Arts Commons Presents
$100 Film Festival Visiting Artist
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
- +15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
- West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
- Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates: March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #8 in the theme of Contemporary Craft on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, April 24 from 6pm - 9pm
Arts Commons Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) is proud to partner with the $100 Film Festival and dedicate a month to screening a retrospective on the works of Canadian filmmaker Philip Hoffman. The films run continuously day-and-night on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.
Over nearly four decades, Hoffman has made autobiographical works that synthesize hand-developed photographic film with digital processes of image transformation and montage, including the Cagean aleatory procedures used in Opening Series, to new installations like Slaughterhouse (embedded in an historic slaughterhouse) through to his latest work, Racing Home (2015), an online interactive film.
“I have attempted to integrate and transform the rich terrain of analog processes into the digital realm,” says Hoffman. “My film work combines the documentary aesthetics pioneered by the National Film Board of Canada’s ‘decisive moments’ and small gestures with innovative forms of cinematic experimentation, influenced by such Canadian artists as Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Rick Hancox, Barbara Sternberg and Jack Chambers.”
Philip Hoffman has been honored with more than a dozen retrospectives of his work. In 2001 the publication Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman, was released comprising some 25 essays. He has received numerous awards including the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award and the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Gus Van Sant Award. In 2016 he received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Hoffman currently teaches at York University, and since 1994, has been the Artistic Director of the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm).
About the $100 Film Festival
Celebrating its 25th year, the $100 Film Festival is the longest running film festival in Calgary, and one of only a few festivals worldwide that showcases exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film. Over three days, the $100FF programs over 30 short films, holds talks and workshops about analogue filmmaking, and partners with local galleries and organizations to present offsite programs and film/music collaborations. For more information about this year’s festival, and about Philip Hoffman’s retrospective, talk, and workshop, visit 100dollarfilmfestival.org