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ONWARD LOSSLESS FOLLOWS
16:45 / HD / 2017 / VIMEO PREVIEW AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

A password-protected love affair, a little vapor on Venus, and a horse with no name ride out in search of a better world. Against the mounting darkness, a willing abduction offers a stab at tomorrow.

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MAD LADDERS
9:45 / HD / 2015 / VIMEO PREVIEW AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

A modern prophet's visions of mythical destruction and transformation are recounted across a turbulent geometric ceremony of rising curtains, swirling setpieces, and unveiled idols from music television's past. Together, these parallel cults of revelation unlock a pathway to the far side of the sun.

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THE DARK, KRYSTLE
9:34 / digital video / 2013 / VIMEO PREVIEW AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

The cabin is on fire! Krystle can't stop crying, Alexis won't stop drinking, and the fabric of existence hangs in the balance, again and again and again.

"The Dark, Krystle brilliantly re-purposes the artificiality of stock gesture, allowing viewers to see its hollowness and to feel it recharging with new emotional power. Equal parts archival fashion show and feminist morality play, Robinson's montage rekindles the unfinished business of identity, consumption, and excess in 1980s pop culture." - Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

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CIRCLE IN THE SAND
45:45 / super16mm film transferred to HD / 2012

In a broken near future, a band of listless vagabonds ambles across a war-torn coastal territory, supervised and sorted by a group of idle soldiers. Rummaging, stuttering, and smashing through the leftovers of Western culture, these ragged souls conjure an unstable magic, fueled by their own apathy and the poisonous histories imbedded in their unearthed junk. Suspicion, boredom, garbage, and glamour conspire in the languid pageantry of ruin. Feel the breeze in your hair, and the world crumbling through your fingers.

Filmed in Northern California and Central New York, with performances by Julia Austin, Rachel Bernstein, Hajera Ghori, Douglas Martin, James McHugh, Gennaro Panarello, and Chad Southard, with costumes and sets by Dana Carter. Supported by The Wexner Center Film/Video Residency Award, Circle in the Sand is a project of Creative Capital.

"Michael Robinson's Circle in the Sand invokes the cosmos with generous throws of glitter. With a strikingly costumed cast wandering the post-apocalypse, the film plays like a zonked L'Avventura (1960). Three sparkle-eyed women walk the California coast, while a forlorn troupe of military men wait on patrol. The ladies unearth misbegotten artifacts of a forgotten world in the sand: anonymous Yelp reviews, skipping Counting Crows CDs, and dayglo nails are just the beginning. Stretching beyond the short format, Robinson's imagination remains prodigious in the particulars. The credo bookending the film - 'We wanted to destroy knowledge but from within knowledge' - does nicely as a description for the collagist's quixotic task." - Max Goldberg, for Keyframe/Fador

 
 
 
 
 
LINE DESCRIBING YOUR MOM
5:50 / digital video / 2011

This is the new choreography of devotion, via the vlog of southern nightmares. This is the light that never goes out. This is the line describing your mom.

 
 
 
 
 
THESE HAMMERS DON'T HURT US
13:00 / digital video / 2010

Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escourts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi.

 
 
 
 
 
IF THERE BE THORNS
13:20 / 16mm color film transferred to digital video / 2009

A dark wave of exile, incest, and magic burns across the tropics, forging a knotted trail into the black hole. Three star-crossed siblings wander in search of one another as a storm of purple prose and easy listening slowly engulfs them.

 
 
 
 
 
MIGRATING FORMS 2009 FESTIVAL TRAILER
1:30 / digital video / 2009

I now take complete control of my life and am happy and fulfilled by my independence.

 
 
 
 
 
HOLD ME NOW
5:00 / digital video / 2008

Plagued by blindness, sloth, and devotion, a troubled scene from Little House On The Prairie offers itself up to karaoke exorcism.

 
 
 
 
 
CAROL ANNE IS DEAD
7:30 / vhs transferred to digital video / 2008

A family embraces the heart of evil in this Poltergeist remake/drag-show circa 1992.

 
 
 
 
 
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
4:20 / digital video / 2008

A charred visitation with an icy language of control: "there is no room for love". Splinters of Nordic fairy tales and ecological disaster films are ground down into a prism of contradictions in this hopeful container for hopelessness.

 
 
 
 
 
VICTORY OVER THE SUN
12:30 / 16mm color film with optical sound / 2007

Dormant sites of past World's Fairs breed an erruptive struggle between spirit and matter, ego and industry, futurism and failure. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory; nothing lasts forever even cold November rain.

 
 
 
 
 
LIGHT IS WAITING
11:20 / digital video / 2007

A very special episode of television's 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 neither can survive.

 
 
 
 
 
THE GENERAL RETURNS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER
10:45 / 16mm color film transferred to digital video / 2006

Shaping a concurrently indulgent and skeptical experience of the beautiful, the film draws an uneasy balance between the romantic and the horrid. 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.

 
 
 
 
 
AND WE ALL SHINE ON
7:00 / 16mm color film with optical sound / 2006

An ill wind is transmitting through the lonely night, spreading deception and myth along its murky path, singing the dangers of the mediated spirit.

 
 
 
 
 
YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS
8:00 / 16mm color film with optical sound / 2005

Viewed at its seams, a National Geographic slideshow from the 1960's and 70's deforms into a bright white distress signal.

 
 
 
 
 
MOTEL FLORA
5:00 / digital video / 2003

A collection of discarded souls, rescued from the trash of a college darkroom.

 
 
 
 
 
CHIQUITITA AND THE SOFT ESCAPE
9:30 / 16mm color film with optical sound / 2003

Twin attempts at structuring images of home and loved-ones suffer a gentle breakdown in the face of the romantic.