Michael Robinson

Since the year 2000, Michael Robinson has created a body of film, video and photography work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and cinematheques including The 2012 Whitney Biennial, Ihe International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Tate Modern, MoMA P.S.1, Impakt, Courtisane, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Walker Center, Cinematexas, PDX, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and the San Francisco, Melbourne, Leeds, Vienna, Singapore and Hong Kong International Film Festivals.

He was the recipient of a 2009 residency from The Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from The Wexner Center for the Arts, and his films have received prizes from The Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Images Festival, Media City, Onion City, and the Chicago and Milwaukee Underground Film Festivals. Michael was awarded "Most Promising Filmmaker" at the 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2007.

Michael's work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, Art Papers, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine. He is a co-founder of Philadelphia’s Small Change Film Series, and has independently curated programs for San Francisco Cinematheque, Cornell Cinema, and The State Contemporary Art Center in Moscow. Originally from upstate NY, Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema at Binghamton University.


Victory Over the Sun

(Michael Robinson, 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...

Line Describing Your Mom

(Michael Robinson, 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.-MR...

If There Be Thorns

(Michael Robinson, 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...

Light is Waiting

(Michael Robinson, 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...

All Through the Night

(Michael Robinson, 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...

The General Returns From One Place To Another

(Michael Robinson, 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...

These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us

(Michael Robinson, 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....

And We All Shine On

(Michael Robinson, 2006)

An ill wind is transitting through the lonely night, spreading myth and deception along its murky path. Conjuring a vision of a post-apocalyptic paradise, this unworldly broadcast reveals its hidden...


(Michael Robinson, 2001)

A get-well card in celluloid and tape.  A farewell in black and white. -MR...