Artist Projects

Circle in the Sand / I'll Be Thunder


Michael Robinson

Circle in the Sand and I'll Be Thunder are two related, yet distinct experimental narrative films, exploring the transformative potential of exile, the communing of parallel dimensions, and the redemptive possibilities of apocalypse. Set in an unstable near future, Circle in the Sand (2012), follows a band of listless vagabonds and their supervising soldiers, wandering the ruins of a seaside military fort and reinterpreting the toxic remains of Western culture. Drawn with equal doses of humor and terror, I’ll Be Thunder is a feature-length psychodrama concerning a family running a secluded guest house on a remote tropical island over three days of mounting paranoia and paranormal shift. Despite their separate settings, characters and plots, the films share overlapping atmospheres and obsessions, both seeking hope within a culture of apathy and decay.

Project Updates

  • 2016: I’ll Be Thunder invited to FIDLab International Co-production Platform in Marseille, France

  • 2013: Circle in the Sand screens at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH


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  • 2013: Circle in the Sand screens with other works by Michael Robinson at YU Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR, presented by Cinema Project.


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  • 2013: Circle in the Sand screens in San Francisco Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS 2013 film festival.


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  • 2013: Circle in the Sand wins a Jury Award at the 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival.


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  • 2013: Circle in the Sand screens at International Film Festival Rotterdam


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  • 2012: Circle in the Sand screens in the New York Film Festival