Mike Olenick makes perverse films focused on photography, forbidden desire, reproduction, transformation, and memories. His work has streamed on MUBI, played on Dutch TV, and won awards at the Slamdance Film Festival (Best Experimental Short), Chicago Underground Film Festival (Best Looking Film), Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Big Muddy Film Festival. Recently his films have screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Mike is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from both the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He was awarded a fellowship at the inaugural Shudder Labs where he workshopped There Goes the Neighborhood, a feature-length horror/sci-fi film.
In addition to making his own films, Mike has worked as an editor on projects for Guy Maddin (including Keyhole and The Forbidden Room), Michael Robinson, Kelly Reichardt, the Quay Brothers, Lucy Raven, and Sadie Benning. Since 2003 he has edited numerous works for Jennifer Reeder, including A Million Miles Away, Blood Below the Skin, Crystal Lake, SHUVIT, All Small Bodies, and her feature Knives and Skin. Films he has edited have screened at numerous film festivals including Sundance and Berlin, and work he has edited is also included in the collections of MoMA and the Tate. For more info about Mike's work as an editor, check out www.MakeMoviesWithMike.com.
Mike earned his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with an emphasis in Photography and a BFA in Media Studies from the Columbus College of Art & Design. In addition to freelance editing, he currently manages a video archive at a museum and teaches a graduate seminar in art. When he’s not putting together a jigsaw puzzle, he spends his time drawing cats and developing a soap opera set at an art museum.