From: carolyn tennant (email suppressed)
Date: Tue May 13 2008 - 14:15:05 PDT
Please accept my apologies for not getting this into the weekly
digest. For those in the area (Western NY, Toronto and beyond), Jim
Finn will present his latest feature, a Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence
Project (HARP), this Thursday in Buffalo.
Hope to see you there,
Filmmaker Jim Finn presents:
THE JUCHE IDEA (62min., 2008, Video)
THURS., MAY 15 @ 8:00 P.M.
341 Delaware Ave, downtown Buffalo, NY
$7 general, $5 students/seniors, $4 members
As part of his residency, HARP media artist Jim Finn continues his
investigations of cinema, art, and propaganda, this time turning his
attention to this North Korean ideology. In the late 1960's Kim Jong
II guaranteed his succession as the Dear Leader of North Korea by
adapting his father's Juche (pronounced choo-CHAY) philosophy to
propaganda, film and art. Translated as self-reliance, Juche is a
hybrid of Confucian and authoritarian Stalinist pseudo-socialism. The
film is about a South Korean video artist who comes to a North Korean
art residency to help bring Juche cinema into the 21st century.
Inspired by the real-life story of the South Korean director
kidnapped in the 70's to invigorate the North Korean film industry,
the film follows Yoon Jung Lee, a young video artist invited to work
at a Juche art residency on a North Korean collective farm. The story
is told through the films she made at the residency as well as
interviews with a Bulgarian filmmaker and even a brief sci-fi movie.
The film, which premiered at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, was the
official closing film of the 2008 New York Underground Film Festival.
"With a sense of craft and humor, Finn creates an unusual and
fascinating examination of the underpinnings of North Korean culture
and the effects of propaganda in cinema."
- Ann Arbor Film Festival
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.