Just Like Us at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Just Like Us is in competition at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and plays in International Competition 8. I will be in attendance!


International Competition 8

(afterwards: discussion with the directors at the Festival Space)

Just Like Us, Jesse McLean, USA, 2013, 15′

Radioactive, Funahashi Atsushi, Japan, 2013, 35′

U ime naroda, Dalibor Martinis, Croatia, 2013, 18′

Hina no kubi, Funayama Hiroko, Japan, 2014, 5′

Adeline for Leaves,  Jessica Sarah Rinland, GB, 2013, 13′

Mon, 5 May, Lichtburg Filmpalast/Lichtburg, 14.30 h

Discussion: Mon, 5 May, Festival Space, 16.00 h

Mon, 5 May, Lichtburg Filmpalast/Gloria, 22.30 h (repeat)

Just Like Us at Art of the Real – with Farocki and Pearson!

Just Like Us plays as part of Art of the Real with Harun Farocki and Benjamin Pearson. Can’t describe what an honor it is to screen my work with these people!

Francesca Beale Theater

At a design consultancy in Hamburg, a new corporate office concept is under development. In long, awkward office meetings, illustrated with perplexing diagrams, senior staff pontificate on the future thriving workplace, one inevitably powered by neoliberal buzzwords like flexibility, openness, and communication. With a light touch, Farocki arranges these scenes into a revelatory black satire of contemporary managerial process.

Screening with:

Just Like Us
Jesse McLean | USA | 2013 | Digital Projection | 15m
The memories of an anonymous narrator who was once a body double for a famous actress punctuate a vast suburban waste space of empty parks and big box parking lots, and mingle with paparazzi footage and clippings. Here the tabloid insistence that we become intimate with the lives of celebrities takes a deep literal turn.

Former Models
Benjamin Pearson | USA | 2013 | Digital Projection | 20m
A sci-fi toned meditation on celebrity and the loss of the self in the public image, Former Models retraces the tragic rise and fall of Milli Vanilli, narrated by Rob Pilatus himself, in the form of a robot voice.



FPS featuring Jesse McLean at the Tivoli in Kansas City, MO

Plug Projects, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute Painting Department and University of Missouri Kansas City Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to present Jesse McLean’s moving image work to a Kansas City audience. McLean’s videos use the cultural detritus of the media landscape to explore the experience of mediated psychic spaces. “My work is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and failure of the mediated experience to bring people together.”

Five of McLean’s films will be screened, The Eternal Quarter Inch (2008); Magic For Beginners (2010); Remote (2011); The Invisible World (2012); and Just Like Us (2013). The screening will take place Wednesday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport (4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111).

With a sense of both deep empathy and skepticism, McLean’s work investigates the nature of our media saturated existence. It questions how the nature of the human experience might be changing through and because of our ingrained relationships to mediation. In an interview with Jesse Malmed from Bad at Sports she says, “My work is about both the power to and the failure of mediated experiences to bind us together. I temper the experiences that are procured through media in an effort to understand why they are so effective.” Collaging a wide variety of sources into evocative visual and aural spectacle, McLean’s creates transformative experiences that are undergirded with a sincere desire for understanding.

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 Vdrome.org

- 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.