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Artists as Writers: Hoolboom, Michael

Artist Biography


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HOOLBOOM, Michael

Areas of Expertise

Film (including Canadian and experimental film), Writing, Curation,

Biography

Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist working in film and video. He has made over eighty films and videos, though most have been withdrawn from circulation, approximately a dozen remain on view. His work has appeared in over four hundred festivals, garnering thirty awards. He has been granted the Tom Berner Award for community service and two lifetime achievement awards, the first from the city of Toronto, and the second from the Mediawave Festival in Hungary.

He has enjoyed retrospectives of his work at the Images Festival (Toronto), Visions du Reel (Switzerland), Xenix (Switzerland), Cork International Festival (Ireland), Cinema de Balie (Amsterdam), Mediawave Festival (Hungary), Impakt Festival (Holland), Vila do Conde Festival (Portugal), Jihlava Documentary Festival (Czech Republic), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (France), Sixpack Film (Vienna), the Buenos Aires International Festival (Argentina), Pacific Cinematheque (Canada) and A Million Different Loves Festival in Poland.

He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Biography from Michael Hoolboom's website.

Online Resources

Mike Hoolboom's Website. Includes detailed information of all his written and filmic works. Very comprehensive collection of Hoolboom's essays, interviews, and writings regarding his films on his beautifully designed website.

Fringe Online, an online project by Hoolboom which features writings, stills, and clips from Canadian media artists. A collection that features previously unpublished materials assembled into an aesthetically exquisite virtual library.

Visible City Project + Archive includes 5 video interviews with Michael Hoolboom.

View full videos of 3 of Hoolboom's works online from Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (CCCA)

Writing by Michael Hoolboom

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

Michael Hoolboom is a prolific writer. For a complete and updated list of his writing, please refer to the Writing section of his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Writing about his own art and films

"Watching Death at Work: My Life in Film."  Cantrill's Filmnotes 69/70 (Mar 1993): 34-49. Available at OCADU Library.

"Three Scripts."  Journal of Film and Video 49.3 (Fall 1997): 38-47.  Available at OCADU Library.

"Positiv (Toronto Filmmaker Describes His Changing City-Scape Since Becoming HIV Positive)." Alphabet City 6 (1998): 148-151.

"Toronto Arts Awards Speech." Michael Hoolboom, 1999.  Read online.

"Second Chances." Michael Hoolboom, 2003. Read online.

"Complaints" Michael Hoolboom, 2005. Read online.

"Stealing Pictures." Michael Hoolboom, 2006.  Read online.

"Marking." Michael Hoolboom, 2008.  Read online.

Projecting Questions: Mike Hoolboom's "Invisible Man" Between the Art Gallery and the Movie Theatre. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University, 2009. 
Hoolboom writings in this book include "Epigraph" ; "Invisible Man Interview" ; "The Invisible Man Blog" (with Philip Monk, Demetra Christakos & Mike Cartmell) ; "Showing Pictures: A Conversation Between Yann Beauvais and Mike Hoolboom" and "Complaints" 

"Opening the Door." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online.
An acceptance speech for Tom Berner Award, Images Festival, Toronto, Apr 2009.

"Love and Work." Michael Hoolboom, Mar 2010. Read online.
A talk delivered as part of Toronto artist/architect Adrian Blackwell presents a new instance of Model for a Public Space.

"Bell Award Presentation." Michael Hoolboom, Gladstone Hotel, 18 June 2010.  Read online.

"Why Do I Make Films?" Michael Hoolboom, 2011.  Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's writing about his art and films, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Writing about art and film

Essays & Lectures

"It's My Party: Twisting and Shouting at the International Experimental Film Congress."  By Mike Hoolboom & Kass Banning. Cinema Canada 166 (Sep 1989): 26. Read online.

"A Brief (and Incomplete) Chronology of Canada-U.S. Film Relations." Originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 13.1 (Fall 1991).  Read online.

"Why The Film You're Making Won't Be Seen in Canada." Independent Eye Magazine 12.2 (Winter 1991): 54-61. Read online.

"ABC's of the Canon." originally published in Take One (Fall 1993) and LIFT Newsletter (Jan 1994). Read online.

"Nine Thoughts on Short Films: From an Address to the First Annual Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival." Originally published in Take One 4.9 (Fall 1995): 46-7 and Plague Years: A Life in Underground Movies (Toronto: YYZ Books, 1998).

"On the 25th Anniversary of Cantrills Filmnotes." Cantrills Filmnotes 81/82 (June 1996): 6.

"The Festival That Ate My Brain." originally published in Take One 5.14 (Winter 1997) and Plague Years: A Life in Underground Movies (Toronto: YYZ Books, 1998). Read online.

Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Toronto: Pages Books, 1996; Toronto: Coach House Books, 2nd ed., 2001. Read online or from OCADU Library.

"Cinema and Video: Cain and Abel." originally published in Ars Atlantic Magazine 18.2 (Fall 2001): 36-9. Read online.

"This Year It's All About Money." Originally published in Public 25 "Experimentalism" (Fall 2002). Read online.

"Love Rigorous." Michael Hoolboom, 2003. Read online.

"Viva Vila." Michael Hoolboom, 2004. Read online.

"Complaints." Michael Hoolboom, 2005. Read online.

"My Best Friend is Not a Documentary." Michael Hoolboom, 2006. Read online.

Documentary. By Michael Hoolboom. 2007.

"What is the Situation of Experimental Film Today?" Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online.

"White Like Me." Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online.

"Images Festival." Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online.

"Invisible Pictures: The President's Blue Jeans and the Secret of the Atomic Body." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online.
First Museum talk, Nashville, February 14, 2009 and MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Feb. 25, 2009

"Opus Bonum Jury." Michael Hoolboom, Oct 2010.  Read online.

"Lost." Michael Hoolboom, 2012. Read online.

"The Three Bells."  A talk delivered as artist-in-residence at York University’s Future Cinema Lab March 21, 2012. Read online.

"Ann Arbor Film Festival: Mask, Garbage, Sangha." Michael Hoolboom, 2012. Read online.

 

Writings about other filmmakers, films, writers, exhibitions

"Japanese Experimental Film, 1960-1980. Art Gallery Of Ontario. Toronto (Review)."  C Magazine 13 (1987): 66. Read at OCADU Library.

"First Images/Primal Scenes."  A review of Undivided Attention by Chris Gallagher. C Magazine (June 1987): 52-3. Read at OCADU Library.

"The New Look of Canada's Other Cinema."  Composition 11.1 Montreal (Summer 1987). Read online.

"Gary McLaren."  C Magazine (Sep 1987): 53-4. Read at OCADU Library.

"Out of Context [Final Edition]." Ottawa Citizen, 30 Aug 1988: A9. Read online.

"Authors, Ancesters, Afterbirth: A Trilogy."  Composition 2.3 (Spring 1988). Read online.

"Mike Snow." C Magazine 18 (July 1988). Read at OCADU Library.

"Philip Hoffman's Passing Through/Torn Formations."  Cinema Canada 154 (July/Aug 1988): 32. Read online.

"Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan And Encarnacion (review)." Vanguard 17.3 (Summer 1988): 41.

"Bodies of Death in the House of the Word."  Hoolboom reviews Hoffman's films.Vanguard 17.3 (Summer 1988): 41.

"The Iconography of Venus (review)."  Vanguard Vancouver 17.2 (Apr/May 1988): 30.

"Full of Days [Text for a Film]."  Descant 64/5 20.1/2 (Spring/Summer 1989): 151-161.

"Mary Mary." Originally published as "Anna Gronau and the Rites of Reproduction" in Experimental Film Coalition Newsletter (April/May/June 1989). Reprinted as "On (Experimental) Film" in Cinema Canada 163 (May 1989): 32.  Read online.

"Michael Snow's Seated Figures." Originally published in Millennium Film Journal 22 (Winter/Spring 1989/90) and C Magazine 18 (Summer 1988): 56-8. Read online.

"Ann Marie Fleming: Waving to Automatic Writing." Originally published as "The Queen is Dead: Introduction to Ann Marie Fleming" in Millennium Film Journal 26 (Fall 1992): 26-32. Read online.

"Brownian Motion: The Films of Carl Brown (1989)." Originally published in Experimental Film Coalition Newsletter (Jan/Feb/Mar 1989). Reprinted as "Condensation of Sensation (review)" & "Full Moon Darkness (review)" in Vanguard 18.3 (Summer 1989), reprinted as "Painting the Light Fantastic: Carl Brown" in Millennium Film Journal 27 (Winter 1993/4), and Lightstruck vol. 8 no. 3/4 (Fall 1996). Read online.

"Philip Barker and the Modest Spectacle of Trust." Originally published in Composition Magazine (Fall 1989). Read online.

"Stan Douglas." Originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 10.2 (Winter 1989). Read online.

"Death Dances On: The Films of Peter Dudar." Originally published in Independent Eye Magainze (Fall 1990). Read online.

"The Psychotechnology of Everyday Life: The Early Films of Steve Sanguedolce." Originally published in Millennium Film Journal 23/24 (Winter 1990/1991): 16-24. Read online.

"3 Decades (Three Decades) of Rage: The Films of Al Razutis." Cantrill's Filmnotes 67/68 (July 1992): 36-51. Read online.

"Fumiko Kiyooka: Early Work." Originally published in Cantrills Filmnotes (1992).

"The Place with Many Rooms is the Body: The Films of Fumiko Kiyooka." Cantrill's Filmnotes 73/74 (May 1994): 4-8.

"Chris Gallagher: Movie Machines." Michael Hoolboom, 1994. Read online.

"David Rimmer's Vancouver." Originally published as "As Seen on TV: David Rimmer and Vancouver's Fringe Film" in Vancouver: Representing the Postmodern City, ed. Paul Delany (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1994): 257-281. Read online.

"Out of the Closet: The Films of Wrik Mead." Cantrills Filmnotes 79/80 (Nov 1995): 44-50. Read online.

"Moving In Light: The Films of John Kneller." Originally published in Cantrills Filmnotes 83/84 (Dec 1996): 40-5. Read online.

"The Importance of Being Gariné." and "Girl from Moush: Gariné Torossian."  "Girl From Moush" originally published in Cantrill's Filmnotes 85/86 (June 1997): 50-52.

"The Death Dances of Michael Brynntrup." Originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 39-42. Read online.

"Femme Fatale: The Films of Claudia Schillinger." Originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 58-62. Read online.

"Scattering Stars: The Films of Matthias Müller." Originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 80-88. Read online.

"Queen of Disaster: Ann Marie Fleming." Cantrills Filmnotes 89-90 (June 1998): 62-7. Read online.

3 essays by Hoolboom in Lux: A Decade of Artists' Films and Video. Eds. Steve Reinke and Tom Taylor. Toronto: Pleasure Dome & YYZ Books, 2000.

  • "Passing Through: The Film Cycle of Philip Hoffman."
  • "Kika Thorne: Bodies and Desire."
  • "Mourning Pictures."

"Bodies and Desire: The Films of Kika Thorne" originally published in Cantrill's Filmnotes 71/72 (Oct 1993): 59-63. Read online.

"The Films of Wrik Mead." Originally published n Lux: A Decade of Artists' Films and Video. Eds. Steve Reinke and Tom Taylor. Toronto: Pleasure Dome & YYZ Books, 2000. Read online.

"Pelechian: Speechless in Armenia." Originally published in POV Magazine 39 (Spring 2000): 35-6. Read online.

"Godard on TV." Originally published in POV Magazine 40 (Summer 2000): 20-22. Read online.

"South to Hitchcockville: Matthais Mueller's The Phoenix Tapes." Originally published in Cinema Scope 2 (Winter 2000): 107-8. Read online.

Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Toronto: Pages Books, 1996; Toronto: Coach House Books, 2nd ed., 2001. Read online.

Like a Dream that Vanishes: The Films of Barbara Sternberg. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2000. Read online.
Hoolboom provides preface & text of 2 interviews "Transitions: Sternberg in the 80s: an interview" and "Pecking: Sternberg in the 90s: an interview"

Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman. Eds. Karyn Sandlos & Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Images Festival of Independent Film & Video: Insomniac Press, 2001. Read online.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes "Pictures of Home: Hoffman in the 80s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom" and "Duets: Hoffman in the 90s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom"

The 100 Videos: A Steve Reinke Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2002. Read online.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Steve Reinke" regarding Reinke's first movie, The 100 Videos

"Notes on a photograph in Richard Fung's Sea in the Blood." Originally published as "Stairs" in Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung, ed. Helen Lee and Kerri Sakamoto (Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2002). Read online.

"A Valentine for Stan (Remembering Stan Brakhage)." POV Magazine 49.5 (Spring 2003): 49-52. Read online.

"Arna's Children: A Tender Brute of a Movie." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004 and POV Magazine 57 (Spring 2005): 28. Read online.

"Jorgen Leth: Translucent Being." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004 and POV Magazine 57 (Spring 2005): 26-7. Read online.

"Welcome to My Hell: Sergey Loznitsa's Fabric." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004. Read online.

"A Few Notes on Hearing 99 Years of My Life." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004. Read online.

"Slouching Towards Baghdad." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004 and POV Magazine 57 Spring 2005): 29. Read online.

"Listening In: Spoon Jackson." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004. About Swedish director Michael Wenzer. Read online.

"Our Peasants." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004 and POV Magazine 57 (Spring 2005): 30-31. Read online.

"Hail Britanya." Originally published in Dok Revue,  a newspaper published by Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2004. Read online.

"Viva Vila." Michael Hoolboom, 2004. Read online.

"Janieta Eyre Intro." Michael Hoolboom, 2004. Delivered as opening remarks for Janieta Eyre's talk in the Kodak Lecture Series at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Nov. 2004. Read online.

"Notes on Two Movies by Dirk De Bruyn." originally published in Synoptique (Mar 2005). Read online.

"Daniel Cockburn: Preliminary Notes." originally published in POV Magazine 60 (2005): 37-8. Read online.

Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes: A Deirdre Logue Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2006. Read online.

Enlightened Nonsense: A Deirdre Logue Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2006. Read online.

"Christina Battle Films (2002-2006)." Michael Hoolboom, [2006]

"Lovely Andrea by Hito Steyerl." Michael Hoolboom, [2006]

"2 Shorts by Sobhi al-Zobiaidi." Michael Hoolboom, [2007]

"David!" Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online.

"Mark Karbusicky (1972-2007)." Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online.

"Mark." Michael Hoolboom, 2008, commissioned by Shaun Smith for the Pages Bookstore Website. Read online.

Amerikan Movies. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Published on the internet, Nov 2008. Read online.

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008. Read online.

Life Without Death: The Cinema of Frank Cole. Eds. Mike Hoolboom & Tom McSorley. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute/Institut canadien du film, 2009. Read online.

Al Razutis - Iconoclast. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009. Read online.

Dani Leventhal: My Animal Life. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009. Read online.

"Derek." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online
Originally presented at the Reel Artists Film Festival, Toronto, Feb. 27, 2009 before a screening of Derek by Isaac Julien (2008) at the Al Green Theatre.

"Phil." Originally published in Rivers of Time: The Films of Philip Hoffman, ed. Tom McSorley, Canadian Film Institute, 2008. Read online.

"Marina Black." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online.

"Ed Fielding." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online.

"Iranian Cookbook by Mohammad Shirvani." Michael Hoolboom, 2009. Read online.

"Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"The Dubai in Me by Christian Von Borries." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Ascent to the Sky by Stephane Breton." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzman." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Lessons of the Blood by James T. Hong and Yin-Ju Chen." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Wistful Wilderness by Digna Sinke." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"48 by Susana de Sousa Dias." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"The Oath by Laura Poitras." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Unreal Forest by Jakrawal Nilthamrong." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Dear Kathryn [Ramey]." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Music of Silence." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. An introduction to Colin Campbell's The Woman From Malibu (1976). Read online.

"Deborah Stratman Introduction." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Fear of Flying." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Audio Visual Judo." Michael Hoolboom, 2011. Writing on John Greyson Read online.

"Terrence Malick." Michael Hoolboom, 2011. Read online.

"Steve." An introduction to Steve Sanguedolce’s Blinding at InnisCollege, Toronto. January 21, 2012. Read online.

 

"Introduction (April 1, 2012 TIFF Lightbox)." Introduction to John Greyson. Read online.

"Shary's Boyle." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Dear Stan." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Colin Campbell (1942-2001)." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Aleesa Cohene." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"My Big Fat Avant-Garde Movie: Notes on Brent Coughenour’s Mysterium Cosmographicum." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"David Dinnell's Midden." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Su Friedrich Intro." and "Hide and Seek." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Arundhati Roy and the Beauty of the Naxalites." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"John Price: Second Childhood." Michael Hoolboom n.d.  Read online.

"Hey Matthias." Michael Hoolboom, n.d.  Read online.

"Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky." Michael Hoolboom, n.d.  Read online.

"Beginnings: Richard Kerr." Michael Hoolboom, n.d.  Read online.

"It's Always July."  About Miranda July.  Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online

"Jean Luc's Tears." and  "The War of Pictures." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

 

Catalogue essays

"My Life in the Groin of the Crypt." Originally published in Is Dead? film catalogue of Pinhole Cinema, Seattle Washington on Feb. 2, 1993 — a retrospective program of American avant-garde film from the 1960s. Read online.

"Mourning Pictures." Originally published in The Blood Records Written and Annotated (exhibition catalog), Oakville Gallery, 1999. Read online.

"Second Chances." Michael Hoolboom, 2003. Originally published in Vila do Conde Catalogue (June 2003) for Hoolboom's retrospective. Read online.

"It's Perfect!" Originally published in Vila do Conde Catalogue (2005). Read online.

"Hey Matthias." The Memo Book: Films, Videos and Installations by Matthias Müller, ed. Stefanie Schulte Strathaus. Berlin: Vorwerk 8, 2005. Read online.

"Pedro Maia: Are We Monsters?" Pensar A Imagem: Hugo Olim, Pedro Maia, Solar Gallery, Vila do Conde, 2007. Read online.

"Longing for the Invisible: Notes on Four Movies." Ambulante Festival Catalogue, Jan 2009. Read online.

Untitled essay by Hoolboom in Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer's Moving Images. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2009. Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's writing about his art and films, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Essays and Fiction

Fictional Prose

The Steve Machine: A Novel. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008.  Available at OCADU Library.

 

Other Writing (topics including meditation, Buddhism, friendship)

Documentary. By Michael Hoolboom, 2007.  Read online.

"Light Cone Letter." Michael Hoolboom, 2007.  Read online.

"White Like Me." Michael Hoolboom, 2007.  Read online.

"Marking." Michael Hoolboom, 2008.  Read online.

"London Foreword." Michael Hoolboom, 2008.  Read online.
"A script from an unmade movie."

"Notes on Attention, Projection, Foreplay, and the Second Encounter." Michael Hoolboom, 2010.  Read online.

"White Noise." Michael Hoolboom, 2010.  Read online.

"Downward Dogs and Trojan Horses." Michael Hoolboom, Dec 2010.  Read online.

Preceptions. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Centre of Gravity, 2011.
Hoolboom is editor and also writes short piece "Honesty" (p.75-77). A collection of materials from Centre of Gravity's course on Buddhist precepts

"The Lotus Sutra." Michael Hoolboom, Mar 2011.  Read online.

Introduction to Awake in the World by Michael Stone at book launch Michael Hoolboom, Shambhala Centre, June 9, 2011.  Read online.

"Music of Silence." Michael Hoolboom, Yoga Festival, Aug 2011.  Read online.

"Sandokai (Notes on a five day retreat at Centre of Gravity, 180 Sudbury Street, Toronto, September 25-29, 2011)."  Michael Hoolboom, Sep 2011.   Read online.

"Occupy Friendship." Michael Hoolboom, Nov 2011.  Read online.

"100 Years of Experts: Baboons, Ice, Prisoners." Michael Hoolboom, Nov 2011.  Read online.

"Striking a Pose." Michael Hoolboom, Mar 2012.  Read online.

"Leaving Home." Michael Hoolboom, Apr 2012.  Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's fiction and essays, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Curatorial Work

The Loved Ones: A Film Program. Toronto: The Funnel, 1985. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Funnel, Oct. 11-19, 1985.
Written by Michael Hoolboom. Read online.

The Room is a Camera. Toronto: The Funnel, 1987. Read online.

New Waves in Cinema. Toronto: Rivoli, 1987. Read online.

Richard Kerr, LIFT Screening. Toronto: 1989.  Read online.

Wet, Wild and Alone. Ontario Tour, 1989.  Read online.

Cinema of Death. Ontario Tour, 1989.  Read online.

The Adoptees. Regina, 1989.  Read online.

Canadian Avant Garde Benefit Series. Toronto: The Funnel, 1989.  Read online.

Pleasure Dome Screening Programs, 1989-1990.

Cinematheque Carte Blanche. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1993.   Read online.

Archaeologies of Gender: Experimenta. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1993.  Read online.

The Agony of Arousal: The Films of Mike Hoolboom. Edmonton, 1994.  Read online.

They Are Lost to Vision Altogether. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 1996.  Read online.

The Family: They Fuck You Up. Toronto: Images Festival, 1996.  Read online.

Inside the Pleasure Dome. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 1997.  Read online.

Life Swarms with Innocent Monsters. Toronto: Splice This Festival, 1999 and Vancouver: Blinding Light, 1999.  Read online.

Images Festival. Toronto: Images Festival, 2000.  Read online.

Jury Notes: Awards at the Vila do Festival 2003. Portugal: Vila do Conde, 2003.

Death Sexy. Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2005. Read online.

Lost in Space. Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2006. Read online.

Are You Clean? International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2006.  Read online.

Colin Campbell Forever. London: London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2006.  Read online.

Impossible Home. Jihlava Documentary Festiva, 2007.  Read online.

Wired Empire: The Festival. Winnepeg Cinematheque, 2007.  Read online.

Tiger Awards. Tiger Short Film Awards, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008.  Read online.

Practical Dreamers Launch. Winnepeg Cinematheque, 2009.  Read online.

Both Sides Now. Winnepeg Cinematheque, 2009.  Read online.

Fear of Flying: Beauty and Power. Sackville, NB: Campbell Carriage Factory Museum, 2010.  Read online.

Frank Cole Retrospective. International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2010.  Read online.

Projections of Beauty: Made in Canada. Winnepeg Cinematheque, 2011.  Read online.

Songs of Experience. Saskatoon: Mendel Gallery, 2011.  Read online.

Portraits. Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2012.  Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's writing, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Editorial Work

Hoolboom created and was Editor for Independent Eye Magazine for 5 issues
10.1 (Fall 1988), 10.2 (Winter 1989), 10.3 (Summer 1989), 11.1 (Fall 1989), 11.2/3 (Spring 1990)
Read all scanned issues online from Hoolboom's website 

Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Toronto: Pages Books, 1996; Toronto: Coach House Books, 2nd ed., 2001.
Read Hoolboom's essay online.

Like a Dream that Vanishes: The Films of Barbara Sternberg. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2000.
Hoolboom provides preface & text of 2 interviews "Transitions: Sternberg in the 80s: an interview" and "Pecking: Sternberg in the 90s: an interview"

Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman. Eds. Karyn Sandlos & Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Images Festival of Independent Film & Video: Insomniac Press, 2001.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes "Pictures of Home: Hoffman in the 80s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom" and "Duets: Hoffman in the 90s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom."

The 100 Videos: A Steve Reinke Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2002.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Steve Reinke" regarding Reinke's first movie, The 100 Videos. Read online.

Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes: A Deirdre Logue Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2006.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Why Not Always." Read online

Enlightened Nonsense: A Deirdre Logue Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2006.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Deirdre Logue's Enlightened Nonsense" and interview "Transformer Toy: an interview with Deirdre Logue." Read online.

Amerikan Movies.  Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Published on the internet, Nov 2008.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Notes on 4 Movies by Dani Leventhal." Read online.

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008. Read online.

Life Without Death: The Cinema of Frank Cole. Eds. Mike Hoolboom & Tom McSorley. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute/Institut canadien du film, 2009.
Includes Hoolboom's writings regarding Frank Cole. Available at OCADU Library.

Mike Cartmell - Writings. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009. Read online.

Dani Leventhal: My Animal Life. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes introduction and "Notes While Looking Again" essay. Read online.

Al Razutis - Iconoclast. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009.
Writings by Hoolboom include "Under the Sign of the Beast: An interview by Davidy Bryant and Mike Hoolboom"; "The Films of Al Razutis"; "Three Decades of Rage: An interview by Mike Hoolboom." Read online.

Preceptions. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Centre of Gravity, 2011.
Hoolboom is editor and also writes short piece "Honesty" (p.75-77). A collection of materials from Centre of Gravity's course on Buddhist precepts. Read online.

The Beauty is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2012.
A collection of stills, scripts, creative writings, critical essays that discuss the importance of Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby. It includes essay and interview by Hoolboom. Read from OCADU Library or online from Michael Hoolboom.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's writing, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Interviews

"Except as Monsters: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Francis Crant (Vancouver 1992)."  Read online.

"What He Said: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Dirk de Bruyn (Vancouver, 1993)."  Read online.

Interviews with Hoolboom about House of Pain:  "House of Pain Interview" (Berlin 1995), and "House of Pain: An Interview with Noam Gonnick" (1995). Read online.

Interviews with Hoolboom about Panic Bodies (1998).   Read online.

"Mike Hoolboom Interview" by Cameron Bailey Lux: A Decade of Artists' Films and Video. Eds. Steve Reinke and Tom Taylor. Pleasure Dome & YYZ Books, 2000.  Available at OCADU Library.

"Copyright and Biography: An interview about Tom." June 2002.  Read online.

"Imitations of Life: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Tibor and Noémi" 2003.  Read online.

Interviews with Hoolboom about Public Lighting. Read all interviews online.

  •  "Public Lighting: An Interview" (Sept. 2004)
  •  "Animals That Make Pictures: An Interview about Public Lighting by Tomá Tetiva and Petra Veselá" (October 2004)
  •  "Tragedy, Power and Possibility: Always on the Chase for Pictures of My Own: An Interview by Jindriska Blahova" (October 2004)

Interviews with Hoolboom about The Invisible Man: "You are Not Yourself: An Interview about The Invisible Man" and   "Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Bob and Marina Black."  Read online.

"My Body is a Picture: Colin Geary Interview." 2006.  Read online.

Interviews with Hoolboom about Fascination. Read all interviews online.

  • "Too Late: An Interview with Tom McSorley" (May 2007)
  • "An Interview with Eduardo Thomas for the Ambulante Festival December 2006"
  • "Mike Hoolboom/Mieka Bal Talk Moderated by Lisa Steele" (Images Festival, April 2006)

"Action Figure Re-Mix: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Nadia Tan and Olga Barsky."  Jan 2007.  Read online.

Interviews about The Steve Machine. Read online.

  • "Coach House Books asks Mike Hoolboom A Few Things About The Steve Machine
  • "Good Candy: An Interview with Jason Anderson (December 2008)."

"Showing Pictures: A Conversation with Yann Beauvais and Mike Hoolboom." Michael Hoolboom, 2008.  Read online.

"Borrowed Time and Stealing Pictures: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Owen Sheppard." 2008. Read online.

"Well Known Secrets: An Interview by Arshad Khan." 2009.  Read online.

interviews with Hoolboom about his film Mark

  • "Intelligent Wounds: An Interview with Abina Manning" (November 2009) 
  • "The Fiction I Name as Myself by Jason Whyte" (January 2010) 
  • "The World is Disappearing: An Interview with Adam Nayman" (March 2010) 
  • "Animal Voices: An Interview with Jason Boughton" (April 2010)
  • "The Pleasures of Waiting: Jean Perret and Mike Hoolboom in Jihlava" (October 2009) 

5 video interviews with Hoolboom from Visible City Project + Archive.

  • "On Writing and Toronto"
  • "The Approach Towards Filmmaking"
  • "Film Collectives and the Image"
  • "Globalization, Transnationalism and Mexico"
  • "Memory and Found Footage"

Everybody Loves Nothing: Video 1996-2004. By Steve Reinke. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2004.
Hoolboom is interviewed regarding Reinke and provides overread of Reinke's career, artistic themes, and ambitions

"Showing Pictures: A Conversation with Yann Beauvais and Mike Hoolboom." Michael Hoolboom, 2008. Read online.

"Ethics of Light: An Interview by Amanda Dawn Christie." 2010.  Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's interviews, please visit his website.

Michael Hoolboom: Interviews by Michael Hoolboom

"Listening: an interview with Valerie Tereszko." 1990. Read online.

"Sex, Madness and the Church: An interview with Steve Sanguedolce." LIFT Newsletter 4.2 (Apr 1990). Read online.

"Take Courage: An Interview with Maija-Lene Rettig."  Michael Hoolboom, 1990. Read online.

"You Destroy Everything: An Interview with Jurgen Reble and Christiane Heuwinkel." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"Fascism and the Fantastic: An Interview with Stephan Sachs." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"We are all Monsters: An Interview with Birgit Hein." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"Strange Developments in Ecstacy: An Interview with Jochen Lempert from Schmelzdahin." originally published in Independent Eye Magainze 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"I’m Not Against Pornography: An Interview with Claudia Schillinger." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"That's Enough: An Interview with Klaus Telscher." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"I Was Tired of the Super-8 Ghetto: An Interview with Steff Ulbrich." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine/Germany: Over the Wall (Spring 1990). Read online.

"Death, Obsession, and Cinema: An Interview with Michael Brynntrup." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"Guns, Girls and Guerillas: An Interview with Penelope Buitenhuis." originally published in Independent Eye Magazine 11.2/3 (Spring 1990). Read online.

"Patricia Gruben: Sifted Evidence (An Interview)." Michael Hoolboom, 1994. Read online.

Tales of the Bizarre and Unexplained: Fringe Film in Canada. Toronto: Pages Books, 1996.
This book collects Hoolboom's interviews with 15 filmmakers on art, love, and life on the fringe

"Introduction: How German Is it?"  Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 1.

"Amateur Trash Films: An Interview with Torsten Alisch." originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 49-52. Read online.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The FBI (Freie Berliner Ischen): Ramona Welsh, Pamela Homann and Dagie Brundert." originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997): 7-11. Read online.

"Outsider's Overture: James Carman on James Carman." originally published in Millennium Film Journal 30/31 (Fall 1997). Read online.

Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Toronto: Pages Books, 1996; Toronto: Coach House Books, 2nd ed., 2001. Read online.
Interviews with 16 Canadian filmmakers.

Like a Dream that Vanishes: The Films of Barbara Sternberg. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2000. Read online.
Hoolboom provides preface & text of 2 interviews "Transitions: Sternberg in the 80s: an interview" and "Pecking: Sternberg in the 90s: an interview"

Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman. Eds. Karyn Sandlos & Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Images Festival of Independent Film & Video: Insomniac Press, 2001. Read online.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes "Pictures of Home: Hoffman in the 80s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom" and "Duets: Hoffman in the 90s, an interview by Mike Hoolboom"

"Frans Zwartjes." originally published in mm(2): Experimental Film in the Netherlands Since 1960, (Filmbank/Uitgeverij de Balie, 2004). Read online.

Enlightened Nonsense: A Deirdre Logue Monograph. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2006. Read online.
Hoolboom is editor and contributes essay "Deirdre Logue's Enlightened Nonsense" and interview "Transformer Toy: an interview with Deirdre Logue"

Touching Pictures: An Conversation with Jean Perret by Mike Hoolboom  Michael Hoolboom. 2007. Read online.

"Sad Disco Master: An Interview with Steve Reinke." Michael Hoolboom, 2007. Read online from Hoolboom's website.

"Letters From Seoul." Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen, ed. Elaine Chang (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2007): 210-23.
Essay by Hoolboom and Helen Lee included in the book, Reel Asian. Available online and in print from OCADU Library.

"Frequencies: An Interview with Jason Boughton." originally published in Millennium Film Journal 50 (Fall 2008): 3-11. Read online.

"Long Live Experimental Everything: An Interview with Julie Murray." originally published in Millennium Film Journal 50 (Fall 2008): 22-34. Read online.

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008. Available online and in print from OCADU Library.

"What Is Felt Cannot Be Forgotten: An Interview with Deborah Stratman." originally published in Amerikan Movies (2008) and as "The Art of Looking: An interview with Deborah Stratman" in Millennium Film Journal 50 (Fall/Winter 2008): 12-20. Read online.

Al Razutis - Iconoclast. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. 2009. Read online.
Writings by Hoolboom "Under the Sign of the Beast: An interview by Davidy Bryant and Mike Hoolboom"; "The Films of Al Razutis"; "Three Decades of Rage: An interview by Mike Hoolboom"

"Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby." Michael Hoolboom, 2010. Read online.

"Between Haircuts by Children and The Best Sex I Ever Had: An Interview with Darren O’Donnell." originally published in Blast Counterblast by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms, Toronto: Mercer Union, 2011. Read online.

The Beauty is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby. Ed. Michael Hoolboom. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2012. Read online or from OCADU Library.
Includes an essay and interview by Hoolboom.

"Film, Video, Chickens: An Interview with John Price." Michael Hoolboom, 2012. Read online.

"Exile: An Interview with Martha Colburn." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Reality and Motive in the Documentary: An Interview with Donigan Cumming." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"An Interview with Robert Todd." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Anti-Sleekness Was Always My Weakness: An Interview with Nadia Sistonen." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"From Lebanon to Kelowna: An Interview with Jayce Salloum." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"Sky Gilbert: Criticism, Vomit, Sex and Greatness: An Interview with Hillar Liitoja." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

"An Interview with Nelson Henricks." Michael Hoolboom, n.d. Read online.

For a full list of Michael Hoolboom's interviews, please visit his website.