Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Jesse McLean in person from Iowa City, Iowa!
Los Angeles premieres!
Filmforum is thrilled to host Iowa-based filmmaker Jesse McLean for her first solo screening in Los Angeles. McLean's work explores the complexities of mediated human behavior and interaction as well as the confounding, often exaggerated emotions that accompany these experiences. Employing appropriated home movies, internet videos, television shows, and archival materials, McLean redefines our interchange with various forms of media. Through expert use of collage, each of McLean's videos subtly question viewers' associations with the information we consume daily while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are hijacked and transformed. Join us for a survey of McLean's work wrought with emotional twists and turns, querying our relationships to each other, to ourselves, and to the mediated material world that defines us.
"[Jesse McLean's] films ask her audience to see themselves as active participants in the media they consume and not just as passive voyeurs." Underground Film Journal
"Her pieces resonate emotionally in surprising ways as she goes about seeking some chord that rings true to our collective experience." Pamela Cohn, BOMB Magazine
Jesse McLean Interview with Kent Lambert: http://jessemclean.com/biblio/interview-with-kent-lambert/
Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available in advance
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The Eternal Quarter Inch (2008, video, 9 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!
Rising fundamentalism and a government that cites faith to defend war actions have helped grow a desperate society. Dipping between ecstasy and despair, transcendence and absurdity, this movie journeys to a hidden space where you can lose your way, lose yourself in the moment, lose your faith in a belief system. An exhausted and expectant crowd waits on this narrow span. It is not a wide stretch, but it can last forever. (JM)
Magic for Beginners (2010, video, 20 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!
Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver are explored. (JM)
Just Like Us (2013, video, 15 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!
A familiar landscape comprised of box stores and parking lots proves a rich site for longing, intimacy, and radical change. Celebrities are observed in this environment and are reduced to ordinary beings in the process. An enigmatic protagonist reveals little moments of subjectivity that escape into the piece like a contaminant, rupturing the view and evidencing the paradox of connection and belonging within systems that simultaneously contain us and comprise us. (JM)
Remote (2011, video, 12 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!
There is a presence lingering in the dark woods, just under the surface of a placid lake and at the end of dreary basement corridor. It's not easy to locate because it's outside but also inside. It doesn't just crawl in on your wires because it's not a thing. It's a shocking eruption of electrical energy. (JM)
The Invisible World (2012, video, 21 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!
A deceased hoarder, reconstituted through technology, recounts a difficult childhood as inhabitants of a virtual world struggle to reconcile materialistic tendencies. A scientist leads an effort to understand the passage of time, but the data is unreliable. The question remains, what happens to our things after we are gone?
The present world is packed with objects that evidence human productivity, yet the desire to possess things remains somewhat mysterious. Lifeless objects become imbued with emotional significance, and possessions linked with personal identities, even as these objects bear a cool and distant witness to human struggles. The rapidly arriving future portends an intangible new world of virtual experience. How will we relate our materialist tendencies in this new world of immateriality?
Jesse McLean is a media artist whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Rome Film Festival, Italy, Venice Film Festival, both Italy; Transmediale, Berlin; 25 FPS Festival, Zagreb, Croatia; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; Impakt, Utrecht, The Netherlands; CPH:DOX, Copenhagen; Images Festival; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; BIOS, Athens, Greece; CCCB, Barcelona, Spain; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Interstate Projects, PPOW Gallery, both New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Gallery 400, Three Walls, both Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. She was the recipient of a Jury Prize (First Prize) in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival, Zürich, Switzerland, received the Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design at the 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the 2011 Images Festival and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival.
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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