Discipline: Film/Video – experimental

Justin Jinsoo Kim

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental
Region: Valencia, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Justin Jinsoo Kim is an experimental filmmaker from South Korea exploring animation technique and form to examine personal and collective memories, cultural myths, superstitions, and repetitions. He received M.F.A. in experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts.

His film Personality Test was screened at the Currents program at the 59th New York Film Festival, Experimental Film&Video Festival in Seoul (EXiS), and Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles. His recent film The Exhausted was premiered at Jeonju International Film Festival in 2022.

While at MacDowell, Kim worked on his new film, As a Serpent Sloughs Its Worn-Out Skin, which explores beliefs, collective memories, and the repetition and circulation of images. The film traces the numerous headless stone statues of Buddha, known to be built hundreds of years ago, scattered around Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju, South Korea.



Justin Jinsoo Kim worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built to provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for studio use in the mid-1950s with the…

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