THE ANNOTATED FIELD GUIDE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT

11/17/2021 05:30 pm – Krypta der Marktkirche

United States 2020 61 min Original version

Script: Jim Finn, DoP: Jim Finn, Production: Negativland Film Labs, Producer: Cat Mazza

Portraying war cinematically is always a complicated undertaking. From the very beginning, Jim Finn chooses an unusual approach for his film essay on the American Civil War. Using static images of former battlefields, contemplative observations of monuments and memorial sites and stop-motion animations of meticulously detailed boardgames, he attempts a somewhat different examination of this complex chapter of US-American history. An off-screen voice detailing the turmoil and hardship of the war of secession of 1861 to ’65 lingers at times on bloody anecdotes, while at others it impassively intones the numbers of the fallen. The 16 mm material flatters the eye, and the soundtrack frequently manages to create a peculiar atmosphere. A short, clever film about a long and horrific era.

Jim Finn’s movies have been called “Utopian comedies” and “trompe l’oeil films”. The New York Times wrote: “Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art, Mr. Finn’s meticulous, deadpan mockumentaries often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe.” His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His films have screened at international, avant-garde and underground film festivals as well as museums, universities, cinematheques and microcinemas. THE ANNOTATED FIELD GUIDE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT is his first
feature-length documentary.

Filmography (selection): 2001 COMUNISTA, 2010 THE JUCHE IDEA, 2013 ENCOUNTERS WITH YOUR INNER TROTSKY CHILD (all short films), 2020 THE ANNOTATED FIELD GUIDE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT

Contact

Jim Finn
finn.jim@gmail.com
jimfinn.org