William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He has made two feature length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished
(1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998) and Fall into Ruin (2017). His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern (2005), Anthology Film Archives (2010), Austrian Film Museum, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). He was included in the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). His books include Is It Really So Strange? (2006), Tearoom
(2008), Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), Between Artists: Thom Andersen and William E. Jones (2013), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell
(2016). I’m Open to Anything is his first novel. During the first iteration of Virtual MacDowell in 2020, he was researching a new essay.
Portrait by Maria Jose Govea for Red Bull Arts Detroit