With the recognition that cinema exists at the nexus of art, technology, economics, and the political, The Jounce Assemblage: A BIPOC, Queer, Crip Film Collective is an emerging film collective that seeks to create space and support for artists whose identities, conceptual work, and ways of engaging the field of cinema defy the white, male, able-bodied, cis-het norms widely accepted by institutions, the film industry, the world of the fine arts, and the broader reaches of digital space. For over 100 years, the filmic arts and their accepted histories have excluded the contributions of women, BIPOC, queer, and Crip artists. Since much of the physical materials made by non-dominant cinema artists in the mainstream and experimental realms have been destroyed by time or malice, have been lost to history, or disregarded in the present, The Jounce Assemblage aims to uncover, uplift, and continue the work of these artists as a form of civic engagement and a vehicle for creative mobilization. 

 

In lieu of the nation-building inherent in the creation and deployment of cinema on the international stage, The Jounce Assemblage enacts a world-making project by creating an international network that builds transnational relationships with care for both work and person at the center; fosters collaborative learning and co-creation; and provides an expansive lens through which new work can be made and creatively distributed. The Jounce Assemblage engages the fields of digital poetics, experimental dance, Black futures, Queer futures, Crip futures, geo-poetics, climate justice, posthumanism, expanded cinema, radical documentary, as well as other iconoclastic forms of experimental film.

Our intentions are as follows:

 

  • To create an intentional community of experimental filmmakers who identify as BIPOC, queer, and/or Crip.

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    To carve out a space in the experimental film world that does not represent us. 

  • To create a space for experimental filmmakers to show their work, get feedback, share opportunities, and collaborate. 

  • To take a cue from pandemic life to find ways to connect while internationally dispersed. 

  • To uncover and engage histories and works about/by BIPOC, queer, crip artists.

  • Together we will create a manifesto that articulates the intentions of our collective that honors our differences and unique perspectives.