NEW FILMS BY JIM FINN
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SELECTED SCREENINGS
World Premiere
International Film Festival Rotterdam,

January 2006

New York Underground Film Festival,
March 8, 2006

IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
April 20-30, 2006

Nashville Film Festival, Tennessee
April 21, 2006

Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
May 7 & 11, 2006

Jacksonville Film Festival, Florida
May 18-21, 2006

Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 9 & 10, 2006

Cinevegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
June 9-17, 2006

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
June 9 & 13, 2006

Chicago Filmmakers,
June 23, 2006

Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
June 25 & 29, 2006

George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
July 15, 2006

Maine International Film Festival, Waterville
July 14-23, 2006

Northwest Film Center, Portland, Oregon
July 29, 2006

Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, Washington
August 1, 2006

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
August 2, 2006

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland
August 14-27, 2006

Seoul Film Festival, South Korea
September 8-17, 2006

Bard College, New York
September 20, 2006

Split Film Festival, Croatia
September 25 to October 1, 2006

Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada
September 29 to October 7, 2006

Underdox, Munich, Germany
October 5-11, 2006

Pop Montréal Music Festival, Quebec
October 4-8, 2006

The Pleasure Dome, Toronto
October 6, 2006

Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya, Spain
October 6-15, 2006

Cork Film Festival, Ireland
October 8-15, 2006

Milwaukee International Film Festival,
October 19-29, 2006

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
October 27, 2006

Leeds International Film Festival, U.K.
November 2-12, 2006

Hartford International Film Festival, Conn.
November 10, 2006

Cinematheque Leipzig, Germany
November 19, 2006

Trieste International Science Fiction Festival, Italy, November 21-26, 2006

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
November 29, 2006

Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen
January 6, 21, 24, 2007

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst,
Leipzig, Germany, January 25, 2007

Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, England
February 1-4, 2007

Starlight Cinema, University of Wisconsin, Madison, March 22, 2007

Melbourne Cinematheque, Australia
April 4, 2007

Southern Circuit Tour, traveling
April 15-22, 2007

Cornell Cinema, Ithaca
May 10, 2007

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
May 11, 2007

Aurora Picture Show, Houston Texas
September 8, 2007

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, Sweden, September 13-22, 2007

Union Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin
November 29, 2007

Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid
November 11, 23, December 14, 2007

Culture Fair, Student Centre Zagreb, Croatia
December 13-16, 2007

Buenos Aires Festival del Cine Independiente, Argentina, April 8-20, 2008

Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, Estonia
March 2008

St. Louis International Film Festival, Missouri, November 14, 2008

Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, November, 2008

Gijón International Film Festival, Spain
November 2008

IVAC/Filmoteca, Valencia, Spain
January 2009


"What a delight! How charming and fantastic, so full of rare atmospheres."
Guy Maddin,
director of The Saddest Music in the World

DVD AVAILABLE THROUGH FACETS MULTIMEDIA
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PINK VINYL SOUNDTRACK LP OUT NOW ON SHRUG RECORDS
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WIRED MAGAZINE NAMES INTERKOSMOS TO ITS BEST SHOESTRING SCI-FI OF 2006
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INDIEWIRE NAMES INTERKOSMOS TO ITS BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILMS OF 2006
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SYNOPSIS FROM THE CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL:
"How proud we are all to have this sterling document of the eternal perseverance of the International Communist Movement! Comrade Director Jim Finn's even hand is ever present in this chronicle of the INTERKOSMOS project, the heretofore secret pinnacle of USSR and DDR collaboration in the unforgiving vacuum of space. Please appreciate many fine displays of Socialism in action, not to mention an inspiring drill march by two proud field hockey teams. There is even an inspiring song about a Guinea Pig who becomes and Interkosmonaut himself! Let it always be known that regardless of the mission's relative successes or failures, the resolve displayed by our Comrades in this film will terrify the powers of the bourgeoisie to their core. And the music is very well recorded."
[From The Young Person's Filmic Appreciation Periodical, 1978. Translated from the German by Jon Korn.]

SYNOPSIS FROM THE EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL:
To boldly go where no Socialist Realist has gone before...
A tongue-in-cheek homage to an East German space project that never was, this delightful debut feature from American visual artist Finn blends archival newsreel footage with musical interludes (think, Busby Berkeley meets Erich Honecker), to capture a genuine sense of surreal fun, as GDR astronauts venture, not merely into Earth's orbit (big deal!), but farther afield: aiming to colonise the moons of Jupiter and Saturn in the name of International Communism. Perfectly capturing the requisite tone - all the self-glorifying hyperbole and grim seriousness of the Brezhnev-era Communist Bloc - this is priceless. Look out for the Clangers-like GDR-TV animation (The Little Space Pig). Oh, and that groovy hockey team dance sequence.

VILLAGE VOICE REVIEW:
"Jim Finn's Interkosmos, a retro gust of Communist utopianism, is set to open the New York Underground Film Festival on March 8. A cosmonaut romance set aboard a 1970s East German space mission to colonize the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, Interkosmos weaves together lovingly faked archival footage, charmingly undermotivated musical numbers, propagandistic maxims ("Capitalism is like a kindergarten of boneless children"), stop-motion animation (of a suitably crude GDR-era level), a Teutonic (and vaguely Herzogian) voiceover, and a superb garage-y Kraut-rock score (by Jim Becker and Colleen Burke). Finn's deadpan is immaculately bone-dry, and his antiquarian fastidiousness is worthy of Guy Maddin"
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