Mike Olenick is a filmmaker, editor, cinematographer, and photographer. In his work, he obsessively mines archives of information – often cinematic, and he appropriates, remembers, restages, and re-edits this material into other cinematic works. His films often focus on cinematic images, movie stars and films that have been forgotten or that can be remembered in a new way…
His videos have screened at the World Wide Video Festival, Cinematexas, L.A. Freewaves, the Cinémathèque Française, Ann Arbor Film Festival, VIPER Basel, New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, PDX, and the Brooklyn Underground Festival. His video The Son of Samsonite screened on Dutch television, received an honorable mention at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was featured in the touring program “Let’s Get Tested,” organized by Astria Suparak. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and his video Rabid won the Audience Award at Cinematexas 11.
He is the director of photography and editor of several works by Jennifer Reeder, including Accidents at Home and How They Happen (an HD feature); Seven Songs About Thunder, a short that received the Best Narrative Award at Ann Arbor; and Tears Cannot Restore Her; Therefore, I Weep. He also edited Lucy Raven’s experimental photo documentary about global copper production, China Town, which was featured in ArtForum and screened at MoMA. Recently, he has been the assistant editor of several works for Guy Maddin, including the Hauntings (a series of lost-film remakes which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival), and Keyhole, a feature film starring Isabella Rossellini and Jason Patric.