Mike Stoltz is a Los Angeles-based moving image artist whose practice is dictated by process, working directly with the tools of cinema (images, sound, and time) to reexamine the familiar, the communal, and the medium itself. His works are rooted in a bodily encounter with the subject. This manifests on screen in instances of engaging with performers from behind the camera, chance-based interventions in landscape, moving the camera in concert with architectural structures, and directly addressing the audience. Special effects are created by hand through in-camera techniques and rephotography. Physicality continues in the process of editing the pieces, cutting directly on 16mm film and composing the soundtracks from tape music and live sound generated with collaborators.
Stoltz's 16mm films and videos have screened internationally at venues such as Toronto International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Courtisane, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, REDCAT, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He has taught film and video at CalArts, University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, and Cerritos College.