Konrad Steiner makes short non-narrative films in the American experimental tradition of unipersonal production, winning awards and screening in festivals worldwide. His primary interest is to use the moving image as a medium for compositions in language, sound and cinematography.
He served on the curatorial committee of San Francisco Cinematheque from 2003-2006. In 2007 he co-founded and produced (with Irina Leimbacher) the screening and performance series kino21. The program calendar is archived here.
In the last five years, his work has increasingly involved live cinema collaborations with musicians (SF Bay Area composers Jon Raskin of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Matt Ingalls of SFSound, new music ensemble and big band leader Graham Connah) and poets (Leslie Scalapino, Steve Benson, Brent Cunningham, Carla Harryman and Jen Hofer).
In a longer term project since 2003, he has worked with dozens of writers from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Portland, Chicago, Buffalo and New York to produce shows dedicated to the renewed interest in adapting the tradition of live movie telling, an art which was brought to its apex in Japan, Korea and other East Asian nations during the silent film era. He will perform several of these “neo-benshi” pieces here at Bathhouse Events in March, in addition to screening single channel film works.
Article on live film narration from Camerawork journal.
Recent events include: