Jim Finn: MFA Thesis Presentation

Jim Finn: MFA Thesis Presentation

First United Presbyterian Church, 1913 5th Ave., Troy, NY

February 27, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Juche Idea (62 min, 2008) by Jim Finn

In the late 1960's Kim Jong Il 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 was shot in Troy and other parts of upstate New
York and Massachusetts including the rafters above and tunnels underneath
the church. Some of the local talent includes Jung Yoon Lee, Daniela
Kostova, Sung Kim and, of course, Oleg Mavromatti. Music by the North
Korean Army, Pauline Oliveros, Alex Chechile and Neung Phak."

Directions: Screening at the First United Presbyterian Church in downtown Troy:
1915 5th Ave., near Fulton St. (Go through the gate and walk in through the left side)

Reception to follow.

More info: http://jimfinn.org/home.html

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