ESSAY: NOTES ON VIMEO, The Brooklyn Rail (Jul-Aug 2014)

“To address the relationship between contemporary contexts of art and cinema, we asked 17 artists, curators, programmers, and critics to respond to a simple question: what and where is artists’ cinema today, and what and where is its future? Our selection of these contributors was inevitably idiosyncratic, but we particularly sought out voices that had not been heard in these pages before. These responses varied widely: from personal experiences installing and screening work in different contexts, to evocations and epistolary essays, to discourses on the politics and polemics of creating such categorization in the first place.”EDITORS

THE SKIN I LIVE IN: NOTES ON VIMEO
By James N. Kienitz Wilkins

May 29 – June 27: UHF 42, Ramallah, Palestine

    UHF 42 – ORGANIZED BY MIKE CRANE

On view: May 29 – June 27, 2014, Wattan.tv, Ramallah, Palestine

Presented as part of the Apexart Franchise Program

Ayman Alazraq, The New Trend of Nostalgia, 2009

Ayman Alazraq, The New Trend of Nostalgia, 2009

UHF 42 is a month-long screening series broadcast through the live
frequency of Wattan, an independent television station based in
Ramallah, Palestine. The program is comprised of twenty recent works
by local and international artists, with one film screening every weekday
in between the stations regularly scheduled programs. Wattan has
been raided twice and had their frequency shutdown five times by both
Palestinian and Israeli authorities since it was established through the
telecommunications agreement of the Oslo 2 Accords in 1996. The
station continues to provide daily coverage of education, politics, culture,
and sports despite undergoing a destructive raid in February 2012.

Featuring work by:

Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basma Alsharif
Ayman Alazraq
Knut Asdam
Nasrin Abu Baker
Kaya Behkalam
Neil Beloufa
Nicholas Brooks
Karen Mirza & Brad Butler
Phil Collins
Fahed Halabi & Ala Farhat
Ihab Jadallah
Yazan Khalili
Jumana Manna & Sille Storihle
Melanie Manchot
Mohammed Musallam
Peter Snowdon
Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Press release

JNKW @ Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

James N. Kienitz Wilkins in residence (May 2014)

http://www.residencyunlimited.org/news/2014/03/special-features-2014-selected-artists/

Apr 13: Public Hearing in Montreal & Interview

VISIONS

VISIONS: Documentary & Experimental Cinema

April 13, 20:00

Followed by Q&A with James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Bistro de la Cinémathèque Québécoise

335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1

Interview with James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Media Arts Assistance Grant: Public Hearing

Wave Farm

Wave Farm announced today ten recipients of the 2014 Media Arts Assistance Fund
for artists: Ian Epps, Dylan Gauthier, Cassandra Guan, Ann Hirsch, Ken Jacobs, Victoria Keddie,
Daniel Neumann, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Jeremy Young, and Caveh Zahedi.

The Media Arts Assistance Fund supports electronic media and film organizations, as well as
individual artists, in all regions of New York State. The Fund provides unique and critical support
with a focus on sustainability and public engagement.

Press release

WINNER: Riviera Maya Coproduction Forum, 2014

 

RivieraLAB

Untitled Death Row Chronicle by Mauricio Arango & James Kienitz Wilkins wins the RivieraLab Coproduction Forum Award at the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2014.

The projects for the third edition of the Riviera LAB/ Co-production Forum were chosen from a total of 82 submissions coming from 18 countries such as: Argentina, Denmark, Brazil, France, Mexico and Sweden, among others.

riviera

Brooklyn premiere of Public Hearing @ Uniondocs


Public Hearing (110 min / 16mm-HD / USA)

Saturday March 8, 7:30p, $9 suggested donation
With organizer Rachael Rakes, actor Theodore Bouloukos, composer Eugene Wasserman, and the filmmaker. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Full program here

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art
322 Union Ave, Williamsburg, 11211

It’s to his credit as an artist that Wilkins can spin pragmatism into sly conceptualism.” – Filmmaker Magazine

… the film finds humor in the mundane, highlighting the idiosyncrasies of civic discourse.” – Wall Street Journal Online

Everything Near Becomes Far screening at RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES, Paris.

Everything Near Becomes Far at Rencontres Internationales
Everything Near Becomes Far at Rencontres Internationales

Everything Near Becomes Far will be screening in the 2014′s Rencontres Internationales- New Cinema and Contemporary Art.

The program will unfold between Feb 24 and March 2nd, at the Palais de Tokyo and La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris.

The Paris premiere will be held on Wednesday Feb 26th at 2.15pm, at La Gaîté Lyrique.

Public Hearing: Baltimore (Feb 16) and Toronto (Feb 27)


Public Hearing (110 min / 16mm-HD / USA)
Produced & directed by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

TORONTO

Canadian premiere @ ReFocus
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, February 27, 9:15p – $PWYW

A free film screening series which presents some of the best in independent and international cinema to Toronto, and encourages the building of a community which discusses, supports, and promotes said films.

“… one of the most remarkable not-quite-documentaries of recent years.” – Toronto Star

“… James N. Kienitz Wilkins finds dramatic truth at the heart of the North American struggle between fiscal independence and the personal desire for convenience.” – Dork Shelf


BALTIMORE

John Hopkins Film Festival
Shriver Hall, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218

Sunday, February 16, 1:00p – $5

Now in its 19th year of existence, the Johns Hopkins Film Festival is a non profit organization that seeks to promote the films and careers of fledgling yet visionary filmmakers via a highly selective showcase of ~20 films.

jhff

The Filmballad of Mamadada continues in Europe: Rotterdam, IndieLisboa, New Horizons festivals


The Filmballad of Mamadada (85 min / USA / 2013) tells the story of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, unsung member of the New York Dada movement. Directors Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan recruited a group of over fifty artists and filmmakers, including Mauricio Arango and James N. Kienitz Wilkins, to produce a collective biopic about her life. 

For more information and screening updates, visit official site.

    Screenings

  • New Horizon International Film Festival (July-August, 2014)
  • IndieLisboa (May 2014)
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 2014)

The Night Of the Moon Has Many Hours. Summary of participations

The Night Of The Moon Has Many Hours

As of January 2014:

  • 18th Festival of Contemporary Art Sesc VideoBrasil, 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Award to the promotion of Colombian Films.
    Secretary of Culture. Bogota, Colombia. 2013
  • Kino Der Kunst (Cinema of Art). Munich, Germany. 2013
  • Charleston International Film Festival, 2013
    Charleston, USA
  • Oaxaca International Independent Film And Video Festival, 2012
    Oaxaca, MEXICO
  • Salento International Film Festival, 2012
    Tricasse (Lecce) ITALY
  • Lima International Film Festival, 2012
    Lima, PERU
  • Winner Best Experimental Film. IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, 2012
  • IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival. 2012
    Varna, BULGARIA
  • Vienna Independent Shorts. 2012
    Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • 9th IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival. 2012
    Lisbon, PORTUGAL
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival. 2012
    Chicago, USA
  • Cine Las Americas, International Film Festival. 2012
    Austin, USA
  • 28th Chicago Latino Film Festival. 2012
    Chicago, USA
  • New Narratives, Berkshires International Film Festival. 2012
    Great Barrington, USA
  • Festival de Film Underground de Montréal. 2012
    Montréal, Canada
  • Souvenirs From Earth. 2011
    Cologne, GERMANY
  • Winner Black Agave Award. Best Short Film. Oaxaca Film Festival
  • Oaxaca International Independent Film And Video Festival. 2011
    Oaxaca, MEXICO
  • Black Maria Film Festival. Itinerant Festival. 64 cities. 2011
    USA
  • Best in show. Video Art Salon. Matt Roberts Arts
  • 2010 Video Salon. Matt Roberts Arts. 2011
    London, ENGLAND

Everything Near Becomes Far. Summary of participations

2012-11-11-18.44.40

As of Januray 2014:

  • Antimatter [Media Art]. Deluge Contemporary Art. 2013
    Victoria, Canada
  • Bogotá International Film Festival. 2013
    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México, FICMEX, 2013
    Mexico City. Mexico
  • New Directors – New Films. 2013
    Museum of Modern Art & Lincoln Film Society
    New York, USA
  • Oaxaca International Independent Film And Video Festival, 2012
    Oaxaca, MEXICO
  • The Loitering Presence of a Rational Actor. Group Show Exhibition
    Universal Studios Presents. New York, USA. 2012

Public Hearing. Summary of participations


Public Hearing (110 min / 16mm-HD / USA)
Produced & directed by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Film site

Honorable mention in BFI’s The Best of 2013 in Cinematic Nonfiction

2013/2012 screenings

  • Jihlava International Documentary Festival
  • Festival do Rio
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Northwest Film Forum: N-E-X D-O-C-S
  • Lima Independiente III (Winner: Activism Award)
  • DISTRITAL
  • MoMA PS1 (EXPO 1 : NEW YORK)
  • IndieLisboa
  • Punto de Vista
  • CPH:DOX 2012 (World premiere)

New website for 2014

A new year, a new site!

Arango @ SescTV, Interview

Interview for VideoBrasil. Broadcasted on SescTV, Sao Paulo. December 2013.

Just the Facts – A New Realist Cinema?

Public Hearing discussed in Photgenie.be (Nov 2013), an intiative of the Flemish Service for Film Culture:

“In Public Hearing, filmmaker James Kienitz Wilkins has crafted a hybrid piece out of the reenactment of a legal hearing based on legal transcript, a medial ground between the actual event and its institutionally-approved written account. Similarly, Guarneri proposes we drop the theoretical call for documentary purity and opt for ‘meticulous phenomenology’ instead . . . the author has repositioned Public Hearing as a form of appropriation art, as a well-crafted ‘objet trouvé . . .”  (Excerpt from editorial by Tom Paulus)

A Case Report on the “Language-game” Public Hearing (2012)
By Michael Guarneri

The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours in exhibition at VideoBrasil, 2013

VIDEOBRASIL

Mauricio Arango was chosen to participate with The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours in the 18th Festival of Contemporary Art VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Along artists from 33 other countries Arango’s work will be in exhibition between November 5th, 2013 and February 2nd, 2014.

VideoBrasil, Competitive exhibition Panoramas do Sul

Seven Countries, Countless Poetics

The Filmballad of Mamadada premieres @ CPH:DOX 2013

Still from The Filmballad of Mamadada - Robin Schavoir in "1909" by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Still from The Filmballad of Mamadada – Robin Schavoir in “1909″ by James N. Kienitz Wilkins


The Filmballad of Mamadada (85 min / USA / 2013) tells the story of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, unsung member of the New York Dada movement. Directors Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan recruited a group of over fifty artists and filmmakers, including Mauricio Arango and James N. Kienitz Wilkins, to produce a collective biopic about her life. 

CPH:DOX program

New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy

51st NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, Artist Academy

Read a full line up of invited filmmakers and activities

Inspiration Forum @ Jihlava Documentary Festival

Jihlava Doc Fest

A five-day meeting of 10 selected directors from around the world full of exceptional lectures, individual sessions and intensive discussions…the first project of its kind at film festivals and an absolutely unique programme initiating new themes and topics in documentary film, bringing together film professionas and significant and provocative personalities from outside the film world.

Inspiration Forum 2013