Jeanne C. Finley

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Jeanne C. Finley works in film, video, photography, installation, internet, and socially engaged work to create hybrid documentary and expanded cinema projects. Her recent projects weave a discursive, cinematic fabric of narrative, documentary interviews, scientific evidence, and archival and original footage to investigate sites of transformative events. These range from individual events, such as a manhole that exploded under a man’s car, to sites where the trajectories of nations have shifted, such as the hilltop where her mother participated in the Allied invasion of Southern France.  Finley’s process moves between affective and analytic registers, allowing them to inform and challenge one another.  The resulting films, installations, and social engagement projects employ collaborative processes with artists, scientists, audience members, and interview subjects.


Finley’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New York Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and the George Pompidou Center. She has received many grants, including a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation, Cal Arts / Alpert Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Phelan Award. Since 1989 Jeanne has worked in collaboration with John Muse on many installation and video projects.  She has created projects through the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Camargo Foundation in France, the Arts Link Fellowship in Bosnia and Kazakhstan, the Fulbright Fellowship in Belgrade and the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation in Istanbul. Her films have won awards at international festivals including the San Francisco Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Berlin Video Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and World Wide Video Festival. Jeanne currently lives in San Francisco Her gallery work is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery and her films are distributed by Video Data Bank, Women Make Movies, and Electronic Arts Intermix.



Professor, Film
Professor, Fine Arts
Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

BFA, University of California, Santa Cruz; MFA, University of Arizona