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Justin schmitz
Away from Here
Fiction, Docufiction | hdv | color | 6'47'' | USA | 2013
Away From Here is a look at young people growing up in the strip malls, skate parks, back seats, and empty parking lots of the American suburban landscape. This film explores the chasm between childhood and adulthood. In this film a young girl describes a dream in which she can fly. The description of her dream is the basis for exploring the world she and her peers inhabit. This film is a meditation on the reality of dreaming.
Born Peoria, Il 1981 Justin Schmitz is an artist living and working in Chicago, Il USA. He received a MFA from Yale University in 2013 and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2004. He was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship by the Yale University School of Art and the Tierney Fellowship for Excellence in Photography by the Tierney Family Foundation. Justin is also the recipient of The City of Chicago Community Artist Assistance Program Grant, The Union Civic and Art League Scholarship, and The Albert P. Wiesman Scholarship. He was a finalist for the Honickman First Book Prize at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and the Photography Book Now Prize. His work has been included in The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photography Project and the Indie Photo Book Library. Schmitz has exhibited throughout Chicago at Johalla Projects, Gardenfresh, Heaven Gallery, the Evanston Biennial, and Version Festival. His work as also been exhibited at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, The Aperture Foundation in New York, and Les Rencontres Internationales New Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival in Paris and Berlin.