Writings on Mike Hoolboom

Receiving a Face – Scrapbook (March 2017)

Film Scratches: Receiving a Face – Scrapbook (2015) Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Scrapbook is a … Continue reading


Kika Nicolela (Toronto, 2017)

Portraits by Kika Nicolela Friday June 2, 7:30 Doors/8 Screening $8/$5 members + students @ CineCycle, 129 Spadina Avenue A maestro of startling documentary reinvention, Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela, part-time community saviour and veteran of internationalist fringe movie showcases, returns … Continue reading

On Artists

Kika Nicolela

Tropic of Kika: an interview with Kika Nicolela (May 2017) Mike: Could you tell me something about your beginnings? Some speak of their work as a kind of calling, as if they were following a voice, while others begin making … Continue reading


Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (April 2017)

My parents understood that television required faith, and in my earliest years they couldn’t summon the necessary conviction. But newly inspired by the space race, they gave in and purchased a TV shortly before Apollo 11 landed two humans on … Continue reading


100 Canadian Movies (April 2017)

David Davidson is another lover of the impossible. He asked me for a list of the best 100 Canadian films. I had to ask him twice. 100? Yes, 100. Let’s watch as another Sunday floats past. I’m going to leave … Continue reading


Images Festival (Toronto, 2017)

For the closing aft of the Images Fest (April 27, 2017) I was asked to represent the Funnel, Toronto’s former experimental film co-op, in a sprawling convo about collectives old and new. That night each collective rep was offered screen … Continue reading

On Artists

Caroline Monnet

This self-taught wonder has logged time in Winnipeg and Montreal, creating work that began as hand-made identity structures, black-and-white lyrics that lent style to her documentary leanings. She is Algonquin and French-Canadian, asymetrical facts that loom large in her making. … Continue reading

On Artists

Lesley Loksi Chan

Lesley Loksi Chan: The Storyteller One of the most important new voices in Canadian narrative cinema, Lesley Loksi Chan was born to make movies. Her genius is that she fully embraces, or so it seems, the place she actually is. … Continue reading


Fifteen (April 2017)

Talk delivered at Winnipeg Art Gallery, April 7, 2017, at the opening of the 2017 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts (GGArts) exhibition. l. So you’re 15 years old and just getting used to the line that divides … Continue reading


Documentary New Wave

Documentary New Wave: The Dirty Dozen proposed for the Winnipeg Cinematheque, September 2016 1. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story (Canada) 90 minutes, 2016 2. Field Niggas by Khalik Allah (US) 60 minutes, 2014 3. Time Out of … Continue reading


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