These Hammers Don't Hurt Us

Michael Robinson

2010 | 00:12:51 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Found Footage, Hollywood, Music, Myth

Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escourts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi.

“Looking to a future beyond death, Michael Robinson's These Hammers Don't Hurt Us, one of the filmmaker's most sophisticated found footage concoctions yet, combines Michael Jackson's Remember the Time music video with footage of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra and roughly a dozen other sources, creating for the late pop star a solemn passage into a bedazzled Egyptian afterlife tenderly ushered by his real-life confidante.”

— Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot, Winter 2010

This title is also available on Michael Robinson Videoworks: Volume 1

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Prizes + Awards

Tiger Short Award Nominee, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Most Technically Innovative Film Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival


New York Film Festival: Views From the Avant-Garde
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

26th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, NY, 2013

SAW Media Art Center, Under the Rainbow: The Films and Videos of Michael Robinson, July 13 2012

Whitney Biennial 2012

Hong Kong International Film Festival

European Media Art Festival

25 FPS, Zagreb

London Film Festival

Chicago Underground Film Festival

Media City, Windsor

Wisconsin Film Festival

Video Art Dumbo, Brooklyn

Migrating Forms, NY

Antimatter Festival