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

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