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The Good Symptom Team

The Good Symptom project team is made up of three exceptional artists and writers who share a commitment to innovative media and interdisciplinary thinking.

Together, M Freeman, Rana San and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke are seeking out time-based work that slips through the cracks of genre and form, assembling it into twelve breathtaking, mind-opening installments, and providing critical and imaginative context for artists who work outside the bounds of literary and cinematic convention. 

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M Freeman works at the intersections of reckoning and resiliency, of film and writing, of contemplative, creative and social art practices. They are author of The Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory and Contemplative Practice of Media Art (The 3rd Thing, 2020), which won the 2020 Nautilus Book Award’s Gold Medal for Creativity & Innovation. Their text and media arts essays have been published in The Fourth Genre, Blackbird, Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, and Rolling Stone. M is the creator of Cinema Divina—evocative short films made through and for contemplative practice.Their films have been featured on PBS and in galleries, spirituality centers, theaters, and in festivals worldwide, most recently in LA’s Film and Video Poetry Symposium, in London’s MircoActs Artist Film Screenings, the Nature and Culture Film Festival in Copenhagen, Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque, Cadence Video Poetry Festival in Seattle, the Midwest Video Poetry Fest in Madison and at the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece. They’ve received The Evergreen State College Faculty Foundation Grant, The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, and multiple Artist Trust Grants including twice being awarded the Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.

Rana San is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence. Her film poetry and analog photography meld dreamwork, movement, and word play, examining the ways we relate, where we belong, and the new meanings made in spaces where artistic mediums meet. In community, Rana crafts collective experiences that celebrate the work of artists and activists working at the intersections of media, literature, and performing arts. As the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum, she co-curates year-round programming, including ByDesign Festival, Cadence Video Poetry Festival, and Local Sightings Film Festival. Rana is co-curator of the 2022-2023 Base Residency which supports the research of traditional and indigenous dance and movement practices. In 2021, she co-curated Yellow Fish Festival VI, a long form inquiry into durational performance art as a means to support methods of staying alive in our present times. Her film work has been featured most recently at North Bend Film Festival, Eugene Contemporary Art, Seattle International Film Festival, SPLIFF, Engauge Experimental Film Festival, Artists of Color Symposium, Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival, and Reel Love Fest.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017), Borough Body (Cold Cube Press, 2017), and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). Her interest in how words are experienced has led to solo work and collaborations with artists across media to create gallery installations, music performances, broadsides, karaoke, and video poetry. She is co-founder and co-director of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, the only video poetry festival in the Pacific Northwest. She also founded and was director of Till, a literary organization. She has worked as outreach coordinator for Conium Review and was previously managing fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review. She has received support from Jack Straw Cultural Center as a writing fellow, from Artist Trust as an EDGE participant, and from the Cornish College Arts Incubator. She has been a writer in residence at Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale Foundation. Werner-Jatzke has taught creative writing through Seattle Central Community College and served on the board of Lit Crawl Seattle. She received her MFA from Goddard College, where she was editor-in-chief of Pitkin Review and founded Lit.mustest, a now-defunct reading series. She moonlights as a communications professional.