Mike Hoolboom is one of Canada’s most prolific filmmakers. Since 1980, he has made over 100 films and videos, working with a variety of lengths and formats. For Kurzfilmtage, he compiled a retrospective of his most prominent works. Ventriloquisms explores the process of using images and voices of others to project thoughts, incorporating them into bodies and discourses. Supernatural Powers is a compilation of shorts invoking voices and images from beyond, reminding us of their immediacy and never lost pertinence.
Ventriloquisms: shorts by Mike Hoolboom 1
Rain 5 minutes 2003
“A slow motion reverie that voices the hopes and regrets of adults who have grown into the pictures which awaited them as children.” Esma Moukhtar, Montevideo Catalogue
Ghost 3 minutes 2017
How to keep from becoming a ghost in the old streets of the Czech Republic, at once too strange and familiar?
I Saw Him There 4:21 minutes 2018
Queering the haj. A man recollects a moment (was it any longer than that?) in the aptly named city of Mecca. A conversation ensues in the crowd. The touch of language. Framing shots by luminous shooter Taravat Khalili. Commissioned by LIFT for the Jacques Madvo project.
Frank’s Cock 8 minutes 1993
“The overwhelming losses brought about by the AIDS crisis have, in recent years, stimulated a body of artwork of extraordinary passion and urgency. In Frank’s Cock, Mike Hoolboom, one of Canada’s most prolific experimental filmmakers, uses multiple screens as a backdrop to a man, facing the camera, telling the story of a relationship severed by AIDS.” Karen Tisch
Citizen Poet 6 minutes 2017
Based on Lisa Robertson’s The Nilling, the movie offers poetry as antidote to the exclusions of state and identity.
After the American Election 3:15 minutes 2018
Based on dreams (waking and non-waking) by pals and acquaintances of noted American writer Lucy Corin, the night after the epochal US election of 2016. A bevy of speakers weigh in on the new world.
The Bed and the Street (with Heather Frise) 4.5 minutes 2018
A love story set in the global anti-austerity demonstrations. As citizens take back their streets, two women meet and fall in love. What geometry of desire will help overthrow the state? What micro-politics of sharing and communality will provide fuel for demonstrations that will remove and replace the neo-liberal consensus? Cast in a palimpsest of images and sounds, as if there were no way to separate inside and out, the street and the bedroom.
Moucle’s Island 12 minutes 1998
“Poignant and playful, Moucle’s Island features Viennese filmmaker Moucle Blackout in a reverie which combines an older woman relearning childhood gestures with a nostalgic lesbian idyll.” Ken Anderlini
Amy 18 minutes 2004
Amy portrays a woman recounting her childhood in which she has been photographed by the same man over and over—she can only look at herself the way he looked at her then, and the way we are looking at her now.” Esma Moukhtar, Montevideo Catalogue
Supernatural Powers: shorts by Mike Hoolboom 2
Supernatural Power 5 minutes 2018
Set in a Red Cross rehab centre in Vietnam, victims of the American war learn to walk on new prosthetic legs. The mystical faiths of destruction and providing assistance. Made during a Geneva workshop, using the archives of the Red Cross.
3 Dreams of Horses 6:20 minutes 2018
Film is made out of gelatin that comes from horses. They’re waiting to be slaughtered, so that pictures can be made.
Spectator 6 minutes 2017
Is it the oldest dream? Giving birth to my father. Shot on a single starry afternoon.
Tradition 5 minutes 2014
“Tradition plays out the forgetting of the new as the handmaiden of the corporate and materialist tsunami engulfing traditional China.” Dirk de Bruyn
Scrapbook 18 minutes 2015
Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paull, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later.
Buffalo Death Mask 23 minutes 2013
A conversation with Canadian artist Stephen Andrews returns us to a pre-cocktail moment, when being HIV+ afforded us the consolation of certainty.