Jessica Manafort, 2018, single-channel video, color, sound, 18:00 minutes. 3 minute excerpt.

Jessica Manafort is an essay video that explores the relationship between Jessica Manafort, a filmmaker, and her father, Paul Manafort, political operative and Donald Trump’s campaign manager from June – August 2016. In 2007, Jessica Manafort wrote and directed her first feature-length film, a teen drama called “Remember the Daze.” According to reports, Paul Manafort invested millions in its production. Combining footage from the original film with Youtube clips, archival video, hacked text messages and video games, I reimagine “Remember the Daze” as a film about money laundering. In Jessica Manafort,  Hollywood narrative, production values and beautiful actresses cover up the underlying economic realities that govern creative expression. The teen coming-of-age story is rewritten to reveal the financial transaction at its heart: the transfer of money from father to daughter. 


Jessica Manafort is the subject of a review by Catherine Wagley for LA Magazine, and recieved a write up in CARLA. Also, check out my friend Maya Gurantz’s beautiful essay about Paul Manafort and Andrea Manafort’s hacked text messages for the LA Review of Books. 

Change of name court documents for Jessica Manafort / Bond.