal experimentation, video art, radical political work and a low-budget fuck-you kind of underground cinema... (continue reading | download pdf)

-Cinema Scope, Fall 2008




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