Jim Blashfield

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Jim Blashfield (born September 4, 1944, Seattle, Washington) is an American filmmaker and media artist, best known for his short films such as Suspicious Circumstances and The Mid-Torso of Inez, and his music videos for musicians Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Nu Shooz, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Marc Cohn. He has collaborated with Bill Frisell and the Oregon Symphony.

Blashfield is the recipient of a Cannes Golden Lion, a Grammy Award, and several MTV Music Award nominations and awards.

Recent films include Bunnyheads, SuctionMaster, Vanity and The Tasseled Loafers, an irreverent interpretation of Hector Berlioz' Dream of a Witch's Sabbath with music by the Czech Philharmonic. Recent multi-image installations include the 7 screen "Circulator" and the 5 screen "Conveyor" as well as Running Dog with Cactus, and The Resurrectory, a collaboration with the Liminal Performance Group.[1]


Selected Short films[edit]

  • The Mid-Torso of Inez, (1978) Produced in collaboration with Vern Luce
  • Suspicious Circumstances, (1985) Music by Steve Koski, Ken Butler and Stan Wood
  • My Dinner with the Devil Snake (1990)
  • The Tasseled Loafers, (2001) Music by Hector Berlioz and the Czech Philharmonic
  • St. Helens Road, (2002) Music by the Land Camera Micro Orchestra (2002)
  • The Lone Ranger, (2002) Music by Bill Frisell
  • Bunnyheads, (2007) Based on the sculpture of Christine Bourdette, co-produced with Lourri Hammack
  • SuctionMaster:Triumph of Science (2008)
  • Vanity (2010)

Moving Image Installations[edit]

  • Evolution of a City, (1997) Produced in collaboration with Carol Sherman
  • Running Dog w/ Cactus, (2002)
  • The Resurrectory, (2004) In collaboration with the Liminal Performance Group
  • Conveyor, (2010)
  • Circulator, (2011)
  • Flooded Data Machine, (Work in progress)

Theater / Performance[edit]

  • Bird of Paradise", (1989) Written and directed in collaboration with Victoria Parker

Music videos[edit]

Sesame Street[edit]

Blashfield produced several segments for Sesame Street during the 1980s.

  • The Word is No
  • Monster in the Mirror
  • Exploring in Your Closet
  • Isadora's Sneakers - a short about the seasons
  • I Like to Pretend - I Can Fly / I'm an Astronaut


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