Program Faculty

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is a filmmaker and collage artist whose work explores the emotional mechanics of popular media, the transcendent potential of heartache, and the instability of the collective realities we inhabit.

His work has shown internationally in both solo and group shows at venues including London’s National Portrait Gallery, The 2012 Whitney Biennial, The Austrian Film Museum, The Walker Art Center, RHA Dublin, MoMA, REDCAT Los Angeles, and MMCA Seoul, and has been regularly included in major film festivals like Rotterdam, New York, Berlinale, Toronto, London BFI, Melbourne, Jeonju, Hong Kong, FICUNAM, and Cinema du Réel.

Michael's work has been supported by two MacDowell Fellowships, a Creative Capital grant, a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award, a Yaddo residency, a Kazuko Trust Award presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, a residency from The Headlands Center for the Arts, a Teton Artlab residency, a FIDlab Marseille project, and his films have received awards from numerous festivals. His work has been discussed in publications such as Art In AmericaFriezeArtforumFilm CommentCinema ScopeDazedThe NationBOMBThe Irish Times, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Michael has curated programs for San Francisco Cinematheque, Whitechapel Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Cornell Cinema, and The State Contemporary Art Center in Moscow, and served on the awards juries of film festivals including Ann Arbor, Aurora (Norwich, UK), Milwaukee Underground, Big Muddy (Carbondale), and Migrating Forms (NYC).  He holds a BFA from Ithaca College, an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and has previously taught at Bard MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Binghamton University and UIC.  Michael lives and works in Los Angeles and his films are distributed by Video Data Bank.