Artist Projects

Loss Prevention


Jeanne Finley , John Muse

Loss Prevention combines documentary and fictional elements to tell the story of Irene, who was arrested at the age of 79 for stealing a bottle of aspirin from a Miami Wal-Mart and sentenced to ten weeks of Senior Citizen Shoplifting Prevention School. Narrated through the voice of her daughter, this film explores the alienation of aging and the evolving relationship between a daughter and an elderly mother. The visual material combines the lush Florida landscape with intimate super-8 footage to create a subtle meditation on the conflicts of parent and child, boredom and pleasure, accident and intention, authority and subterfuge.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Loss Prevention screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2000: Loss Prevention is screened at Walter Reade Theater in New York

  • 2001: Loss Prevention is screened at the Dallas Film Festival

  • 2001: Loss Prevention is screened at the Athens Film Festival in Athens OH

  • 2003: Loss Prevention is screened at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco

  • Artists

    Jeanne Finley

    Jeanne C. Finley is a media artist who works in experimental and documentary forms including film, video, photography, installation, internet and sit…

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    John Muse

    John Muse is currently an Assistant Professor of Independent College Programs at Haverford College. In 2012-13 he was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Visu…

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