Men and Animals Film Tour 2003

Jim Finn and Dean Rank in Person, 25 venues in 23 cities


Eschewing the facile irony in vogue among their peers, these two young
Chicagoans use fragmentary and disparate pairings of image and sound to
create thought-provoking commentaries on displacement and alienation in
our culture. The strongest of these seven videos is Finn's chilling Super-Max
(2003), a tour of maximum security prisons shot from a moving car, their
hulking forms framed by telephone poles and power lines that divide
landscape and sky. The concluding voice-over, making reference to Lewis
and Clark, implicitly equates the European occupation of this continent with
imprisonment. Rank's best contribution, Team (2003), turns football into a
macho theater of the absurd: in one scene a coach derogates certain
uniform numbers as "femme." 73 min.
Capsule by Fred Camper
From the Chicago Reader
Friday, March 28, 2003
FILMMAKER BIOS:
Jim Finn (b. 1968, St. Louis) lives in Chicago and makes videos using 16mm
film, mini dv and vhs. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International
Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Cinematexas, and the
Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. His work has
appeared on the PBS show “EGG the Arts”, on the Spanish TVE show,
“Metropolis”, and in Harper’s magazine. He is also co-organizer of the
experimental 2003 Video Mundi festival at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Dean Rank studied film and video at the University of Illinois Chicago. His
work has been screened at the Thaw Film Festival in Iowa City, the Aurora
Picture Show in Houston, Blinding Light in Vancouver, Vox Populi in
Philadelphia, and the Butcher Shop Gallery in Chicago. His last project was
an experimental music video for the band Shipping News, which screened at
the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. On this tour he is
premiering his short film opus, Team.

THE PROGRAM:
wüstenspringmaus (Jim Finn, 3 min, 16mm on video, 2002):
“The Golden Age of Hollywood takes on the history and
evolution of this delightful household pet”— International Film
Festival Rotterdam
Portraits (Dean Rank, 2 min, video, 2000): Dean Rank
portrays men at work and play.
super-max (Jim Finn, 13 min, 16mm, mini dv, 2003): The
“concentration model” of prison building: “This combine is the
key to the political power of the known universe.”
Portraits (Dean Rank, 2 min, video, 2000)
Diagram (Dean Rank , 14 min, 16mm on video, 1998):
Auditions, dancing, and sprinting.
comunista! (Jim Finn, 3.5 min, 16mm on video, 2001):
“You’re invited to Jim’s party. Snake optional.”—Cinematexas
Festival
Portraits (Dean Rank, 2 min, video, 2000)
Decision 80 (Jim Finn, 10 min, video, 2003): “In that other
future I see despair.”
Portraits (Dean Rank, 2 min, video, 2000)
el güero (Jim Finn, 3 min, 16mm on video, 2001): “Young
people always forward!”
Team (Dean Rank, 20 min, 16mm on video, 2003):
Uniformed men and the sport they love.