Artists' Television Access

Men and Animals Film Tour 2003

Jim Finn and Dean Rank in Person

Thursday, May 1, 2003, 8:00 pm, $5



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



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.




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.



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