Film and video maker Michael Rudnick has presented more than 100 works at various venues including the San Francisco Cinematheque, SFMoMA, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cannes Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. His solo exhibitions have been featured at the Netherlands Film Museum, California Museum of Visual Art in Sonoma, and at Questa College in San Luis Obispo. Rudnick has received more than 20 grants and awards including the Phelan Award, the SECA Award, and multiple awards from film festivals, which includes three times at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He has been in residencies at the Exploratorium and at the Tryon Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also designed and given workshops at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, at UCLA, Cal State University at Humboldt, and Utrecht School of Art, Netherlands. He was co-founder of No Nothing Cinema, and received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
As a Cinema Artist in Residence, Rudnick has created a series of high- and low-tide studies along the shore, multiple time-lapse videos from the roof of Pier 15, and a longer-form meditation on time and tide along the Embarcadero—all currently on view in the Bay Observatory Gallery.