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Artists as Writers: Genre: Writing about Film

Genre: Writing about Film

This section contains artist writing that discusses films, movies, and videos.

Artists on this page:

Hoolboom, Michael

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.

Eldon Garnet: Film Reviews

"El topo: A film by Alexandro Jodorowsky." Impulse Spring (1975). 

"Favourites: Blade Runner." Montage Summer (2003): p. 40. 

Impulse Archaeology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.  Available at OCADU Library.
A book about the magazine Impulse.