"A mystic's sculpture garden amidst hurricane damage and property foreclosure."
2015 / 16mm / 11:00
Modulated White Noise Soundtrack (play loud or through headphones)
"Traces of a human colony from a near past are unearthed through its relics; speculations about parallel possibilities emerge as debris turns into vapor." - 2016 Images Festival
This project began out of a fascination with a giant sculpture of a dragon attached to a Central Florida mansion. The property had recently been left to rot, held in lien by a bank. Hurricanes washed away the sculpture.
I learned about the artist who created this landmark, Lewis Vandercar (1913-1988), who began as a painter. His practice grew along with his notoriety for spell-casting and telepathy.
Inspired by Vandercar’s interest in parallel possibility, I combined these images with text from local newspaper articles in a haunted-house film that both engages with and looks beyond the material world.
2015 New York Film Festival - Projections (premiere)
2015 Half Human, Half Vapor solo show at Echo Park Film Center
2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam
2016 Onion City Film Festival
2016 Crossroads Festival
2016 Athens International Film and Video Festival
2016 Images Festival
2016 European Media Arts Festival Osnabruck
2016 Exis Festival
2016 Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine
"Referring to the narrowness of the peninsula, they claimed it would not be able to withstand such a great explosion and would be blown to pieces the moment the cannon was fired. 'Then let it be blown to pieces' the Floridians replied."
Filmed on the Central Florida "Space Coast", site of NASA's launch pads. Dormant spacecraft, arcane text, activated landscape, and the surface of the image work towards a future-past shot reverse shot.
2014 Toronto International Film Festival - Wavelengths
2014 New York Film Festival - Projections
2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2015 Arisia Science Fiction Film Festival
2015 Dallas Medianale
2015 Florida Experimental Film Festival
2015 $100 Film Festival
2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2015 Athens International Film and Video Festival - AWARD - Best Experimental Film
2015 Courtisane Festival
2015 Crossroads Festival
2015 European Media Art Festival - Osnabrück
"This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth)"
A ground-less and boundless 16mm film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape.
"...Stoltz shakes and dislocates audio and image with volume and pitch variations, editing the 16mm film in camera, varying the focus and the shot length of every frame, shifting background and foreground, turning and spinning the camera hand-held positions, and allowing sequences of black that punctuate the image’s algorithms. The filmmaker’s dance transforms abstraction into personal experience. He is an active agent of the surrounding world, and of the opportunities that open and close before us."
-Mónica Savirón, LUMIÈRE Fall 2013
Mike Stoltz is a filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. He makes films and videos dictated by process, directly working with the apparatus. His work has screened at such venues as Views From the Avant-Garde at NYFF, Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Machine Project (Los Angeles), and The Echo Park Film Center.
2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival
2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival - Avant Garde Program
2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival - Sonic Spaces
2014 Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente
2014 San Francisco Cinematheque CROSSROADS Festival
2014 Australian International Experimental Film Festival
2014 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
2014 Sight Unseen Cinema, Baltimore, MD
2013 New York Film Festival - Views From the Avant-Garde
2013 DINCA Vision Quest at Mana Contemporary (Chicago)
2013 Magic Lantern Cinema, Providence, RI
2013 Balagan Cinema, Boston MA
2013 Abstraction Reaction at Machine Project (Los Angeles)
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Excerpt from looping 16mm installation (2015, dimensions variable)