Jules Rosskam, visiting assistant professor of film and video production, holds a B.A. from Bennington College and a M.F.A. in Film, Video, New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rosskam is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and longtime queer/trans activist whose videos include, my heart belongs to daddy, an experimental documentary about the effect of alcoholism on children, transparent, which documents the lives of 19 transgender men who gave birth, against a trans narrative, an experimental documentary investigating dominant constructions of trans-masculine identity, gender, and the nature of community. Rosskam's paintings, photos, installations, and performances have shown in galleries and venues throughout the U.S.
In 2002, Rosskam joined the legendary non-profit media arts organization Dyke TV, which produced an award-winning cable access television show for the queer community with roots in the lesbian and gay activism of the late 80's and early 90's. In Chicago, in 2007, Rosskam co-founded Threat Level, a bi-monthly queer film/video screening series, which showed a full range of work - from emerging videomakers to world-renowned filmmakers.
Jules is the recipient of several fellowships and grants, including: Fire This Time Fund, Crossroads Foundation, The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Media and the Arts Fellowship, Frameline Completion Fund Grant, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Grant, and Illinois Department of Cultural Affairs.
Jules is currently completing a new feature documentary, When the Dust Settles, about the radical organizing of four transgender women, who are working for social and economic justice in the United States and beyond.
Recent and Upcoming Courses
HACU-0255: Video II: Say Everything-The Essay Film (Spring 2014)
HACU-0115: Bent Not Broken: A History of Queer Cinema (Spring 2014)
HACU-0271: Text and Image (Spring 2013)
HACU-0301: No Place: Utopian Visions in Film and Video (Spring 2013)