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MIKE HOOLBOOM, ed. - Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists

What if there were movies made the same way as suits, custom fitted, each one tailored for one person? Some of the brightest stars from Toronto's fringe film and video scene—including Midi Onodera, Jubal Brown, Su Rynard and Richard Fung—will show dazzling and mysterious short films, and then discuss the genesis of their projects with Mike Hoolboom, editor of the collection, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists. — A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Coach House Books, Images Festival and EYE WEEKLY.


Read Mike Hoolboom's orginal personal essay about editor Mark Karbusicky.

Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
Tues, May 13; 8pm (doors 7:30pm) free


"The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers."
– Man Ray


PRACTICAL DREAMERS: CONVERSATIONS WITH MOVIE ARTISTS offers a highly readable, comprehensive guide to the world of fringe movies edited by celebrated author and movie artist Mike Hoolboom. What is a “fringe movie”? Hoolboom’s anthology, Practical Dreamers, shows us that it is a meme where artists have been busy putting queer shoulders to the wheels, bending light to talk about First Nations rights or demonstrating how a personality can be dismantled and re-constructed, all during a ten-minute movie which might take years to make. In Practical Dreamers, twenty-seven artists dish about how they get it done and why it matters. The stellar cast includes visionary Peter Mettler; Middle East specialist Jayce Salloum; queer Asian avatars Richard Fung, Midi Onodera, Ho Tam and Wayne Yung; footage recyclers Aleesa Cohene and Jubal Brown; acclaimed overhead projector king Daniel Barrow; First Nations vets Kent Monkman and Shelley Niro; international art presence Paulette Phillips; respected documentarian Donigan Cumming; and Steve Reinke. These wide-ranging conversations are collected in an oversize volume, illustrated with stills from the artists’ work.

is a celebrated author and film and video artist. He is the author of two books: Plague Years and Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Hoolboom is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film coordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. The winner of more than thirty international prizes, Hoolboom has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou and major festivals around the world. He has enjoyed nine retrospectives of his work, most recently in Buenos Aires.


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