Director / Producer
Jeff's filmmaking career has taken many wide and varied twists and turns over the past two decades. He has acted as producer, director, cinematographer and/or editor on music videos for Mudhoney, Red Red Meat, Wheat, Polara and 5ive Style, among others (many in collaboration with Tim Rutili). His video for Veruca Salt's "Seether" was an MTV "Buzz Clip," receiving the network's highest degree of airplay. He contributed to the Smashing Pumpkins' Viewphoria home video, he has produced videos for stage productions by Mekons and Pulsars, and his work with Mudhoney is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jeff produced, directed, and edited his first feature-length documentary, Head in the Clouds, a record of the first American tour by New Zealand musicians Alastair Galbraith and Peter Jefferies. Recently he acted as director of photography and producer of Plaster Caster (a documentary about the life & times of groupie/ artist Cynthia Plaster Caster), and was producer and director (along with Darren Hacker) of ...An Incredible Simulation, a documentary feature about the world of tribute bands. In partnership with experimental filmmaker Carolyn Faber, his improvised film performances have included collaborations with Tortoise, Kevin Drumm, Ken Vandermark, Frontier, Sinister Luck Ensemble and Califone.
In addition to his filmmaking credits, Economy is one of the organizers of the Chicago Underground Film Festival; he has produced multimedia/enhanced CDs for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Califone and Sinister Luck Ensemble; and his work as writer and photographer appears in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, and Newcity Chicago.
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