GAMA - March 2017

March 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2017


Arts Commons Presents:

$100 Film Festival Visiting Artist – Philip Hoffman


“Philip Hoffman has long been recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary filmmaker. For over thirty-five years he has been straining history through personal fictions, using the material of his life to deconstruct the Griersonian legacy of documentary practice.” — Karyn Sandlos

CALGARY –Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) 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.”


The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) remains the only permanent exhibition space for short films, animation, and video created by Alberta media artists.  


Arts Commons Presents: Gallery of Alberta Media Arts

Titles:               $100 Film Festival Visiting Artist – Philip Hoffman

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

Date:                March 1 - 31, 2017


Please see attached for artist biographies.




For media inquiries or more information contact:

Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager




Artist Biography

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

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