Winter and Spring 2014 updates

Here are some recent and upcoming screenings and activities. Sorry for the delay in updates!

I learned recently that The Invisible World was awarded the Jury Prize in the International Competition at Videoex, 2013 in Zürich, Switzerland. What an honor!



Coming up:

- I will have a solo screening at Nightingale Cinema in Chicago on March 21, 2014. Looking forward to a visit to one of my favorite cities in the world, Chicago!

Just Like Us, my latest video, will screen as part of Art of the Real Series, in April, 2013 at Film Society Lincoln Center.

Just Like Us will screen as part of Images Festival 2014.


Recent screenings and activities:

Magic for Beginners was screened as part of a curated program Katabasis at Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, TX.

Lose Yourself was part of the anniversary program at

- Somewhere only we know was screened as part of FLEXfest anniversary program.

The Invisible World was included as part of Uncommon/Commons: Program 2: Invalid data – dreaming through the gaps, a program curated by Video Data Bank and screened in the Media Lounge ARTspace at CAA’s 102nd Annual Conference

- Magic for Beginners is included in the 18th issue of Drunken Boat, selected by video_dumbo

Remote is included on Angular Films vol. 01 DVD, an international release of experimental cinema.

- Headroom, the microcinema series I started in Iowa City in Spring 2013 continues to program experimental and expanded cinema with a full line-up for Spring 2014 and guest programmers and more invited artists.


Fall Updates


This fall has meant a lot of trips to NYC, which was great.

Starting off, my solo exhibition, “Stars, They’re Just Like Us” as Interstate Projects, ran from Sept. 7 – Oct. 20.

“The Invisible World” screened as part of Views from the Avant-Garde, New York Film Festival. I was in attendance at the sold-out program and saw lots of terrific work within the festival.

I presented a solo screening of work at Anthology Film Archives as part of their Show & Tell Series. It was a great turnout with a really enjoyable conversation afterwards moderated by Rachel Rakes.

Colin Beckett wrote a thoughtful article in The L Magazine that accompanied both “Stars, They’re Just Like Us” and the Anthology screening. I was flattered by his insights and the ideas he drew out from my work.

A new video, “Just Like Us” will have it’s world premier at the Rome Film Festival, as part of the Cinema XXI program.

Some other festivals and things coming up/already happened:

  • The Invisible World will screen as part of Kassel Documentary film and Video Festival
  • The Invisible World will screen at the Impakt Festival
  • The Invisible World screened at 25 FPS
  • The Invisible World screened as part of Dallas Video Festival
  • Remote screened at the Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival
(still from Just Like Us)


Headroom Screening Series, the microcinema I began last spring is continuing on this fall with recent screenings by Sasha Waters Freyer, Jason Lazarus and Eric Fleischauer, and Mike Olenick. I look forward to an exciting spring 2014 with more collaborations/guest curators and visiting artists. More on past and future programs can be found here:


Summer/Fall 2013 updates!

Hello, here are some updates regarding shows that happened this summer and upcoming events. Most of the summer has been spent preparing for a solo exhibition titled “Stars, They’re Just Like Us” at Interstate Projects, opening September 7 and running through October 20, 2013.

Stars, They’re Just Like Us

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

* * *

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

The work in this show investigates the paradox of connection and belonging within systems that simultaneously contain us and comprise us.

Between adoration and denunciation we find an unpredictable psychological space. We build this space out of a yearning for connection to something other than ourselves, something extraordinary. Here we can see our potential for greatness, even stardom. Yet another desire is also shaped in this space, a conflicting desire to reduce this greatness to the prosaic. We probe further and deeper, looking for evidence that this extraordinary presence is ordinary after all, that the stars are just like us.


Other news:

My video Lose Yourself  is screening on Vdrome through the end of August. Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema.

The Invisible World will screen in the competition program as part of the 25 FPS Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. The festival takes place Sept. 26-29, 2013.

The Invisible World will screen as part of the 17th Annual Edition of Views from the Avant-Garde, in the 51st New York Film Festival. Views will take place between Thursday, October 3 and Monday October 7, 2013 at the elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on 65th Street at Lincoln Center.

I will present a solo screening of videos as part of the Show & Tell series at Anthology Film Archives, programmed by Andrew Lampert. The screening will take place Thursday, October 17, 2013 and include a conversation afterwards with Rachael Rakes. More details to come.

Remote will screen as part of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland, happening November 5-10, 2013. More details coming in October.

The Eternal Quarter Inch will screen as part of “20 Years of CUFF (Chicago Underground Film Festival”, a retrospective shorts program at Spectacle Theater in NYC, happening September 17, 2013.

The Eternal Quarter Inch will be included in the Fall East Coast tour of Acid Rain, featuring videos from 2008-2013. The tour info can be found here

Headroom, the microcinema series I began last spring is back for another season. Check out the new site (still under construction!) for information on the fall season featuring Sasha Waters Freyer’s “Chekhov for Children“, Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus’s “256 Colors” and Mike Olenick’s “All the Memory in the World” with more to come.

Solo Program at Winnepeg Underground Film Festival

5 x Jesse McLean / 59 min
7PM /// Sat, June 15 // @ Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 1/3 Ross St. / $5


Jesse McLean is a media artist based in Iowa City, IA, whose work utilizes a combination of found footage and originally shot materials to examine contemporary questions about culture, technology and human behaviour. She was the recipient of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the Images Festival in 2011. Since then her work has screened internationally, and she’s become a fixture at experimental and underground film festivals worldwide. WUFF is excited to present, all for the first time in Manitoba, five acclaimed works by Jesse McLean:

Somewhere Only We Know 

Magic for Beginners



The Invisible World