Michael Pilz

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.

How the ladies pay
Lou Reed) (8´, Austria, 1977
Invocation of Bliss
92´, Austria, 2009
State Of Grace
89´, Austria, 1991/93
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
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
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
3´, Austria, 1972/75
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
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
11´, Austria, 1965
115´, Austria, 1987/90
10´, Austria, 1971
Noah Delta II
108´, Austria, 1984/1985
80cm 5t/ Eighty Centimeters Five Tons
107´, Austria, 1989

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