Practical Dreamers

ISBN-10: 155245200X
ISBN-13: 9781552452004
276 pp, Paperback
Apr 15 2007
$29.95 CAD
Conversations with Movie Artists
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‘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


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

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