Mike Stoltz at 105 AJB, Tuesday, Nov 14 at 7pm – FREE!


Join us for the season’s second Headroom event, with filmmaker Mike Stoltz in attendance to present a program of new and recent work on 16mm and video!

Mike Stoltz is a filmmaker whose work uses the tools of cinema to explore time, mythology, memory, and the medium itself. Both intimate and quizzical, his films reposition the familiar and nearby until office park architecture turns stroboscopic, kitsch relics are overcome with moss and mold, nature overtakes the man-made, and history folds in on itself. Stoltz has screened his work at numerous festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New York Film Festival – Projections, the European Media Art Festival, Le Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux, and the Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelengths, among many others.



Toward The Concrete – Films by Mike Stoltz
Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day (2012, HD, 4:30)
In Between (2010, 16mm, 4:30)
Under The Atmosphere (2014, 16mm, 15:00)
With Pluses and Minuses (2013, 16mm, 5:00)
Half Human, Half Vapor (2015, 16mm, 12:00)
Spotlight On A Brick Wall (2016, 16mm, 8:00)

Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day (2012, HD, 4:30)
“…The camera in Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day fixes on a young woman standing against a painted blue wall, the sun partially lighting her face, the sound of distant traffic in the background. Offscreen, a guitarist plucks single notes, and the woman hums along. When the music falls outside of her vocal range, she switches to a lower octave, her mouth turned up in a small grin. Later, she frowns slightly, seemingly unable to find her note. Gradually her confidence builds and her smile returns, though her humming is no longer anywhere close to the guitar’s pitch. Ten Notes is a marvel; it’s as unhurried and refreshing as this woman’s singing, which, though off-key, produces an unexpected harmony, a little song discovered in the process of its own making.”
-Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot, Issue 33

In Between (2010, 16mm, 4:30)
“An exercise in permeable architecture, an attempt to walk through a wall.” -MS

Under The Atmosphere (2014, 16mm, 14:30)
“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.” -MS

With Pluses and Minuses (2013, 16mm, 5:00)
“…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

Half Human, Half Vapor (2015, 16mm, 11:00)
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.

Spotlight On A Brick Wall collaboration with Alee Peoples (2016, 16mm, 8:00)
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.” -AP&MS



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Cinematic Arts at 335-0330 or cinematicarts@uiowa.edu

HEADROOM is sponsored by the Department of Cinematic Arts, the Arts and Humanities Initiative, the Public Digital Arts Cluster, and Little Village Magazine.