JANE GILLOOLY is a non-fiction and narrative film/video maker whose work is inspired and informed by a century of non-fiction filmmaking, silent and vintage cinema, and activism. Gillooly consistently surprises as she crosses new boundaries and confronts new subjects with a distinctive vision. A recent work, Suitcase of Love and Shame, repurposes historical material for use in time-based media collage and is indicative of an evolving filmography. Selected to screen as part of the distinguished Art of The Real series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center 2014, the film has screened internationally winning Best International Film at Images Festival in Toronto. Gillooly uniquely balances a commitment to emotional authenticity with a sensorial, textural style driven by striking images, sounds, and a musical approach to editing. As in her previous works, Gillooly has a capacity for capturing the complexities of real characters on film and demonstrates an instinctive understanding of the nuances of human emotion.
Projects include: Audience of Love and Shame (2015) a companion piece to Suitcase of Love and Shame (2013), a non-fiction work sourced from 60 hours of audiotape recorded in the 1960s. Part historical documentary and part experimental narrative the film repurposes this rare audio example to critically examine mid-century United States. Awarded Best International on screen work at IMAGES Festival, Toronto. Today The Hawk Takes One Chick (2008) an observational film shot in a rural Swaziland which premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and selected to screen at the Margaret Meade and Full Frame Documentary Film Festivals and toured internationally winning a Jury Prize at Kinoteatr.doc Festival in MOSCOW. The Not Dead Yet Club (2006) a Rockefeller-nominated experimental feature film script. Dragonflies, The Baby Cries (2000) which premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and official selection of; San Francisco International Film Festival, Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City, with broadcasts on PBS and SUNDANCE Channels. Leona’s Sister Gerri (1995) was featured at the Museum of Modern Art New Directors, New Films, Robert Flaherty Seminar, PBS, and the SUNDANCE Channel and included in the Best of P.O.V. released 2007. She was also co-producer of Theme: Murder (1998), selected to screen at Full Frame Documentary Festival, and INPUT. Gillooly, a Guggenheim Fellow and Alpert Award nominee, is a member of the graduate faculty and chair of the Media Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston.