Mad Ladders

Michael Robinson

2015 | 00:10:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Media Analysis, Mental Landscape, Music, Myth, Nature, Television

In the film Mad Ladders, the prophetic ramblings of an unseen narrator recount fantastical dreams of the coming Rapture, as crystalline imagery of rolling clouds gives way to heavily-processed video of moving stage sets from The American Music Awards telecasts of the 1980s and early 1990s. Blooming and pulsing in and out of geometric abstraction, this swirling storm of rising curtains, spinning set pieces, and unveiled pop idols forms an occult spectacle, driven by its impassioned narrator and an 8-bit leitmotif. Like a half-remembered dream of mythology, television, and religion, the film strikes a hypnotic balance between storytelling and free-falling.

—Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago 2015

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Prizes + Awards

2016  Third Prize, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL 

2016  Honorable Mention, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival 2016, Milwaukee, WI


New York Film Festival - Projections
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Exhibitions + Festivals

2015  Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2015  Sight Unseen at MICA, Baltimore, MD 

2016  Portland International Film Festival, Portland, OR 

2016  Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, China (International Premiere)

2016  Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL

2016  Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN 

2016  Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco, CA 

2016  IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal 

2016  Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI

2016  Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany 

2016  Outfest at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA 

2016  Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada 

2016  Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX 

2016  QFest: The Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival, Houston, TX

2016  EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, South Korea

2016  MIEFF: Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, Russia