Feelings, screenings…

Hello, here are some cool things happening/upcoming that I’m lucky enough to be a part of…

FEELINGS – VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith.  Really excited that Somewhere only we know is screening as part of a program on VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith. It’s an incredible line-up! And the writing about the program is terrific, as to be expected from such thoughtful and brilliant curators as these two. Feature-length program of moving image work under the theme FEELINGS. Artists include: A.L. Steiner & robbinschilds, Ben Coonley, Dani Leventhal,  Kevin Jerome Everson, John Smith, Jesse McLean, Dan Sandin, Basma AlsharifCooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke, Leslie Thornton, and Nicolas Provost. Can be viewed here.

Kassel Dokfest – I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining will screen at Kassel Dokfest on Nov. 15, 2015. Wish I could be there to attend this fantastic fest.

I’m in Pittsburgh… will also screen at Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Brazil. Thrilled!

Somewhere only we know will screen as part of a curated program by Juliana Cope at Sunview Luncheonette a cooperatively run space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sunday, November 8th7-9pm).

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining has been selected for the Filmer A Tout Prix festival which will take place between the 5th and the 10th of november 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. Thrilled!

Also,  Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, Nouvelle Vagues Competition, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, is happening now, and I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining synopsis sounds nice in French…

Et si les doublures avaient aussi droit à la parole, comme n’importe quel acteur ? Entre réflections et transparences, Jesse Mc Lean dévoile avec grâce et ingéniosité l’une des faces qui se cachent derrière la fabrication du cinéma hollywoodien.

Au revoir!


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival – Inntravel Short Film Awards

I’m incredibly honored that I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining is not only screening at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival but is in competition for an Inntravel Short Film Award, with some excellent company and impressive jurors!

From the site:

The Inntravel Short Film Awards programme features some of the most exciting and ambitious contemporary filmmakers working today. Our jury, featuring filmmakers Beatrice Gibson and Salomé Lamas alongside curator Fatos Üstek, will present Inntravel’s prestigious award following the screening.

Rehana Zaman | UK | 2014 | 13

A Distant Episode
Ben Rivers | UK | 2015 | 20

Consider the Belvedere
Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson | Canada | 2015 | 10

From Our Own Correspondent
Lucy Clout | UK | 2015 | 10

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining
Jesse McLean | USA | 2015 | 15

Sound of My Soul
Wojciech Bakowski | Poland | 2014 | 13

This Particular Nowhere
Rita Macedo | Germany, Portugal | 2015 | 8

Mediated Realities: Videos by Jesse McLean, Art + Artists Program at 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival

MILWAUKEE – The 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announces its lineup for Art + Artists. Now in its second year, the Art + Artists program features a selection of films that explore and celebrate creativity in the performing and visual arts.

Mediated Realities: Videos by Jesse McLean
(USA / 2008-2015 / Director: Jesse McLean)
Clip from I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining: https://vimeo.com/130942011
This special presentation of works by leading avant-garde filmmaker Jesse McLean showcases her deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Through deft use of collage, each of McLean’s videos subtly questions viewers’ associations with the information we consume daily, while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are reclaimed and transformed.

Upcoming and recent screenings – Summer/Fall 2015

Hello! Here are a few upcoming screenings that I’m really excited about and a few screenings that happened recently:


25 FPS, Zagreb, Croatia, I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom, I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining 

Concorto Film Festival, Pontenure, Piacenza, Italy, I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining

Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, Nouvelle Vagues Competition, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining

The Ridge Space, Expanded Supercut, Oakland, CA, Somewhere only we know

Other People’s Screens, Body Doubles, Cincinnati, OH, I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining

University of California, Santa Barbara, Portal Atop a Bus Stop, Santa Barbara, CA, The Eternal Quarter Inch

Summer 2015 updates!


Here are some upcoming screenings this summer, and a few cool things which happened already. Very honored and excited to be participating/have partipated in such great events with these excellent artists and curators!


La Vidéoshop – Sarah Christman + Jesse McLean – Honored to share the evening with Sarah Christman, who will screen  Gowanus Canal, Broad Channel, As Above, So Below, 7285 followed by a screening of mine featuring The Eternal Quarter Inch, Somewhere only we know, The Invisible World and The Burning Blue. 

La Vidéoshop is the first and last store in a video rental chain that will never stretch from North America to France. La Vidéoshop will offer videos that you can’t find at a video shop. Avant-garde, anti-commercial, and DIY. La Vidéoshop will be located in a space that we can’t afford (Do you have any idea how much it costs to rent this place?). La Vidéoshop doesn’t sell anything. We don’t charge admission to the nightly screenings. Even the wine is free. Our business model is fatally flawed. La Vidéoshop won’t last. Enquire within for franchising opportunities. One day, there won’t be a Vidéoshop near you. Curated by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown.

Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky Castle, Flex Fest with Kino.Lab, Warsaw, Poland, Somewhere only we know + Yesilçam Sinemasi, FOL Sunar: Amerikan Deneysel Sinemasi’ndan Seçkiler, Istanbul, Turkey, Somewhere only we know + Carte Blanche au FLEX FEST, Paris, France, Somewhere only we know-  these screenings curated by Roger Beebe, other artists include Jodie Mack, Steve Reinke, Lauren Cook, Ben Russell, Paul Clipson, Hope Tucker, Adele Horne, Mike Stoltz, Scott Stark!!!

CAC Cinema, Human. Machine. Material, Vilnius, Lithuania, The Invisible World – organized by Leo Goldsmith and Lukas Brasiskis, an experimental film program on the subject of machinic vision called ”Human. Machine. Material.” The film program will take place in August 4–16, 2015 at CAC Cinema in Vilnius, Lithuania. They have selected 20 films and video artworks from different periods of experimental film history and from different countries (France, US, Germany, Russia, US, etc.).

Secret Cinema: Star Wars, Future Shorts, London, England, The Eternal Quarter Inch, organized by Emma Mattei, who also programs and co-founded kinematic International Short Film Festival in Malta. September – more details to come…

Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, Nouvelle Vagues Competition, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining – French Premier! Curated by the amazing Paolo Moretti! October, 2015, more details to come…


Live to Tape: Artist Television Festival, Links Hall, Chicago, IL, Somewhere only we know – organized by Jesse Malmed, this was an incredible event in Chicago that featured days of incredible videos and more…

About Live to Tape: a week of smart, groundbreaking, funny, beautiful, vital, courageous artist videos, talk shows, films, performances, psychedelic cartoons and surprises by more than sixty artists spanning over four decades—Monday, May 18th to Sunday, May 24th at 7:00 (plus an extra, kid-friendly program Saturday at 1:00 pm) as the legendary Links Hall (3111 W Western).

European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany, I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Underground Film Festival Award Screening, Chicago, IL, Remote



Some life changes! In July, I’ll be leaving Iowa City and my position at University of Iowa in the Department of Cinematic Arts and moving to Milwaukee to join the Dept. of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at UWMilwaukee. Thrilled to join this wonderful program and the incredible film/video/art community in Milwaukee! Headroom Screening Series will continue to program and support experimental cinema in Iowa City under the guidance and curation of the excellent Mike Gibisser and Jason Livingston. Thanks to all my Iowa colleagues and friends for all the support and inspiring collaboration over the years.


Spring 2015 updates

Hello and Happy Spring! Below are some updates regarding upcoming activities, lots of cool stuff coming up with some travel and screenings:

March 23-29Ann Arbor Film Festival, I’m participating as a juror and am thrilled to see so much great work and present a solo program.

March 23The Invisible World screens at the Cleveland Institute of Art

April 3-9 – I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining screening as part of the Athens International Film and Video Festival

April 5-7 –  First Person Cinema – UC Boulder screening, looking forward to mountains!

April 18-20 –  Experimental Response Cinema screening in Austin and a visit to Texas State.

May 13-17 –  I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining screens as part of Chicago Underground Film Festival.


I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining