Project: Circle in the Sand / I'll Be Thunder

Circle in the Sand and I'll Be Thunder are two related, yet distinct experimental narrative films, exploring the transformative potential of exile, the communing of parallel dimensions, and the redemptive possibilities of apocalypse. Set in an unstable near future, Circle in the Sand (2012), follows a band of listless vagabonds and their supervising soldiers, wandering the ruins of a seaside military fort and reinterpreting the toxic remains of Western culture. Drawn with equal doses of humor and terror, I’ll Be Thunder is a feature-length psychodrama concerning a family running a secluded guest house on a remote tropical island over three days of mounting paranoia and paranormal shift. Despite their separate settings, characters and plots, the films share overlapping atmospheres and obsessions, both seeking hope within a culture of apathy and decay.

Awardee: Michael Robinson

Moving Image, 2012

In his recent films, videos and photography, Michael Robinson explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at venues including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, Sundance, The Walker Art Center, Anthology Film Archives, MoMA PS1, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Tate Modern, Media City, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, REDCAT, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and the San Francisco, Vienna, Melbourne, Leeds, Singapore and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. Film Comment magazine listed Robinson as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000s. Robinson holds a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been awarded residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema at Binghamton University.