Spotlight on homegrown cinema
| 70 minutes | 2016
Intuitive camera work depicting jam-packed urban life and philosophical comments make up the latest offering from this icon of Canadian avant-garde cinema. A fiercely independent artist and video maker, Hoolboom continues his exploration of human behaviour in reaction to the immediate environment. A series of still shots of urban Toronto life combined with brief remarks by the artist make up the new outing by one of the most eclectic Canadian filmmakers out there. A richly interpreted visual exploration that questions our intimate relationship with modernity.IN PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR
Born: Korean War, the pill, hydrogen bomb. 1980s: Film emulsion fetish and diary salvos. Schooling at the Funnel: collective avant-geek cine utopia. 1990s: experimentalist features, transgressive psychodramas, questions of nationalism. 2000s: Seroconversion cyborg (life after death), film-to-video transcode: feature-length-found-footage bios. Fringe media archaeologist: copyleft author 7 books, co/editor 12 books. Curator: 30 programs + www.fringeonline.ca Occasional employments: artistic director Images Fest, fringe distribution Canadian Filmmakers. 80 film/vids, most redacted. 10 features. 70 awards, www.mikehoolboom.com
Film/video (selected)1980 Song for Mixed Choir (8 minutes)1981 Now, Yours (10 minutes)1986 White Museum (32 minutes)1991 Indusium (11 minutes)1992 Mexico (with Steve Sanguedolce) (35 minutes)1993 Escape in Canada (9 minutes); Frank's Cock (8 minutes)1995 House of Pain (50 minutes)1996 Letters From Home (15 minutes)1998 Panic Bodies (70 minutes)2002 Tom (50 minutes)2003 Imitations of Life (70 minutes); In the Dark (8 minutes)2004 Public Lighting (76 minutes)2006 Fascination (70 minutes)2009 Mark (70 minutes)2012 Lacan Palestine (70 minutes)2013 Buffalo Death Mask (23 minutes)2015 Scrapbook (18 minutes)2016 Incident Reports (70 minutes); We Make Couples (60 minutes)
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