Labyrinth of Memory
Film Screening, Friday, March 23th, KIAC Ballroom, 7 pm
(admission by donation)
Since his arrival on the Canadian experimental film scene in the late 1970s, Toronto based filmmaker Philip Hoffman has long been recognized as Canadaĺ─˘s pre-eminent diary filmmaker. He has been using aspects of his own life to deconstruct the Griersonian legacy of documentary practice in Canada. Working directly upon the material of film, Hoffman pays careful attention to the way one perceives by foregrounding the image and its creation. Poetic, personal, provocative, and perceptive, the films of Philip Hoffman constitute one of the most important bodies of work in Canadian independent cinema.
All films screened in their original 16mm format.
Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan and Encarnacion
6 min., 1984, sound: Mike Callich
The bus stopped on the Mexican highway, placing us in full view of a young boy, motionless, on the hot pavement. In this film, the incident is revealed through a poetic text, derived from my written journals. The poetry mixes primarily with Mexican streetscapes which compliment the text in a tonal sense. Most images are 28 seconds long, the ĺ─˙breathĺ─¨ of the 16mm Bolex camera. A lone saxophone (Mike Callich) weaves its way through the narrative, blending to make stronger the tones and accentuations of the images. (PH) Music by Mike Callich.
- Michael Hoolboom,
- Mike Cartmell,
?O, Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film)
23 min., 1986, Sound: Tucker Zimmerman
- Robert Everett-Green
- Blaine Allan,
- Gary Evans, 1986 Grierson Seminar
- Dot Tuer,
15 min., 1996, Sound: Tucker Zimmerman
- Dirk de Bruyn, Melbourne Film Festival Catalogue 1996
In 1989 I finished the film ĺ─˙Kitchener-Berlinĺ─¨ and put a close to a cycle of work which dealt directly with my-self, and how self is expressed/constructed cinematically. At the same time I took my old Super 8 camera out of the closet, and began collecting images, using the single-frame-zoom. Cubist in its visual delivery, the single-frame-zoom builds a splayed reality that brings together disparate vantage points, simultaneously, and serves as the glue that blends and bonds peoples, places and spaces in ĺ─˙Chimera.ĺ─¨
ĺ─˙Chimeraĺ─¨ was shot during a time when I had the opportunity to travel, a time of tremendous change; between 1989 and 1992 in Leningrad, London, Egypt, Helsinki, Sydney and Uluru; was optically printed and edited in Helsinki in 1992; completed in Mount Forest in 1995.
passing through / torn formations
43 min., 1988, Sound: Tucker Zimmerman
- Marian McMahon
- Stan Brakhage
- Philip Hoffman,
- Mike Hoolboom,
For more info please see Phil's website.