Michael Pilz (Austria)

Michael Pilz was born in 1943 in Gmünd, Lower Austria, close to where the „Iron Curtain“ used to separate Austria and Czechoslovakia. Years of 1952-55 he spent as choirboy in Monastery boarding school in Zwettl. In 1954 he started to take pictures and work with 8 mm film. In 1956 he moved to Vienna and became influenced by work of Jackson Pollock, Karl Prantl, Robert Frank, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Robert Bresson, etc.
Later on he developed a growing interest in the technical, material, and mental aspects of cinematography as well as the various ways of expressing the subconscious in film which lead in his experimental period of the sixties. He had, above all, experimented with different cameras and the film material itself (all forms of direct treatment such as painting, scratching), handheld and out-of-control-moving cameras, and absurd, that is to say anarchist staging. He took various approaches to examine pure („basic“) cinematic phenomena. Unfortunately most of that experimental material has been lost.
During the seventies Pilz worked as author and director in different genres for various departments of ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (cultural programs, entertainment, documentaries, including movie Franz Grimus, 1977).
Since 1983, Pilz has engaged in delivering occasional lectures and holding workshops on aesthetics and experimental filmmaking, mainly abroad.
In 1988/1990 he made Feldberg - experimental fiction feature film without dialogs.
During last two decades Pilz has been concentrating mostly on producing films shot on his extensive travels.

Filmography

  • Plakatkleber
    11´, Austria, 1965
  • Unter Freunden
    14´, Austria, 1966
  • Hausrucker–Co Ballon für zwei
    11´, Austria, 1967
  • Big Shot - together with Gert Winkler
    13´, Austria, 1968
  • Für Peter Noever und Achille Castiglioni
    4´, Austria, 1969
  • Underground - together with Gert Winkler
    6´, Austria, 1969
  • Jascha
    6´, Austria, 1969
  • Lui - together with Gert Winkler, Lui Dimanche
    3´, Austria, 1969
  • Maskerade
    3´, Austria, 1969
  • Coop Himmelblau - together with Coop Himmelblau
    25´, Austria, 1970
  • Wienerinnen
    10´, Austria, 1971
  • Wladimir Nixon
    23´, Austria, 1971/72
  • Easy Feeling
    6´, Austria, 1971
  • Das Lied vom Hofer
    25´, Austria, 1975
  • L’imagination des yeux
    29´, Austria, 1973
  • Jahresrückblick
    5´, Austria, 1975
  • Zero
    3´, Austria, 1972/75
  • Langsamer Sommer - together with John Cook
    84´, Austria, 1974/76
  • Franz Grimus
    45´, Austria, 1977
  • How the ladies pay
    Lou Reed) (8´, Austria, 1977
  • Die Generalin
    45´, Austria, 1977
  • Schule und Autorität/ School and Authority
    21´, Austria, 1978
  • Landkino/ Country Movie Houses
    14´, Austria, 1978
  • Sandvic Image
    21´, Austria, 1979
  • Himmel und Erde/ Heaven and Earth
    297´, Austria, 1979/82
  • Wels
    84´, Austria, 1984
  • Noah Delta II
    108´, Austria, 1984/1985
  • Paticca-samuppada
    16´, Austria, 1986
  • Parco delle Rimembranze/ Park of Remembrance
    14´, Austria, 1987
  • Zen im Steinbruch
    5x5´, Austria, 1987
  • Der Lauf des Wassers
    44´, Austria, 1986/88
  • 80cm 5t/ Eighty Centimeters Five Tons
    107´, Austria, 1989
  • Staatz Ende
    4´, Austria, 1986/89
  • Feldberg
    115´, Austria, 1987/90
  • Two Horse Town
    53´, Austria, 1990/91
  • State Of Grace
    89´, Austria, 1991/93
  • All the Vermeers in Prague
    121´, Austria, 1987/94
  • Prisyadim na dorozhku/ Let‘s Sit Down Before We Leave
    627´, Austria, 1993/95
  • Was übersetzt ist noch nicht angekommen/ Facts For Fiction
    69´, Austria, 1996
  • Pieces Of Dreams
    55´, Austria, 1988/99
  • Indian Diary – Days At Sree Sankara
    168´, Austria, 2000
  • Siberian Diary – Days At Apanas
    140´, Austria, 1994/2003
  • Windows, dogs and horses
    40´, Austria, 1993/2005
  • Haiku happens
    7´, Austria, 2005/2007
  • Yemen Travelogue – Days at Shibam and Seiyun
    160´, Austria, 2006/2008
  • Invocation of Bliss
    92´, Austria, 2009

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