Jim Jennings

Canal Cinema () 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

"A unique kind of lyricism comes through and hovers over the images on the screen like the light that projects and contains them." --Ernie Gehr on Jim Jennings' films

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Jim Jennings

Edge (1972) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A wide-angle opening gliding against the screen's four edges four edges, within a field of tree-tops against a sky of color.

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Jim Jennings

Refraction (1972) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A moving body of glass and lens filled with the filtering light of autumn leaves.

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Jim Jennings

Proximity (1973) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A frame which contains the constant fusion and divisions of naked constructions which contain the approaching waves of an ocean whose origin is unknown.

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Jim Jennings

Leaves (1975) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The writing between the leaves.

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Jim Jennings

Clothesline (1977) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Stretched across the sky until the film bursts.

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Jim Jennings

Dispatch (1979) 16mm, black and white, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Overlapping schedules as harmonies collide.

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Jim Jennings

Chambers (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Movements echoed in the ceiling of a public space made private.

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Jim Jennings

Chinatown (1978) 16mm, black and white, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

The silent language of a city in a city.

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Jim Jennings

Counterpane (1979) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

Sky shape cut outs patterned by building frames.

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Jim Jennings

Fall (aka Wall Street) (1980) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Working masses ascending while descending in autumn shadow.

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Jim Jennings

Brighton (1983) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Darkness connects and disconnects moments staged in steel subway elevation stop. --J. J.

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Jim Jennings

Fairy Tale, A (1984) 16mm, black and white, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

A fairy tale told.

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Jim Jennings

St. Cristobal (1984) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

A place foreign to me transfigured by me.

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Jim Jennings

Color Blind (1985) 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Traffic patterns between realities.

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Jim Jennings

Shades (1985) 16mm, black and white, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

City structures balanced in filmic structures.

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Jim Jennings

School of Athens (1997) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Intrigue (1998) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"The film was shot and edited in the camera beneath the El at Brighton, Brooklyn a.k.a. 'Little Odessa.' The film is to be experienced for what it is and at the same time suggest a spectrum of incomprehensible inner emotions. The title suggests the motivation which culminates here."--Jim Jennings

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Jim Jennings

Painting the Town (1998) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

As a teenager, I started making films in the late 60's with a 16mm Keystone camera that my father's family had used to make home movies in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Since graduating from Bard College in 1973 as a Film Major, I have lived in NYC, making films on and off, while simultaneously being employed in unrelated fields. On more than one occasion I tried and failed to make a film in Times Square. A year ago while walking through there at night, I was inspired to try again. The filming was done on consecutive weekend nights. Between weekends I would have the 100-foot roll or two developed and project them once or twice. Propelled by "chords" and "melodies" that tantalized me, I would then go back for more in the editing room, after exhausting the shooting process, I freed my "Lullaby of Broadway". These two screenings of PAINTING THE TOWN are dedicated to Ken Jacobs, whose work and encouragement I am grateful for.--Jim Jennings

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Jim Jennings

Silvercup (1998) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

A tender ode to the industrial neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, strung together with Manhattan across the East River by the Queensborough Bridge and the elevated subway line. "The trains and webs of steel enslave and at the same time bring us together. The past haunts me, and at the same time its memories are precious. Much of the film was edited in the camera. About half of what I shot was discarded, and in the editing room I very slowly removed and arranged what remained after several screenings." -Jim Jennings

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Jim Jennings

Skyscraper (2001) 16mm, b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Poems of Rome (Part 1) (1997) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Silk Ties (2006) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Bruges (2006) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

City Opera (2000) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Fashion Avenue (2007) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Greenpoint (2007) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Interior (1999) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Megalopolis (2000) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Bye Bye Bob (1989) 16mm, b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Made in memory of filmmaker Bob Fleischner

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Jim Jennings

Close Quarters (2005) 16mm, b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

"CLOSE QUARTERS etches scaly textures and carves wedges of light into a silent, velvety shadowbox where a cat stands watch over a sleeping mistress. Jennings teasingly conflates the cat's paw with the woman's bare feet protruding from the covers." -- Ioannis Mookas

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Jim Jennings

Daily Commute (2002) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Day Dream (2000) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"In a way, making street films is daydreaming with a camera. It's capturing a fantasy you're having when you're wide awake and life is going on around you. There is, of course, a similarity between daydreaming and making any kind of art because they both spring from that narrow groove between the subconscious and the conscious. That's when self-expression and technical problem-solving both flow together in an almost mystical way. For me this film represents that mental state. I shot it in late July 2001 but put it away for some forgotten reason. It's very much about everyday life--a nondescript New York neighborhood on a calm Sunday afternoon, garbage cans piled high, feet reading here and there . . . but it's also about the magic I can see in that world when I free my subconscious. I made this film so effortlessly (I just cut out one brief shot) because I was so fully in that mindset, which, I think, shows in the nature of the images."

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Jim Jennings

Elements (2002) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Formal abstractions of the Manhattan cityscape are viewed through the physical and emotional blurrings of a rainstorm.

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Jim Jennings

F-Stops (1999) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Lost and Found (1984) 16mm, b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

Made in Chinatown (2006) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

MADE IN CHINATOWN was made in Chinatown. -- Jim Jennings

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Jim Jennings

Prague Winter (2006) 16mm, b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Jennings is best known for his portraits of New York City street life, and with good reason; his patient eye and deft camera-stylo approach represent one of the key contributions to the "city symphony" genre since its heyday in the 1940s. Jennings, along with Ernie Gehr and Ken Jacobs, is one of the preeminent urban film-poets. He does regularly stray beyond this mien, sometimes exploring the domestic interior (as in his 2004 masterpiece Close Quarters) but also packing up the Bolex and filming urban doings abroad. These films are inevitably compared to the Manhattan works, and it's often difficult not to register them as films of overwhelming discovery or even dislocation. Jennings' intimate knowledge of New York is precisely what allows him to continually renew his vision, staking out unconventional ways of looking at the deeply familiar. On the other hand, his Venice film, 2001's Impossible Love, struck me as customarily lovely but a tad awkward, as though Jennings is using the film to organize unexpected sensations but without the templates that can provide order and shape to such immediacy. (Think of it as jazz improv, with vs. without a chart.) So part of what's so surprising about Prague Winter is that it feels so lived in, so thoroughly grounded. It's not so much that Jennings makes Prague look like Manhattan (although there are commonalities in terms of architecture and the gaps of light between it). But the film restricts itself to sights on and around the tram, which provides an uncharacteristic linearity to the film. What's more, Jennings' status as a guest observer seems to bring out a humanism in his work, as he fixates on the elderly and, implicitly, the history to which they've been subjected. The post-Communist malaise hardens into grim acceptance, and this, along with the physical traces of Prague's history as manifested in the built environment, is what fascinates Jennings here. His camera is tender and unobtrusive, as you would expect from a filmmaker of his sensitivity. But I did come away feeling like this was the first of Jennings' films that kind of explained itself very clearly on first pass, rather like an impressionistic documentary.

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Jim Jennings

Public Domain (2008) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

PUBLIC DOMAIN was shot over Manhattan in my subway travels from job to job.

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Jim Jennings

Train of Thought (2009) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"TRAIN OF THOUGHT flips subway rushes in various directions and quick cuts to provide a whole line study of broadway (Queens) boogie-woogie that only occasionally syncopates into rhythms, while giving the wet apparitions of the metro--graffiti, rust, people's crowded, fleeting faces . . ." -- David Phelps

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Jim Jennings

Wash (1999) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Jennings

South of The Border (1983-2011) color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage

Footage shot on Super 8 in Mexico in 1983. It sat in a box in a closet for fifteen years or so. I came across the footage in the late 90s, had it blown up to 16mm, spent a lot of time editing it, and came up with this in the end. - J.J

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Jim Jennings

Lost Our Lease (2013) b&w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal

Lost our Lease was filmed during working hours going from here to there in and out of a work van playing hooky and the title was given to me. It was shot and edited around 10 years ago and the title was given to me from the street. -J.J.

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