||Experimental Film and Video
|Friday, March 30, 7pm, $2
Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series
Presented by the UWM Department of Film
Beautiful, Wary: The Films of Michael Robinson
Filmmaker Michael Robinson in person!
In a series of films both deftly beautiful and exquisitely suspicious, Michael
Robinson unfurls captivating imagery as a means of surveying the landscape of a
possible romanticism. Bracingly smart and a pleasure to behold, his films offer
a consideration of the valence of beauty and the chance of sincerity. Currently
based in Chicago, Robinson has presented his prize-winning films all over: at,
for instance, the New York Film Festivals Views from the Avant Garde, the
International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Images (Toronto), the Media City Film
Festival, the London Film Festival, the Onion City Film Festival in Chicago, and
the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.
|from The General Returns from One Place to Another|
You Dont Bring Me Flowers
(8 minutes, 16mm color film with optical sound, 2005)
Viewed at its seams, a
collection of National Geographic landscapes from the 1960s and 70s conjures
an obsolete romanticism currently peddled to propagate entitlement and
Individualism from sea to shining sea; the slideshow deforms into a bright
white distress signal.
The General Returns from One Place to Another
(11 minutes, 16mm color film / digital video with stereo sound, 2006)
Learning to love again, with fear at its side, the film draws balance between
the romantic and the horrid, shaping a concurrently skeptical and indulgent
experience of the beautiful. A Frank O'Hara monologue (from a play of the same
title) attempts to undercut the sincerity of the landscape, but there are
stronger forces surfacing.
|from You Dont Bring Me Flowers||from And We All Shine On|
And We All Shine On
(7 minutes, 16mm color film with optical sound, 2006)
An ill wind is transmitting through the lonely night, spreading deception and
myth along its murky path. Conjuring a vision of a post-apocalyptic paradise,
this unworldly broadcast reveals its hidden demons via layered landscapes and
karaoke, singing the dangers of the mediated spirit.
Light is Waiting
(11 minutes, digital video with stereo sound, 2007)
A very special episode of televisions Full House devours itself from the
inside out, excavating a hypnotic nightmare of a culture lost at sea. Tropes
of video art and family entertainment face off in a luminous orgy from which
neither will survive.
Chiquitita and the Soft Escape
(10 minutes, 16mm color film with optical sound, 2003)
What began as an effort at proving nostalgia and sentimentalism to be purely
mechanical processes became an argument for the opposite through its assembly.
Twin attempts at structuring images of home and loved-ones break down in the
face of the romantic.