Michael Wallin

Sleepwalk (1973) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Spiritual / Mystical

Explores the juncture of psychology and spirituality as expressed in the writing of the Russian mystic/philosopher Gurdjieff and his student Ouspensky. A deconstruction (via rhythmic repetition and optical printing) of the notion of personality, as expressed in gesture and vocal nuance, that becomes almost unconscious in behavior. An attempt to bring to consciousness these idiosyncratic traits and break the cycle of waking sleep. "It was the funniest film in the festival ... the images stayed with me and heightened my visual world. ... [A] beautiful dialectical relationship on the structural use of sound ...." - Ray Kril, festival judge "One of the few films from which I actually learned something about people." -- Don Lloyd, filmmaker and festival judge "Almost a linguistic analysis of the structure of motion ... orchestrates the 'meaningless babble' of life." -- Carel Towe, filmmaker and critic

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michael Wallin

Decodings (1988) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

"Michael Wallin's DECODINGS is a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the '40s and '50s. ... The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was long ago." -- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice "DECODINGS is a magical, seamless work that manages to beguile even as it probes areas tender to the touch. Its tale is beautifully told ...." -- Patrick Hoctel, SF Weekly "Explodes with Bunuel's sensuousness and a Hitchcockian narrative irony ...." -- Doug Sadownick, LA Weekly "Wallin's achievement in DECODINGS is to create a powerfully inventive work that conveys with dramatic intensity strong feelings of remembrance and loss from images that have been extracted from the culture. ... Wallin has succeeded in creating from various film sources a work that emphasizes the fragility and ultimate vulnerability of human expression and relationships." -- John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Biennial catalogue, 1989

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

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