Special Features @ 53rd New York Film Festival (Sept 27 & 28)

NYFF Shorts Program 4: New York (TRT: 75m)

A new addition to the New York Film Festival, this program showcases recent short-form work from some of the most exciting filmmakers living and working in New York today, an eclectic mix of familiar faces, established names, and unheralded ones to watch. Programmed by Florence Almozini and Dan Sullivan and sponsored by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

New York Shorts


Special Features @ 25 FPS Festival (Sept 26)



The breakthrough 28 were chosen from the entries whose number was greater than ever. Join us for the 11th edition – first at the Student centre Zagreb cinema from 24th to 27th September, and then at Art-kino Croatia in Rijeka from 28th to 29th September.


#47, José Miguel Biscaya, 11′, NL, 2014
Blinder, Tim Leyendekker, 14′, NL, 2015
Embargo, Johann Lurf, 10′, AT, 2014
Eden’s Edge, O.N.L.S.D/Leo Calice, Gerhard Treml, 60′, AT/US, 2015
End Reel, Julie Murray, 7′, US, 2014
FictitiousForce (Scheinkraft), Philip Widmann, 15′, DE, 2015
Greetings to the Ancestors, Ben Russell, 29′, US/SZ, 2015
HereThere (Tu tamo), Alexander Stewart, 5′, HR/US, 2015
I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining, Jesse McLean, 15′, US, 2015
In Waking Hours, Sarah Vanagt, 18′, BE, 2015
Mr. Sea, Geng Xue, 13′, CN, 2014
Prima Materia, Charlotte Pryce, 3′, US, 2015
Quiet Zone (Ondes et silence), Karl Lemieux, David Bryant, 14′, CA, 2015
Razzle Dazzle, Jodie Mack, 5′, US, 2014
Sightings: Habitat, Sabrina Ratté, 6′, CA, 2014
Special Features, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, 12′, US, 2014
The Disappearance of the Aïtus (La Disparition des Aïtus), Pauline Julier, 35′, CH, 2014
The End (Kraj), Tomislav Šoban, 10′, HR, 2015
The Exquisite Corpus, Peter Tscherkassky, 19′, AT, 2015
The Innocents, Jean-Paul Kelly, 13′, CA, 2015
The Island is Enchanted with You (La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes), Daniel Schmidt, Alexander Carver, 28′, CH/US/AU, 2015
The Last Mango before the Monsoon, Payal Kapadia, 19′, IN, 2014
The Mesh and the Circle (A Trama e o Círculo), Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela, 35′, IT/PT, 2014
The park (Le park), Randa Maroufi, 14′, FR, 2015
Wake, Eric Stewart, 8′, US, 2015
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, 24′, GR, 2014
Wayward Fronds, Fern Silva, 14′, US, 2014

Aside from the Competition program, a full line-up features more outstanding films in 25 FPS’s regular programs such as Jury Presents (this year curated by Anouk De Clercq, Jonathan Pouthier and Mark Toscano), followed by Odes to Film, Expanded Cinema, Kino 23, Reflexes and a Masterclass on film craft hosted by the timeless film master Peter Tscherkassky.


Special Features @ Media City Film Festival (Aug 1)

Special Features by James N. Kienitz Wilkins plays the Media City Film Festival (Aug 28 – Aug 1, 2015) with shorts by Ben Rivers, Lisa Truttmann, Behrouz Rae, Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Ryan Ferko, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Faraz Anoushahpour.

International Program 7
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 9:30 PM
Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave West, Windsor, Canada


Special Features @ Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 22 & 26)


UK Premiere of Special Features by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Black Box Shorts 1: Placing Performance, Staging the Self
Monday, June 22, 22:15
Friday, June 26, 15:15
Filmhouse 3, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland


Special Features @ Chicago Underground (May 14) – WINNER

Laurel-Wreath-3pt Lighting Award 2015

Special Features by James N. Kienitz Wilkins in May:

Chicago Underground Film Festival
WINNER: 3-Point Lighting Award for Innovative Technique


Fragments of the USA @ Doc Alliance (May 4-10)

Three unique letters that are stirring the global stream of political, economic and cultural events; three letters that have defined the western hemisphere and become the symbol of power and physical strength. However, what are the symbols of contemporary America oscillating between a temple of consumerism, a self-appointed watchdog of democracy and a utopian paradise of dreams come true? Compose the film fragments of contemporary America with DAFilms.com! Spin your documentary kaleidoscope from May 4 to 10, 2015.

Includes Public Hearing (James N. Kienitz Wilkins), RIP in Pieces America (Dominic Gagnon), Night Labor (David Redmon, Ashley Sabin), American Jesus (Aram Garriga), and Touch (Shelley Silver)



Public Hearing available @ Doc Alliance Films

Watch Public Hearing as video-on-demand at Doc Alliance Films

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

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


Special Features @ 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival – WINNER + 2015-2016 Tour

US Premiere of Special Features by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Films in Competition 11
Sunday, March 29, 1:00 PM
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan

George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour concept, starting with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley in 1964. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works, including films by Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt.

Beginning in July 2015 and continuing through February 2016, the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers and cinematheques throughout the world

2015-2016 Tour Program


Conversation between Nicolás Dumit Estevez and Mauricio Arango


Read full interview here.


Public Hearing streaming free (Feb 1 – Mar 21)

In parallel with ACRE TV’s online thematic show, Direct Object/Direct Action, James N. Kienitz Wilkins’s Public Hearing is available to watch for free from Feb 1 – Mar 21. This timespan mirrors ACRE TV’s live broadcast of Public Hearing in Progress, the nearly 106 hours of the entire production of Public Hearing, recorded via security camera to VHS tape and broadcast “live” for the first time. This online premiere of Public Hearing includes supplemental essays, as well as Google Translate subtitles available in eighty-three languages.

Watch the full Public Hearing here

Read an interview with James N. Kienitz Wilkins in BOMB


ACRE TV: Direct Object/Direct Action (Feb 1 – Mar 31)

Direct Object/Direct Action group show

Direct Object/Direct Action group show

Leveraging the materiality of the devices and the parameters of livestreaming, Direct Object/Direct Action includes a 106-hour durational work by James N. Kienitz Wilkins; episodic shows by The Institute for New Feeling (Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle), Ellen Mueller, Leslie Rogers, and Theo Shure; an audio piece by Soheila Azadi; video works by Blair Bogin & Mothergirl (Katy Albert & Sophia Hamilton), Eli Burke, Adam Castle, Thomas Comerford, Jaime Davidovich, Amanda Gutierrez, Bret Hamilton, Annetta Kapon, Adam Knight, Mike Newton, David Politzer, Sunita Prasad, Heath Schultz, and Willy Smart; and a LIVE event in which the stream will operate as a prop/instrument/soundtrack for the night of IRL performances featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Danny Giles, Leslie Rogers, and Neal Vandenbergh.

Programmed by Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Nick Wylie
Poster Design: Anne Elizabeth Moore

More about James N. Kienitz Wilkins’s Public Hearing in Progress here

For full program, artist, and schedule information please visit: ACRETV.org


Public Hearing @ A4 ZERO SPACE, Slovakia (Jan 7)

“In the new year we begin a new cycle of interesting projections ‘Docu-Fiction,’ which is dedicated to the permeability of boundaries between documentary and fiction films, documentary methods in feature film and fiction procedure in documentary film.”

Screening information

Public Hearing (110 min / USA)
w/ Google translate subtitles
Wed, Jan 7, 20:00, €3
A4 – asociácia združení pre súčasnú kultúru / A4 – Associations for contemporary culture
Carpathian 2, 811 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

A4 – zero space is a multifunctional non-commercial centre for contemporary culture in the centre of Bratislava (12 SNP square) which is oriented towards creation, presentation and education in present-day forms of theatre, dance, music and film, contemporary visual culture and new media art.


Public Hearing @ Nightingale, Chicago (Nov 21)

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

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

Friday, November 21st at 7:00 pm, $7-10
Donuts and coffee will be served.

1084 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642

The Nightingale


Special Features @ CPH:DOX (Nov 14)

Still from Special Features (12 min / USA / 2014)

Still from Special Features (12 min / USA / 2014)

SPECIAL FEATURES by James N. Kienitz Wilkins screening Nov 14, 16:15 in program 4 SHORT ARTISTS’ FILMS @ Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival 2014.


A Body Learns by Mauricio Arango as part of BACK IN FIVE @ el Museo del Barrio (Sept – Oct)

Presentation of work produced by Mauricio Arango in residence at Museo El Barrio.
Closing date: October 18th, 2014


On-site Live in Las Galerías from September 3 to Oct. 11, 2014

“Confrontations between light and darkness, duration and impermanence, and between humans, animals and their environments play out in my work.”



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

By James N. Kienitz Wilkins


JNKW @ Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

James N. Kienitz Wilkins in residence (May 2014)



Public Hearing in Montreal & Interview (Apr 13)


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



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.