• Jim Finn Shorts

    12 videos

    A collection of short films by experimental filmmaker, Jim Finn.

  • Zinoviev's Tube

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • With Lois Severin • 2014 • 22 minutes

    In this tape—the second in the Inner Trotsky Child video series—narrator Lois Severin is back with advice for post-Berlin Wall leftists dealing with life in the Prime Material Plane of Corporate Capitalism. Instead of a s...

  • wüstenspringmaus

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2002 • 3 minutes

    "'The gerbil has long been associated with New World capitalism because of its incessant energy...' The Golden Age of Hollywood takes on the history and evolution of this delightful household pet." —International Film Festival Rotterdam

  • super-max

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2003 • 13 minutes

    "Finn's chilling super-max is 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 Cl...

  • Sunday School with Franz Hinkelammert

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2012 • 52 minutes

    The violent overreaction to 9/11 and to the revolutions of the 1960’s cannot be explained only with fear and politics. Franz Hinkelammert, a German-born liberation theologian, economist and philosopher, brings religion front and center to th...

  • Great Man and Cinema

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2009 • 4 minutes

    Kim Jong Il, the Stalinist David O. Selznick, runs the state film studio as a way of promoting his own and his father's cult of personality. The film's title "Great Man and Cinema" comes from a propaganda booklet filled with stories of how th...

  • Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • With Lois Severin • 2013 • 21 minutes

    "Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child also riffs on the self-help genre by reading the persecution of the Russian Marxist of the title as an allegory for finding inner peace. Mimicking the wobbly appearance of Eightie...

  • el güero

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2001 • 3 minutes

    "A refreshing look at karaoke, psychedelic dance moves, and donuts all mashed together into a small and swinging film about a man who considers his private thoughts and private jokes worth sharing with a large audience. And it’s unlikely that...

  • The Drunkard's Lament

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • With Linda Montano, Paul Tarragó, Isabella Pinheiro, Murray Gordon, Nandini Khaund, Jim Finn, Cat Mazza, Franz & Cosmina Mazza Finn, Jacob Burckhardt • 2018 • 40 minutes

    When Branwell — the ne’er-do-well, tubercular brother of the Brontë sisters — discove...

  • Dick Cheney in a Cold, Dark Cell

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2009 • 3 minutes

    River ice sets the scene for Judy Garland's international cri de coeur. It's hard to understate the amount of anxiety created by a vice president who usurped authority for eight years to start wars and wreck the economy and then sidled off to...

  • Decision 80

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2003 • 10 minutes

    "A decisive moment in American history remixed into the prelude to your worst nightmare." —New York Underground Film Festival

  • comunista!

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2001 • 4 minutes

    "You are invited to Jim’s party! Snake optional." —Cinematexas Festival

  • Chums from Across the Void

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • With Lois Severin, Isabella Pinheiro & James Mazza • 2015 • 18 minutes

    Little Radek, the step-dancing Bolshevik; Machera, the Andean Robin Hood, and Maria Spiridonova, the Russian socialist assassin are your guides for Past Leftist Life Regression therapy...

  • Christmas with Chávez

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2013 • 2 minutes

    Weeks before the 2006 midterm elections, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez came to the United Nations and delivered his "smells of sulfur" speech about Bush. After that speech, Bush was officially a lame duck—the Republicans lost the House and...

  • Interkosmos

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • With Nandini Khaund, Gorav Milos, Dean DeMatteis, Jim Finn, Ruediger van den Boom • 2007 • 71 minutes

    "...the debut feature film from Jim Finn....will undoubtedly become a cult classic. ...an almost anally-retentive eye for the iconography and fashions of the...

  • La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2007 • 60 minutes

    La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo is a recreation of one day at the Canto Grande prison in Peru, following women guerrillas from the Maoist Shining Path movement in their morning marches to their bedtime chants. Kept isolated in t...

  • The Juche Idea

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2008 • 62 minutes

    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 Confuc...

  • The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2020 • 61 minutes

    For four years in the 1860’s half of the United States was held hostage by an unrecognized white supremacist republic. Shot on 16mm in national military parks, swamps, forests and the suburban sprawl across the former battlefields, the film ...

  • Communist Trilogy

    3 videos

    "What happens when you take an independent American filmmaker, a fetish for Communist memorabilia, and subtract all irony? Pretty much the films of Jim Finn." —Filmmaker Magazine

    This trilogy of films is part of MoMA's permanent collection.

  • Forever

    Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 2006 • 95 minutes

    Through a leisurely tour of the world-famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world, FOREVER provides an unusually poignant, emotiona...