‘The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers.’ – Man Ray
Welcome to the world of fringe movies. Here, artists have been busy putting queer shoulders to the wheels, or bending light to talk about First Nations rights (and making it funny, to boot), or demonstrating how a personality can be taken apart and put back together, 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 conversations are personal, up close and jargon free, smart without smarting.
Mike Hoolboom talks footage recycling with Alessa Cohene (Supposed To) and Jubal Brown (Life Is Pornography); investigates the documentaries of Donigan Cumming (My Dinner With Weegee); looks at the Middle East with Jayce Salloum (This Is Not Beirut); discusses identity with queer Asian avatars Richard Fung (Dirty Laundry), Midi Onodera (The Displaced View) and Ho Tam (The Yellow Pages), and First Nations vets Kent Monkman (Blood River) and Shelley Niro (Honey Moccasin); and addresses the visions of Peter Mettler (Gambling, Gods and LSD).
Check out some of the artists' work at www.fringeonline.ca.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Daniel Cockburn - Smartbomb
Helen Lee - Priceless
Deirdre Logue - Beyond the Usual Limits
Kent Monkman - Miss Chief
Nelson Henricks - Ironic Nostalgia
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby - I Am a Conjuror
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay - The Singer
Shelley Niro - The Red Army Is the Strongest
Peter Mettler - Gambling, Gods and LSD
Donigan Cumming - Reality and Motive in the Documentary
Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof - Memos of Resistance
Midi Onodera - Camera Obscura for Dreams
John Price - Home Is a Movie
Daniel Barrow - After Charlie Brown and Liberace
Wayne Yung - My Heart the Travel Agent
Jayce Salloum - From Lebanon to Kelowna
Jeff Erbach - Soft Like Me
Su Rynard - After Science
Monique Moumblow - Doubling
Steve Reinke - My Rectum Is Not a Grave
Aleesa Cohene - Twice-Told Tales
Ho Tam - Season of the Boys
Christina Battle - Colour Processing
Alex MacKenzie - Blinding Light
Jubal Brown - Life Is Pornography
Paulette Phillips - Monster
Richard Fung - Thinking Pictures