Jesse Malmed: Cinemanifesto

Directed by: Jesse Malmed


Jesse is a multi-media artist who creates conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing pieces that convey both astute discernment and biting wit. Drawing on the history of avant-garde moving image culture, conceptual poetics, ecstatic improvisation, dense wordplay and humor, Jesse makes art using moving images, text, performance, installation and the overlaps and gaps thereof. Through deliberate mistranslation and the strategic denaturing of languages and codes, Jesse revels in revealing extra-communicative potential as sound, image, and object to shift audiences’ concepts of the cinema. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he earned a BA in Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College and has lived/worked in Tivoli, Santa Fe, San Francisco and Portland. He has screened, exhibited and performed at spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2012 Shanghai Biennale, Portland Art Museum's Northwest Film Center, The Utah Museum of Fine Art, Light Industry, Echo Park Film Center, and the Northwest Film Forum.

Why you should watch: Even “film-art” has a sense of humor.

Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 pm // Chicago Filmmakers' Screening Space - 5243 N. Clark St. in Andersonville // $8 suggested donation
Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm // Columbia College Chicago Ferguson Theater – 600 S. Michigan Ave. // $8 Admission & FREE for CCC Faculty, Students, and Staff // Ferguson Theater is wheelchair accessible

Emerging Inspirations Series
Our “Emerging Inspiration Series” pairs contemporary Chicago film & video artists with the work of a filmmaker who has inspired their vision. The series showcases groundbreaking moving-image media from up-and-coming artists while paying homage to the deep cultural legacy of film in Chicago. Each program will showcase one Chicago artist and inspiration(s) of their choosing and will run 80 minutes in length with an additional post-screening artist talk. This series is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant arts community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit
5243 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago