Experimentation. Transcendence. Rapture.
| 70 minutes | 2017
The prolific Canadian filmmaker’s analytical, experimental and highly personal take on a collection of short films made by the Red Cross. Revisiting and reworking found footage from around the world, Hoolboom opens a whole new dialogue with the archival images originally filmed by the international organization. The Canadian filmmaker uses his avant-garde, experimental and personal approach to take viewers on a journey through time over the course of five chapters marked by differing formal approaches.IN PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTORIN COMPETITION
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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