For the first time this year the Watch Docs Discreet Charm of Propaganda section features a monograph, devoted to genre-defying experimental New York filmmaker Jim Finn (b. 1968). Finn has received the most extensive acclaim for his trilogy of “utopian comedies,” which are now part of the MoMA permanent collection. The debut “Interkosmos” (2006) is a pseudo-documentary underground film about a socialist program to colonize the moons of Jupiter and Saturn with elements of a constructivist musical. In “La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo” (2007), Finn sneaks a peek at fascinating Maoist rituals that reaffirm the captive terrorists of Sendero Luminoso in their revolutionary zeal, except that the carefully created microworld of this Peruvian prison is complete and total fiction. The trilogy’s third installment, “The Juche Idea” (2008), is a mockumentary about an artist in residence in North Korea trying to produce a film according to the instructions of the Great Director Kim Jong Il. Finn’s more recent films do not let up. The “Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child” series encourages viewers to take a New Age journey into the depths of minds populated by ghosts of the communist Pantheon. Finn happily mixes genres, stylizes films to look like documentaries and carefully reconstructs fictional events. He thrives in an ecosystem of intelligent, multilevel pastiche where his main fodder is communist ideology or, rather, its paranoid and mutated forms thriving in isolation from the outside world (where it ultimately serves only itself). While ridiculing propaganda slogans, Finn uses retro-socialist aesthetics, pays attention to costumes, choreography and even gadgets. Irrespective of whether he’s telling the story of two enamored East German cosmonauts, Peruvian terroristas, North Korean “culture workers,” or American New Age Trotskyists, Finn never loses his incredible sense of style. Which is all the more amazing given he has encountered the absurd reality of communist utopia merely secondhand. Unless, of course, we believe the rumors that Jim Finn is only a pseudonym and the director of films presented in this year’s Discreet Charm of Propaganda is actually an Albanian agent trained in North Korea working on behalf of the Interplanetary Internationalist Psycho-Trotskyist Society.