Austrian filmmaker Martin Arnold, known for his stuttering dissections of classical Hollywood cinema, directs his deconstructive impulses this time to the heritage of Walt Disney. The results, Shadow Cuts (2010) and Soft Palate (2011), are two neurotic re-animations that come to life in the darkness between images, where the viewer meets his dreams and demons. —courtisane.be
Martin Arnold (born 1959 in Vienna, Austria) is an experimental filmmaker known for his obsessive reworkings of found footage. He is also a founding member of the Austrian film distributor Sixpack Film. Arnold studied psychology and art history at the University of Vienna. He has taught filmmaking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt, the Kansas City Art Institute, Bard College, and at SUNY Binghamton. His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in the United States and by Sixpack Film in Austria.
Arnold’s films are intensely cut sequences in which several seconds of found footage are taken and stretched out into much longer works. The figures on the screen flip back and forth between frames, as the motion is repeated, reversed, and numerous single frame cuts are made. His intent is to create, or possibly unearth, narratives concealed within the mundane films from which he samples. Passage à l’acte (1993… read more