James N. Kienitz Wilkins is an artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Working mostly in film and video, his projects have screened internationally. He’s received grants and support from Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Experimental Television Center, and elsewhere. Residencies include the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts’ Art & Law Program, Jihlava Inspiration Forum, Berlin Talents, and the MacDowell Colony. He produces and distributes his work through The Automatic Moving Co., an artist group and production company based in New York. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art.
Public Hearing (Orig.) / 2012 / United States / 109 min
Public Hearing re-performs a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, an ensemble cast read between the lines in an ironic debate over the replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart...