Jane Gillooly

JANE GILLOOLY is committed to the art of narrative, how it is constructed, and how complex and often hidden histories, can be made accessible. What connects her work is an empathetic curiosity about particular individuals’ struggles. Especially when history, politics and personal crises conspire. Gillooly is a Guggenheim Fellow and has had one-person screening/exhibitions at MOMA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Art of the Real, the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Other honors include Best International Film at IMAGES Festival in Toronto, and numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the LEF Foundation Moving Image Award. Recent work includes Suitcase of Love and Shame. A film which was sourced from audio recorded in the 1960s. Suitcase is a blended narrative of invented images and archival sound. Audience of Love and Shame, was commissioned by the Museum of the Moving Image. This companion piece is a two-shot film of an audience watching Suitcase of Love and Shame, and uses the audio from the original work. A podcast version of this work, that incorporates material that was omitted from the film, was produced for Love + Radio and released through Public Radio International. Her current work, Where the Pavement Ends (2018) depicts a microhistory of race relations in America by examining her home town of Ferguson Missouri and how past injustices prefigure those of today.

Selected Works

  • Where the Pavement Ends
  • Suitcase of Love and Shame
  • Leona's Sister Gerri

Screenings featuring this Filmmaker