PHILIP HOFFMAN SCREENING
Philip Hoffman will be screening his New SURPRISE Film, along with workshop ‘Process Cinema’ Films from Escuela Internacional De Cine Y Television in Cuba.
Also showing Filmpool Film Retreat 16mm works.
WHEN: 8pm Sun Dec 2nd, 2012.
WHERE: The Filmpool (301-1822 Scarth St, Regina SK)
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Philip Hoffman’s filmmaking began with his boyhood interest in photography. As semi-official historian of family life, Hoffman became intrigued by questions of reality in photography and later in cinema. After completing his formal education which includes a Diploma in Media Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Hoffman began working on his films, as well as teaching film, electronic and computer-based media. He is currently a faculty member in the Film and Video Department at York University.
Since the mid-80’s, Hoffman has been giving workshops in film co-operatives and schools throughout Canada and abroad. He has been a Visiting Professor of Film at University of Helsinki and University of South Florida in Tampa. Hoffman also teaches a summer workshop, Film Farm Retreat, to support hand-made short films. Participants learn to process their own film, and develop a short project. Films made at the workshop have received several awards, and workshop programs have been screened in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Regina, Toronto and Helsinki.
A filmmaker of memory and association, Hoffman creates highly ‘personal’ yet universal works, which weave fiction and documentary in an experimental ‘diarist’ cinema. He has screened his work in England, Holland, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and the USA. In 1987, ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) received a Genie Nomination (in the Documentary Category), and First Prize in the Experimental Film Category at the Athens International Film Festival. In 1991, the Sydney International Film Festival in Australia honored Hoffman with a retrospective of his work. In 1994, Technilogic Ordering received jury citations at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chimera (1996) won a 1st Prize at Athens Film Festival, and Destroying Angel (1998) has won three awards at festivals in the USA. Kokoro is for Heart (1999) is Hoffman’s 15th film.
In 2001 Hoffman was featured at the Images Festival for Independent Film and Video. What these ashes wanted (2001) premiered at the festival and received the Telefilm Canada Award. As well, at the festival a book about his work was launched: Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman contains over twenty-five essays/writings by academics and artists. He has also received a 2002 Golden Gate Award, New Visions, from the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as the Gus Van Sant Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival for What these ashes wanted.