Special Features @ Montclair Film Festival (May 10) and Chicago Underground (May 14) – WINNER


Special Features by James N. Kienitz Wilkins in May:

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

Montclair Film Festival
Montclair, New Jersey


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

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


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


Creative Capital 2015: Mike Crane – UHF42

Creative Capital

Creative Capital is pleased to announce its 2015 awardees in the categories of Moving Image and Visual Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects selected from a nationwide pool of more than 3,700 proposals.

Mike Crane receives support for UHF42, a 90-minute television program filmed entirely within the confines of an independent television station in the West Bank.


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.


Screening: Assembly Room 1 at The Hugh Lane, Dublin (Nov 6)


Free screening of Mike Crane & Lee Welch’s Assembly Room 1 followed by Q&A.


November 6 2014

10:45am – 12:30pm





A Body Learns. Mauricio Arango at Museo El Barrio

Presentation of work produced during residence at Museo El Barrio.
Closing date: October 18th, 2014



BACK IN FIVE: Mauricio Arango @ el Museo del Barrio (Sept – Oct)

Work by Mauricio Arango

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


UHF 42, Ramallah, Palestine (May 29 – June 27)


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)



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.