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Pleasure Dome welcomes Michael Robinson’s first appearance in Canada with a screening of seven of his films made since 2005, plus a director’s choice of titles by three of his American contemporaries, Shana Moulton, Kent Lambert and Luther Price.
Robinson may not be a familiar name to you yet. Though his brilliant short films (Victory over the Sun, The General Returns from One Place to Another, you don’t bring me flowers) have appeared regularly at the Images Festival since 2004, the variations and differences in the works of this active and important young American filmmaker do not lead to immediate name recognition. But that is changing, especially following his numerous recent solo programs with prestigious groups like Anthology Film Archives, George Eastman House, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Wexner Center and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Robinson represents a new cross-patching avant-garde, willfully hanging its pop references on the wrong cultural hooks and revealing a new nostalgia for the shroud that it is.