JANE GILLOOLY is a non-fiction and narrative film/video maker. Her work is inspired and informed by a century of non-fiction filmmaking, silent and vintage cinema, and activism creatively expanding notions of documentary used for social dialogue. Gillooly consistently surprises as she crosses new boundaries and confronts new subjects with her distinctive vision. Her Guggenheim award winning work "Suitcase of Love and Shame," 2013, repurposes historical material for use in time-based media collage, distinguished among an evolving filmography. Gillooly uniquely balances a commitment to emotional authenticity with a sensorial, textural style driven by striking images, sounds, and a musical approach to editing. Gillooly has an enormous capacity for capturing the complexities of real characters on film. As in her previous works, "Today the Hawk Takes One Chick," 2008 and "Leona's Sister Gerri," 1995, Gillooly demonstrates a compassion for and instinctive understanding of the nuances of human emotion.
Her newly completed "Suitcase of Love and Shame" is an experimental non-fiction image/sound collage drawing on 60 hours of a 1960s audio diary discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Premiering in 2013 at ICA in Boston the film has been officially selected to screen at multiple international festivals beginning this spring, including Visions du Réel, Full Frame Documentary Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Images Festival in Toronto.
A non-fiction feature, shot in Swaziland, "Today The Hawk Takes One Chick" (2008) premiered at the ICA in Boston and is currently touring internationally. Earlier work includes "Leona's Sister Gerri" (1995); produced for PBS and included in the 2007 release of the Best of P.O.V., "The Not Dead Yet Club" (2004) and "Splendor" (2006), "Dragonflies, The Baby Cries" (2000) and the co-production "Theme: Murder" (1998).
She has had one-person screening/exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art and the National Gallery, D.C., and broadcasts on PBS and the SUNDANCE Channel.
Along with her partner Ken Winokur she is the co-founder of BOX 5, a production company dedicated to the collection of silent cinema acquired for the purpose of restoration and distribution. Restorations include "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925-29) and "The Eagle" (1925). The current project under development is the "Son of the Sheik" (1926).
Gillooly has a background in photography, design and interdisciplinary media. She is a current recipient of the 20122013 Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous LEF Foundations Moving Image Fund Awards for Production and a recent Massachusetts Cultural Council and MacDowell Fellow.