I am not there

Video8 fragments of family recordings of a lost past are haunting the present, a here and now that is already past and yonder. A day as a child and a day as an adult at a castle, in-between lie thirty years, the look through the viewfinder onto the empty spaces of the present collapse with the look of the father through the viewfinder then and there. The instability of the film's manual development process hints at the instability of the spatial and temporal coordinates of our existence, the absence of a negative at the transience of memory.

  • Markus Maicher
  • Heidi Fial
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
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  • Experiments in Cinema
    United States
  • Artifact Small Format Film Festival
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
    Russian Federation
Distribution Information
  • Light Cone
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Canyon Cinema
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Markus Maicher

Markus Maicher, 1984, is an experimental filmmaker, projectionist at the Austrian Filmmuseum, part of the artist-run film lab filmkoop wien, PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts and teaches film as artistic research at the TU Vienna. He studied Sociology, Urban Studies, Psychoanalytic Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Experimental Film at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film. His film works engage with the cinematographic dispositiv and the poetry of the physical qualities of film itself. His films have been shown at festivals such as Vienna Shorts Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Experiments in Cinema, Analogica, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto, RPM Festival and at the Austrian Filmmuseum, Stadtkino and Metro Kinokulturhaus.

Markus Maicher, 1984, ist Filmemacher, Projektionist im österreichischen Filmmuseum, Teil des artist-run film labs filmkoop wien, PhD Kandidat an der Universität für Angewandte Kunst und unterrichtet Film als Medium künstlerischer Forschung an der TU Wien. Er absolvierte die Schule Friedl Kubelka für unabhängigen Film, davor studierte er Soziologie, Stadtforschung, psychoanalytische Kulturwissenschaften und Film- und Medientheorie. Sein filmisches Schaffen beschäftigt sich mit Fragen des kinematographischen Dispositivs und der Materialität von analogem Film. Seine Filme wurden u.a. auf Festivals wie Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Experiments in Cinema, Analogica, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto, RPM Festival und im Österreichischen Filmmuseum, Stadtkino und Metro Kinokulturhaus gezeigt. moments unrecorded. He works on Super8 / 16mm film and teaches urban theory and film as a creative research tool at the Vienna University of Technology. He also works as a projectionist at the Austrian Filmmuseum.

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