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The Invisible World

THE INVISIBLE WORLD follows the painter Mark Weiss through nearly 40 years of mystical, often painful visions, and the 10,000 scrapes, strokes, and mistakes he needs to produce a single work. Mark’s art invites the viewer to enter what he calls “the invisible world,” an otherworldly dimension of angels, demons, and undiscovered images.

Directed by Emmy-nominated editor Jen Fineran, this short documentary asks age-old questions of art and representation: does the artist project what’s inside the mind or apprehend something larger – and external? Mark’s paintings confront the forces that shape us, the patterns that guide us, and the truths that may hurt or heal us in turn.

THE INVISIBLE WORLD features dream-like animations of this Hudson Valley painter’s unique automatic drawing techniques and a striking film score by the experimental Czech string duo Irena Havlova & Vojtech Havel and composer Ilan Isakov (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry).

  • Jen Fineran
  • Jen Fineran
    Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray, A Powerful Noise, I Married My Family's Killer,
  • Mark Weiss
    Key Cast
  • Ilan Isakov
  • Irena Havlova
  • Vojtěch Havel
  • Brian Newman
    Executive Producer
    Love & Taxes, Shored Up, Damnation
  • Jen Fineran
    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Rancher Farmer Fisherman, I Married My Family's Killer, A Powerful Noise, All of Me, Confederacy Theory, The 100 years Show, Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray, Germans & Jews, Every Three Seconds
  • Christopher Adornato
    Director Of Photography
  • Christopher Adornato
    Title Sequence
  • Paul Hackner
    Sound Design and Mixing
    The Garden, Selma, The Realms of the Unreal, Crips and Bloods: Made in America
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Berlin - International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
    November 28, 2016
    Germany Premiere
    Winner, Best Short Documentary
  • Tallgrass International Film Festival
    Wichita, KS
    United States
    October 16, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    November 11, 2016
  • Madrid - International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
    July 6, 2016
    European Premiere
    Nominee, Best Director Short Documentary
Director Biography - Jen Fineran

Jen is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning film editor. Her eclectic and socially conscious films can be seen in movie theaters, at film festivals and on TV. She is best known for AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, a Sundance Jury Prize winner, and I MARRIED MY FAMILY’S KILLER, a student Academy Award winner. She was also one of the editors on the sweeping upcoming feature RANCHER FARMER FISHERMAN (Susan Froemke, John Hoffman) which will have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her other key editorial credits include A POWERFUL NOISE, EVERY THREE SECONDS, EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY and THE 100 YEARS SHOW.
Jen did not grow up near movie studies, or surrounded by filmmakers. She grew up in PG County, MD, a vibrant community on the border of Washington, DC. Her early interests were sports, music, movies and the communities surrounding her, often scarred by inequality . In college, she worked as a “chimp mom” doing hands-on behavioral research with chimpanzees. After graduation, Jen back-packed across the country and around the world, trekking to mountain gorillas and playing pickup soccer from Kinshasa to Lijiang. Jen worked at Channel 4 in London before returning to Emory University to earn an MA in Film Studies.
While in graduate school she began her film career in earnest, assisting editing on Ruth Leitman’s brilliant feature documentary, ALMA. Jen cut her first feature, the hilarious road comedy WASTE, while living in Brisbane, Australia. She lives with her husband and two kids in Nyack, New York, where she edits award-winning feature documentaries out her mobile home office. Jen also coaches youth soccer and basketball and moderates film events at Rivertown Films. Jen is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. She lives with her family in Nyack, NY.

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Director Statement

Like the artist Mark Weiss, I see myself in all of the characters that emerge in the films that I make, the angels and the demons. As a documentary editor, I’m supposed to be neutral in the storytelling; an unbiased observer. Yet, I often analyze my own personal journey through the transformation of the main character. In EVERYBODY KNOW… ELIZABETH MURRAY it was looking at my own life, balancing a career in the art world with being a mom. In AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY it was reflecting on my own travels in China and connecting with Ai Weiwei’s optimism despite obstacles — can one voice really make a difference? Yes, of course. With THE INVISIBLE WORLD, I feel a deep connection with Mark’s meticulous process as a painter, including the 10,000 scrapes, strokes, and mistakes needed to produce a single work. Is it worth it? Yes, of course.