The 2018 MUFF Team is more than pleased to announce our festival jury: Mike Stoltz, Tomonari Nishikawa, and UWM’s own Jesse McLean!
Tomonari Nishikawa’s work explores the idea of documenting situations/phenomena through a chosen medium and technique, often focusing on its process. His films have been screened internationally, including Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He has also curated screening programs for various venues, including Balagan in Boston, Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, Early Monthly Segments in Toronto, Korean Film Archive in Seoul, and Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in Tokyo. He is a co-founder of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival and Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. Nishikawa currently teaches in Cinema Department at Binghamton University.
Mike Stoltz is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose practice is dictated by process, working directly with the tools of cinema (moving images, sound, special effects, montage and projection) to reexamine the familiar. His works are rooted in a bodily encounter with the subject. This manifests on screen by engaging with performers from behind the camera, chance-based interventions in landscape, moving the camera in concert with architectural structures, or directly addressing the audience through gesture and language.
His 16mm film and video works have screened around the world at such venues as the Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, The Mexicali Rose Media Arts Center, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Courtisane, European Media Arts Festival, CROSSROADS, and Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente.
Jesse McLean was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BA in Studio Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Moving Image from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is based in Milwaukee, WI, where she is as Assistant Professor of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres at Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee.
She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including Projections at New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Mumok Cinema in Vienna, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, and Impakt. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar and a MacDowell Fellow in 2016. In 2016 she was selected for a Mary L. Nohl Individual Artist Fellowship.