Jimi Pantalon is a native New York artist creating experimental films and video installations for two decades. By regenerating cultural artifacts and historical events alongside his own dream-inspired scenes, Jimi inhabits a world of visual poetry by mixing stop-motion collage with documentary filmmaking.
As founder and director of WashMachine Productions, Jimi creates short films and music videos, produces immersive art events, and provides expert digital video projection services and consultation.
In 2021 WashMachine was awarded a grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts(NYFA)to stage a large scale outdoor multi-media event with a 70ft wide video projection installation across from McCarren Park in Brooklyn. Hosted by The Weekend Ladies and featuring music by Phil Moffa, Cru Drums, and Leo Coltrane.
WashMachine Productions first feature-length experimental documentary Out In The Wash mixes video journals taken on several cross-country road trips with a group of diverse street performers, each involving the American flag in their artworks. A meditative film reflecting upon conflicts between the personal and the political in post 9/11 America. Out In The Wash was screened at the 2011 Creator’s Project, 2012 Mixed Media Festival and at the International Center of Photography's OCCUPY Exhibit on Governor's Island.
WashMachine was recently commissioned by Canadian artists Jason Zumpano and Jason Mclean to animate a short film entitled What You Are Out Here For, premiering in 2021 in London, Ontario and this year screening at Animfest in Athens, Greece and Traverse Arts Fest in Toulouse, France.
The latest music video from WashMachine, released in November 2021, is for hip-hop artist and master lyricist Leo Coltrane, watch the video for ROBODY
Jimi Pantalon recently completed his first historical fiction film script entitled Echoes Of Bermuda. A six year writing process and the culmination of several artist residencies in Bermuda, New York and California. The film reveals the unknown history of Bermudian social strife and civil unrest. Written through the lens of the island's vibrant music scene in the early 1970’s and the tragic story of Bermudian Erskine Buck Burrows, the final prisoner to be executed by the United Kingdom.
In February of 2016 the immersive video installation Galactic Whispers opened at Long Island University in Brooklyn's Humanities Gallery. Inspired by the NASA 1977 launching of the Voyager1 space craft, the month long exhibition explored the transmutation of myth and information in our hyper-mediated world.
Bodies Take To Light, an ongoing collaboration with artist Daniel O'Neill began in 2013. Hand drawn domestic scenes are animated and inhabited by actors in this video mapping installation exploring the boundaries between people and their household technological devices. Exhibited at Brian Morris Gallery NYC 2014, Rhode Island International Art fest 2015, Animated Architecture NYC 2016, and as a month-long exhibition at The Holbrooke Arts Center 2015.
As director of animation Jimi produced the stop-motion sequences for the 2013 independent film; CLUTTER directed by Diane Crespo and starring Carol Kane.
In 2005 Jimi Pantalon was recipient of the Chris Cunningham Award for Excellence in Editing. His short film; BRAIN TRAIN won Best Short Film at Arlene's NYC Picture Show and was screened as part of the 2005 New Filmmakers Program at Anthology Film Archives.