Vanessa Renwick CV

Founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass

Born 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. Film / Video / Installation artist. Lives in Portland, Oregon


Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin Germany (Presented by The EAST/WEST Project)
39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Portland International Film Festival, NWFC, Portland, OR
Odds and Ends, NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX
Cascadian Facts and Fictions, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY
NW Passage. The Dill Pickle Club, Portland, OR
Hello Neighbor, City Hall, Portland, OR; Courtisane Festival 2010, Kunstencentrum, Ghent, Belgium
Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
48th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Resplendency, East West Project, Berlin, Germany
Secret Life of Animals, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

MIX New York Queer Experimental Festival, N.Y.
Visible Histories, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Anything That Moves, Buswater on the Blvd., Charleston. West Virginia
What The Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
Portland Zine Symposium Movie Night,Hawthorne Hostel
Movies in the Pearl, Portland, OR
Paper Magazine/ PICA NY, Ace Hotel, NYC, NY
Off The Map, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
PDX Film Fest, Clinton St. Theater, Portland, OR
The Possibility of Nature, Hope in Pure Sound, and Faith in Magnetism, Vivo Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC
Signal + Noise Festival, Vancouver, BC
A Lens With A Conscience, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Moscow, ID
Washington State University, Pullman,WA
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR
Pickford Theater. Bellingham, WA
Panoramica. Vidas iluminadas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Flex Fest, Gainesville, FL
Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA
Agitprop Gallery, San Diego, CA
Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
The Hideout, Austin, TX
UCP’s La Esquina, Kansas City, MO
London Gay and Lesbian Film, Festival, London, England
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
minicine, Shreveport, LA
Post-Post Apocalypse, The Loft, San Pedro, CA
First Person Cinema,U of C, Boulder, CO
The Waypost, Portland, OR
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
DIVA, Eugene, OR
Echo Park Film Center, LA, CA
Soul Inviticus, Phoenix, AZ
Basement Films, Albuquerque, NW
Domy Books, Houston, TX
Zeitgeist Films, New Orleans, LA
Chicago, Filmmakers, Chicago, IL
Scagway Arts Council, Scagway,AK
Yellowstone Arts Center, Billings, MT

Arts of Alaska, Out North, Anchorage, AK
Grand Illusion/Little Theater, Seattle, WA
Indie Memphis Microcinema Club, Memphis, TN
Diva, Eugene,OR
Portland Community College, Portland,OR
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC
Iowa City Experimental Film Festival, Iowa City, IO
25th Annual Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
The Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
Darling Hall, Milwaukee, WI
The Project Lodge, Madison, WI
Select Media Festival, Chicago, IL
NW Film Center, Portland, OR
Man Versus Nature, Ed Media Arts Centre, Guelph,Ontario, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Magic Lantern, Providence, RI
Microcinefest 2008, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles Film Forum, L.A., CA
SF Cinematheque, SF, CA
Soutwest Film Center, Albuquerque, NM
Expanded Frames, Cinema Project, Portland, OR
ABC No Rio , Manhatten, NY
Citizen Jane Film Festival, Columbia, MO
Dear Joanie, I made a Movie: a survey of the Joanie4Jackie Chainletter Tapes from 1995-2007, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Joanie For Jackie: the Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising, Gene Siskal Film Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Needles and Pens, San Francisco, CA
Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Bunnell Strett Gallery, Homer, AK
Cornell Cinema. Ithaca, NY
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
University of Tennessee, Knoxille, TN
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
BGSU Gish Theater, Bowling Green, OH
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Astoria International Film Festival, Astoria, OR
Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI
Best of the NW Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
The Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR
Short Attention Span, IFC Center, NY, NY
Pedalpalooza, Dead Baby Bikes, Portland, OR
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Rochester, WA
54th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
CHANNELING: an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits,Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ghosting The Image, Courtisane Festival 2008, Ghent, Belgium
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
The Way That We Rhyme, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Lokomotiva, Skopje, Macedonia
The Hunker Down To Rise Above Cinema Show, Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR
Alphabet Soup : Labeling, Identity, Stigma, Pride, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
46th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Picture Industries, Utrecht, the Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Mix at Collective:Unconscious, NY, NY
University of Chicago Film Studies Center, Chicago, IL
Odds & Ends, Vol. 2, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
Focus The Nation, PNCA, Portland, OR
Olsen, Leeds,England
Caldera Salon, Sisters, OR
Art Beat, Salem, OR

OUT/EX, Salt Lake City, UT
DetroitDocs International Film Festival, Detroit, MI
34th NW Film & Video Festival, Portland, OR
Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Ice Film Fest, Iowa City, IA
Art Basel, Miami, FL; Ice Film Fest, Iowa City, IA;
Expresion en Corto, Mexico City, Mexico;
Nova Cinema, Brussels, Belgium; Chroma Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico;
Milepost 5, Portland, OR;
Bicycle Film Festival, Portand, OR;
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Helsing Junction Farm, Rochester, WA;
What the Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA;
SNAP TRAP – SX 70 Polaroids by Vanessa Renwick, Half & Half, Portland, OR;
San Francisco, Cinematheque, SF Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA;
Green Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea; PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR;
Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee Contemporary Arts Center, Dundee, Scotland; Humbolt Film Festival, Arcata, CA;
IMAGES Festival with Trojan, Toronto
Mixed Company, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Shared Women, L.A.C.E., L.A. CA
Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival
An Even Dozen, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY & Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY
Mix Show, Art In General, NYC, NY
TRUE/FALSE Film Festival, Columbia, Mo
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
36th International Film festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA

The Big Top, New Orleans, LA
Mix Festival, NYC, NY
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
Budafest, Kortrijk, Belgium
Viennale, Vienna, Austria
Other Cinema, Telling Topographies, S.F., CA
Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Outsider Art & Music Film Series, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Zeitgeist, New Orleans, LA
The Pit, Jacksonvlle, FL
The Creative Music and Film Society, Columbia, SC
The Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
Flying Brick House, Richmond, VA
Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
Pleasuredome/Cinecycle, Toronto, ONTARIO
The Sanctuary. Troy, NY
Jefferson Presents, Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit Film Coalition, Detroit, MI
South Union Arts, Chicago, IL
Darling Hall, Milwaukee, WI
The Belfry Center, Minneapolis, MN
Trasa Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Half Moon Bay,CA
The Empty Vessel, Brooklyn, NY
Psychedelic Logging, Reed College, Portland, OR
Mission Creek Music Festival, A.T.A., San Francisco, CA
What-The-Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
TBA/PICA, Audioworks, Portland,OR
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland,OR
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C.
Pesaro Film Festival, Rome, Italy
L.A. Film Forum
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Cal Arts, Valencia, CA
The Red Vic Theater, S.F., CA
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
The Smell, L.A., CA
Echo Park Cinema, L.A.,CA
New York Underground Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Festival, Missoula, MT
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Media City, Windsor, Ontario
40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
Railroad Blues, Alpine, TX
The Red Light, Bisbbe, AZ
Guild Cinema, Albq., NM
7 Dudley Cinema, L.A., CA

Worm, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Viennale, Vienna, Austria
PEK Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Premieres, Museum of Modern Art, NY
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Other Cinema, S.F., CA
Needles and Pens, S.F., CA
Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
Montana Artists Refuge, Basin, MT
Asagaya Art School, Tokyo,Japan
Bibliograph Zine Library, Montral, QC
Museum of Unfine Art, Eugene, OR
Pants Off/Party On, Casa del Popolo, Montreal, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival, Ashland, OR
Images Festival, Toronto, ONT.
SanFrancisco Exploratorium, SF. CA
San Francisco Cinematheque, SF, CA
Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

Cinematexas, Austin, TX
NWFC, Portland, OR
Capital Theater, Olympia, WA
Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Recombinant Labs Compound, SF, CA
NY Underground Film Festival
TRUE/FALSE Doc Fest, Columbia, MO
DeComposer, Guild Theatre, Portland, OR
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

30th NW Film & Video Festival
24/7: Vilnius-New York, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
M7M Proyectos/Fortaleza 302 cine series, San Juan, PR
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Chicago Underground Film Festival
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Apotik komik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Shipwreck Days, Anacortes, WA
Venice International Short Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Cinematheque, Brighton,England
Other Cinema, SF, CA
Evergreen State College, Olympia,WA
Bikefest, L.A.,CA
Aurora Picture Show, Austin,TX

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Taos Talking Pictures Film Fest, Taos, N.M.
Black Maria Film Festival
Other Cinema, San Francisco,CA
New York Underground Film Fest,NY
Mini-cine?, Shreveport, LA
Baton Rouge Arts Center, Baton Rouge, LA
The a.r.k., New Orleans, LA
The Underground, Walla Walla, WA
Sotanos, Boise, ID
Trasa Urban Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Broken Glass Gallery, Denver, CO
Taos Talking Pictures Pest, Taos, NM
Max’s Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Basement Films, Albq., NM
Marfa Theatre, Marfa, TX
Notsuoh, Houston, TX
Forbidden Gallery, Dallas, TX
Alternate Current Gallery, Austin, TX
Modified, Phoenix, AZ
Congress Hotel, Tucson, AZ
Earwig Factory, Bisbee, AZ
Airpower, L.A., CA
Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA
The Luggage Store Gallery, S.F., CA
The Capitol Theatre, Olympia, WA
The Little Theatre, Seattle, WA
The Blinding Light!!, Vancouver, B.C., CANADA
Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO
Museum of Modern Art, Iowa City, IA
Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hi-hat, Milwaukee, WI
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
The Fat Back, Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh Filmmakers & Jefferson Presents, Pittsburgh, PA
Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
MIT, Boston, MA
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, N.Y., NY
David Gatten presents, Ithaca, NY
LaCasa, Washington, DC
The G Spot, Baltimore, MD
Virginia Filmfest/ plan 9, Charlottesville, VA
Center for Documentary Studies, Raleigh, NC
PS211, Winston-Salem, NC
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Electric Eye Cinema, Madison, WI
Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
Cinecycle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bright Rectangle, East Hampton, MA
Oni Gallery, Boston, MA
The Bakery, Providence, RI
Other’s Studio, Montreal, QC, Canada
Bread & Puppet Theatre, Glover, VT
No Exit, Chicago, IL
Not My House, Eugene, OR
The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
University of Oregon, Eugene
The Smithsonian, Wash. D.C.
Reed Arts Week, Reed College, Portland,OR
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,NM
Portland State University,OR

McMurdo Station, Antartica
Melbourne Underground Film Festival,Australia
Baton Rouge Gallery, La.
The A.R.K., New Orleans, La.
Minicine, Shreveport,La.
Vancouver Underground FilmFest. Vancouver, B.C.
Smartcinema, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cinematheque, Brighton,ENGLAND
5th Annual Portland Queer fest,Portland,OR
OtherCinema Outsider Art, San Francisco,CA
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia,WA
Peripheral Produce Invitationals, Portland,OR
Independent Exposure, Minneapolis, MN
Fringefest, Minneapolis,MN
HipMama, Portland, OR
BikeFest, Vancouver,B.C.
Sound Unseen Undercinema, Minneapolis,MN
Independent Exposure,Monterrey,Mexico
New York Underground Film Festival, N.Y.,N.Y.
Robert Beck Memorial Theatre, N.Y.,N.Y.
Peripheral Produce, Portland,OR
Other Cinema A.T.A., San Francisco,CA
The Blinding Light, Vanvouver,B.C.
Reed Arts Week/Exposure, Portland,OR
KinoKino, Lucerne,Switzerland
Black Chair Productions, Seattle,WA

Catacomb-microCinema, Winnipeg,CANADA
Other Cinema, A.T.A., San Franciso CA
27th Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
Underground Cinema of Vanessa Renwick, Cinema 21, Portland, OR
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
The Kitchen, N.Y.,N.Y.
Ladyfest, Olympia, Washington
Sarah Lawrence College Experimental Festival, Bronxville NY
5th Season Premiere-Independent Exposure, Seattle WA
5th Annual Bicycle Film & Video Festival, Berkeley, CA
Roe vs. Wade, Q Hut Gallery, Portland, OR
The Truck Show, Q Hut Gallery, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR

Orlo Bike In, Portland, OR
Hallowierd, Independent Exposure, Seattle, WA
Halloween Indies, Blackchair Productions, Prague
Bellevue Art Museum Film & Video Festival, Bellevue, WA
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
Peripheral Produce, Portland, OR
Film Fatale, The Palms, Los Angeles, CA
Art Beat, PCC, Portland, OR
The Blinding Light, Vancouver B.C.
Other Cinema, A.T.A., San Francisco, CA
Peripheral Produce Experimental Movie Night, Vancouver B.C.
NW Visions-Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
Midnight Sun, Olympia, WA

OR Department of Kick Ass, 5th Avenue Cinemas, Portland, OR
oVoid Video Screening, The Drawing Studio, Portland, OR
25th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Lady X’s Freak Du Jour Sideshow Cabaret, Satyricon, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce Clinton Street Experimental Movie Night, Portland/Eugene OR, Olympia, WA
Film Fatale, LaLuna, Portland, OR and The Palms, Santa Monica CA
The 2nd Annual F Word Festival, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
Tidbit Gallery, Portland, OR
Map Show, The Maul, Portland, OR
Portland Cable Access 1993-1998, Portland, OR

Newer Collective 1997-1998, Oak Street Art Center, Berbatis Pan, Portland, OR
Show-Off Gallery, Bellingham ,WA
History Show, The Maul, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Paris Theater Show, Portland, OR
24th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Experimental Movie Night, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
Portland’s Queer Film Festival, Cinema 21, Portland, OR

Froelick Adelhart/ACLU Uncensored Celebration, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR

Plazm Media/ACLU Uncensored Celebration, Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR

Mind Over Matter, Basement Films, Albuquerque New Mexico
Montreal Film Festival, Image et Nation, Montreal Canada
II Festival of Expression of the Sexualities, Muse de Imagem e do Som, Sao Paolo Brazil
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Pacific Film Archives, Cinematheque, San Franciso, CA

The 7th New York Mix Festival, The Kitchen, New York City, NY
Punkalingus, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Olympia Film Festival, Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA

The Ninth Festival of Illinois Film & Video Artists, Biograph Theater, Chgo.IL

The House of Sound, New American Art Union, Portland, OR

PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR
Shared Women, L.A.C.E., L.A. ,CA

Mix Festival, NYC, NY
Melancholy for Five Rooms, Buda Arts Center, Kortrijk, Belgium
Museum Boijmans von Beuningen Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Hunting, Ritual and Narrative, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
Lovejoy Lost, PDX Window Project, Portland, OR
Rising Up, Tollbooth Project, Tacoma, WA
The Absent Album, Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA
Case Studies, Reed College, Portland, OR
In The Streets, Luggage Store, SF
Tollbooth Project, Tacoma, WA
Drawing Resistance, Liberty Hall, Portland, OR

Coresample, Portland, OR

Beamsplitters, PDX Festival Portland, OR

Northwest Narrative, PICA, Portland OR

Lovejoy, Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR
Taking Space, Making Place, American Institute of Architecture, Portland, OR
Open Walls, PICA, Portland, OR
Disintegration:Contemporary Landscape, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Rerun, Manual Izquierdo Gallery, Portland, OR

Yawn, Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR

Eye Candy Show, Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, OR
Multi-Mini, 333 Studios, Portland, OR
electriCity, Tidbit Gallery, Portland, OR

Oregon Media Arts Fellowship
Anonymous Was A Woman nominee

Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee
Zoobomb Pyle Commission – with Brian Borello
NAAU Couture stipend recipient
Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant, Portland, OR
Career Opportunity Grant Award, Oregon Arts Commission

Poncho Special Recognition Award, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Bike Commute Challenge Winner, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland, OR
The Jim Demulling Speak Out Award for Best Social Awareness Documentary -
Humboldt Film Festival
The Gearhead Portland Filmmaker Award

The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant-The Free History Project
Wolf Recovery Foundation Field Research & Education Grant

Judges Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival
Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film, Ann Arbor Film Fest
Carol Davis Scholarship, Montana Artists Refuge
Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee

Mayor’s Creative Initiative Grant, Portland OR

NW Festival Award from James Benning
Lilla Jewel Award
Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee

Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee
Best Documentary Video, Microcinefest, Baltimore, MD
2nd Place Black Maria Film Fest 2002

1st Place Peripheral Produce Invitational World Championship, PDX,OR

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR

1st Place F Word Film Festival, Portland, OR
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR

Weisman Grant, Chicago Illinois

Gallagher, Erica. “Lucky Bumming.” Venus Magazine, No. 14 (Winter 2002).
Gragg, Randy. “Of art, history, and columns.” The Oregonian (Portland), 28 July 2000.
-. “Renwick’s Experimentation.” The Oregonian (Portland), 4 December 1998.
Hackett, Regina. “Mind Expanding Art.” Seattle Post Intelligencer (Washington), 2 July
Hall, Emily. “Funny Obsessive Passion.” The Stranger (Seattle, Washington), 25 July
Hart, Adam. “Band of Outsiders: Bill Daniel and Vanessa Renwick.” RES Magazine,
January 2005.
Hatch, Eric. “Bum’s Rush.” Baltimore City Paper (Maryland), 2 October 2002.
Hornaday, Ann. “The Lucky Bum Film Tour.” Washington Post (Washington D.C.), 29
September 2002.
Raymond, Camela. “Two for the Road.” The Organ, November/December 2003.
Spoons, Bwana. “Super Duper Film Creators.” Pencil Fight Magazine, No. 2 (2004).
Willis, Holly. “Follow Me To Certain Death: An Evening with Vanessa Renwick.” L.A.
Weekly, 17 March 2006.

Miranda July,,Literary Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Split Screen/Independent Film Channel, Euro MTV,American Civil Liberties Union, Flying Focus Video Collective,American Torture Theater Company

Nomads and nozones OCD Other Cinema DVD
Best of Peripheral Produce
Nature’s Assistant
The Laughing Garbage Disposal
Peripheral Produce Video Tape #5
Best of the Fest 26th Northwest Film & Video Festival
Joanie4Jackie 2001 Chainletter
Big Miss Moviola Cherry Cherry Chainletter
Peripheral Produce Video Mix Tape #1
Furos E Arolas

Instructor, Northwest Film & Video Center 1995-99