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

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

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