Productions

PRODUCTIONS / ART EXHIBITIONS

 FILM PRODUCTIONS

THE BLONDE PANTHER

Dir:Johanna St Michaels

In Development



THE INERTIA VARIATIONS

Documentary 2017,85 min,Premiere CPH:Dox

Dir/Prod:Johanna St Michaels

Matt Johnson of the English band THE THE, has remained silent as a singer / songwriter for years. Now he attempts to challenge contemporary politics through his own 12 hour live radio broadcast. But sudden grief and a request to write a new song reveal old demons of inertia and bereavement.


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JOCKEY

Documentary 2015,52 min,

Dir/Prod:Johanna St Michaels

We follow the two young girls Amelie Hurdelbrink and Fanny Olsson during one week at the race track Täby Galopp, pursuing their dreams to become professional jockeys. It is a tough environment where the one who comes in second in a race is the first loser, but also a world filled with horses, friends and hard work.

 

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A SMÖRGASBORD OF SIN

Documentary 2015, 14 min

Dir/Prod:Johanna St Michaels

The burlesque scene tickles the fancy of the “vanilla” mainstream while also appealing to feminists who see it as a safe haven for their sexuality. All kinds of body types are welcome. The scene challenges our views on sexual stereotypes, norms and sexuality.

At Stockholm’s Burlesque Festival, we meet Nick the Dick, who is participating in The Tassle and Twirl Championship for the first time; Aurora, a feminist; and Thorbjörn, who likes dressing up to challenge male stereotypes.


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TRAVRIKET

Documentary 2007,58 min,Premier SVT

Dir:Johanna St Michaels

A film about hope and luck around a little race track in Värmland, Sweden. The trainer Nils–Ola and his daughter Rebecca are at a crossroads. Should they continue or wind down their stable? Nils-Ola has not, after years of daily grinding, managed to get a star horse. Should Rebecca continue? Or should she finally move on? Premiere on Swedish Television, 2007

ABOUT DINA

Documentary 2010, 14 min

Dir:Johanna St Michaels

There was a rumour in Hollywood that the legendary commercial agent Dina had stolen money from her models, used it for her own plastic surgery and eventually ended up in jail. In the film About Dina the ex model and now director Johanna St Michaels returns to Hollywood to look up her old agent to see what happened to her. They change places in front of the camera, Dina starts to tell her story and a complex portrait of a woman is revealed.


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SNAP SHOTS FROM REALITY

Documentary 2005,9 min 

Dir. Johanna St Michaels

I met Jackie through a common friend. Two weeks earlier, she had been diagnosed with uterine cancer and now wanted her body documented before treatment. I wanted to photograph Jackie to show how fragile life is and how quickly everything can change.


Awards: Special Mention, Nordisk Panorama, Bergen 2005, 

Nominated to Best International Short- Birdeye View Film festival, ICA, London 2007 


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GOING LIVE

Documentary 2008,14 min,Premiere SVT

Dir:Johanna St Michaels

We live through celebrities. We watch them day and night from our bedrooms and offices. Is it to get a bit of glamour or is it to have somebody to share our everyday life with?


Going, a champion horse, can always be seen through a web camera. After a relatively poor last season he is now going to compete in the first big international race of the year. Is he going to live up to the press from the media? And most of all to his fans expectations? It is said all of Sweden is keeping its fingers crossed for him.


BEST WISHES, BERNARD

Documentary 2004,30 min

Dir:Johanna St Michaels

An old man sick with cancer asks a young filmmaker to document his death.

”Best Wishes, Bernhard” is a macabre portrait of a peculiar man who has a very unsentimental relationship toward living and dying. He expresses deep loathing for caring, mourning, sympathy and other human values.


Awards: Swedish Film Institute’s prize ”Dokumentärfilms Premien” in 2003.

Nominated to the Kodak Prize, Shadow Film Festival, Amsterdam 2004


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ART EXHIBITIONS

THE RADIO CINEOLA- THE INERTIA VARIATIONS


EXHIBITION SUMMERHALL,EDINBOURGH 2017

EIFF 2017 will host a unique version of the exhibition that is being presented around the world to compliment The Inertia Variations. The creative team behind this breathtaking installation is comprised of musician Matt Johnson, filmmaker Johanna St Michaels, prize-winning architect Jacob Sahlqvist, lighting designer Kate Wilkins, and poet John Tottenham. Visitors will find themselves entering a space in which St Michaels’ film is conceptually transformed into a thought-provoking interactive multi-media experience with Johnson’s iconic Radio Cineola mast at its centre.




THE RADIO CINEOLA - THE INERTIA VARIATIONS


EXHIBITION RÖDA STEN, GOTHENBURG 2014


’Radio Cineola - The Inertia Variations’ is an Anglo-Swedish collaboration inspired by the poem ‘The Inertia Variations’ by John Tottenham. 


The installation features narration, soundscapes and music from Matt Johnson (aka THE THE) and visual art by film director Johanna St Michaels. The sculpture is by architect Jacob Sahlqvist and sculpture illuminations are designed by lighting designer Kate Wilkins and is the symbol of ‘Radio Cineola’, an imaginary shortwave radio station and inspired by shortwave broadcasts from the mid 20th century.


HOME SWEET HOME


FILM/PERFORMANCE/EXHIBITION ALMEDALEN 2013-14
KRISTINA FRANK&JOHANNA ST MICHAELS


What does ”home” mean for you?

No one believes that I am homeless and want to be! A stable address is overrated. I do what I want, but at the same time, as I turn away from the idea of a home, the question that gnaws at me is why it comes naturally for others but not for me? Says Artist Kristina Frank. As she makes an artistic and political statement against the housing crisis in Sweden during Politician's Week in Almedalen in 2013


The film was shown at Visby Konstmuseum 2014 and at

Konstepidemins Gallery

TECHNOLOGIES OF THE SELF 


ASPECTS OF SELF PERFORMANCE 2015


About beauty as commodity, bodily maturity and female sexuality. Johanna St Michaels worked as a model for 14 years. She takes us on a time trip in monologue form, where we get to see the consequences of beauty from another angle In the workshop we show parts of Johannas Film production. In conversations with the audience she analyzes her motives and how it has affected her artistry.

THE ISLAND AMID THE WORLDS 2011


ART FILM

DIR: Johanna St Michaels

Premiere Gothenburg International Filmfestival

A deserted military base lies on two small islands outside the metropolis. Its purpose was to defend the city and the base was the most modern of its kind. Nature has now taken over and has wound itself around the human structures and created living sculptures. The ruins whisper of a time not so long ago about superpower battles and the simple soldier’s anxiety. A work about construction verses nature, inside verses outside. A play with stills, video and sound design.

BLUE WOMEN 2003


PHOTOGRAPHER:Johanna St Michaels

Photo Exhibition