James Sweetbaum is a Swiss filmmaker/artist with a background in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies living and working in Tangier. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Film and Video Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art. He recently completed a 2006 Fulbright Award for film-making in Morocco and has been selected for the LUX Associate Artist Program for 2007-2008 at the LUX film centre in London. His video and film work concerns issues of masculinity and male subjectivity and has been shown internationally in both a museum and gallery screening context. His feature length credits include writer and assistant director on the award winning SNRT (Morocco) production of 'Why O'Sea' (Director: Hakim Belabbes, 2006 Bronze Muhr Award, Dubai International Film Festival). He has taught youth at Street Level Youth Media, Chicago and been a technical and final-cut pro instructor on the Marrakech Tribeca Film Maker Exchange Program at the Marrakech and Tribeca Film Festivals (2005 and 2006 respectively).

Fluent Languages: English, French, German, Spoken Japanese
Proficient Languages: Moroccan Arabic, Italian, Written Japanese

. Education .

2006 MFA Film, Video and New Media Department
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2004 BFA The Slade School of Fine Art,
University College London, UK
1996 BA (Hons) Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies, Japanese concentration
University of Pennsylvania, USA
1996 BS Econ. The Wharton School, Management concentration,
University of Pennsylvania, USA
1992 Harrow School, UK

. Awards .

2007- 2008 LUX Associate Artist Program, London, UK
2006- 2007 Fulbright Student Award, Casablanca, Morocco
Work dealt with issues of masculinity in Morocco resulting in a short film.
Wrote, and Directed short film, working title: “Three Brothers”
Format: PAL HD, Moroccan Arabic with subtitles,

. Further Study .

2000 Foundation Course, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK
1999 Lucchetti Drawing Studio, Florence, Italy
1998 The Art Students League, New York City, USA
1995 Hitotsubashi University Exchange, Yamashita Marketing Seminar, Tokyo, Japan

. Publications .

2006 My Kind of Cruising By Liz Rosenfeld,
In anthology “Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity.”
Seal Press. Essay includes a discussion of James Sweetbaum’s short video One Turkish Please (2001)

. Selected Exhibitions/ Screenings .

The Surrogate, 16 mm Film, 8 min, 2004
Artskool Videocube Busan
‘Videocube’ – Space Bandee Gallery
Pusan, South Korea

Monde Sarir, Digital Video, 21 min, 2006
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Show
The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA

The Surrogate
Milwaukee Art Museum Film Series
MAM, Milwaukee, USA
A Daisy Chain of Artist Video Program, Curated by Carl Bogner and
visiting artists

The Surrogate
La Galeria Noua
Bucharest, Romania
Daily Care Center, Curated by Irina Botea

Untitled, Super 8 film co- directed with Liz Rosenfeld
Invited Artist, Global Super 8 Day, Currated by Michelle Mahoney
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL, USA

The Surrogate
Biennale Internazionale di Ferrara
Castello Estense, Ferrara, Italy

The Surrogate
PLAY III - International Video Art Festival
Museo de Arte "Ángel M. De Rosa" - Junìn
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Surrogate
Slade School of fine art Degree Show 2004

Collections, digital video, video installation, 2004
Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show 2004

One Turkish Please, Digital Video, 2001
The Multiplex, Digital Video, 2003
Untitled, Digital Video, 2001
Mediawave Video and Film Festival
Gyor, Hungary

Eleven, Group show
Century Gallery
London, UK

Immediately After The Eleventh, Digital Video, 2001
Shortwave Film Festival
Shoreditch, London, UK

One Turkish Please
Public Life- Solo Screening
Spitafelids Market- Converted Public Toilet and other alternative art venues, London, UK

. Film Experience .

Second Assistant Director Credit
Script Writing Credit
Work on film crew for Feature ‘Why O’ Sea’
Director: Hakim Belabbes
Language: Moroccan Arabic
SNRT Productions, Winner of Bronze ‘Muhr’
Third Dubai International Film Festival, 2006

First Assistant Director Credit
Work on film crew for Short Documentary ‘Leila’s Prayer’
Director: Hakim Belabbes
Language: Moroccan Arabic
SNRT Productions

Art Department Assistant Credit
Work on film crew for Short ‘Bookcruncher’
Director: Dan Wilde
Illiad Productions.

. Teaching Experience .

Marrakech-Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange, Part II, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA
Member of Moroccan Team of Filmmaker Instructors and Organizers

Marrakech-Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange, Part I, Marrakech Film Festival, Marrakech, Morocco
Final-Cut Pro Instructor
Member of Moroccan Team of Filmmaker Instructors and Organizers
Workshop instructors included:
Abbas Kiarostami, Martin Scorsese,
Hakim Belabbes, Ali Essafi, Khalil Benkirane

Street Level Youth Media, Chicago, IL
Co- Organizer and Instructor of video and performance course for youth
Ages: 13- 19

. Independent Curating Work .

Morocco-UK Video Exchange Screening, Cinémathèque de Tangier, Tangier, Morocco
Co-Curated with Suzi Webster

Speakers Corner, live performance, installation and video work, Chicago, IL.
Co- currated with Liz Rosenfeld for The Pilot Conference

. Associations and Memberships .

Réseau Artskool
Verband Filmregie und Drehbuch Schweiz (Swiss Filmmakers Association for Scriptwriters and Directors)
Fulbright Arts Task Force: Support Leader for Film / Video / Moving Image

. Other Related Work Experience .

The Company Store, Hanover Direct, NJ, USA
Marketing Analyst

Sotheby's, New York, USA
Purchaser Accounts Representative