Process Cinema Workshop

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Touring Filmmaking Workshop Series
Process Cinema

Saturday, October 3, 2015
and Sunday, October 4, 2015
355 Clarence St, London, ON
10 am – 6 pm Both Days


LOMAA or LIFT Members/ Students: $65
General: $85
Cost includes chemistry and 16mm film
Enrolment limit: 8
Registration deadline: Thursday, September 24 , 2015 at 5pm

As the instructors will be traveling to London for the workshop, we require pre-registration a minimum of one week in advance. We require five business days cancellation notice for a full refund. Classes with fewer than four people registered will be cancelled.

Process Cinema explores a creative tradition in alternative filmmaking that is improvisational and interactive. Through this process-driven practice, the screenplay as governing document is replaced by a fluid integration of writing, shooting, and editing, not necessarily in that order. This way of working ‘through’ process has a comparative body of work in music through jazz, in art through ‘action painting’, in the performative aspects of the sketchbook, or through ‘spontaneous prose’ in beat poetry.

For over 20 years Philip Hoffman has been teaching process cinema through the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm), a film residency for artists in Mount Forest, Ontario. Bringing the workshop to London, participants will experiment with the medium of film and learn to shoot on 16mm with the Bolex camera and hand process the images to make a short collaborative film. Tinting and toning to create vibrant colors, solarization, and other film manipulation techniques will also be covered. Filmmaker and artist Eva Kolcze will co-facilitate the workshop.

Instructor Bios

A film artist of memory and association, Philip Hoffman has long been recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary and landscape filmmaker. He apprenticed in Europe with Peter Greenaway in 1985 on the set of Zed and Two Noughts and made ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (1985). In 2001, the Images Festival in Toronto launched Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman, comprising some 25 essays by academics and artists. In 2002, he received the Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Gus Van Sant Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival for What these ashes wanted, a diaristic meditation on loss and grief. His research into the history of the land in Southern Ontario began in 2009 with the feature-length experimental documentary, All Fall Down, a reflection on childhood, property, ecology and love. In 2014, Hoffman completed two films Slaughterhouse (based on a 2013 installation in the exhibition “Landslide: Possible Futures” at the Markham Museum in Ontario), and Aged, with both films being awarded at the Black Maria Festival in New Jersey and the Onion City Film Festival in Chicago. He is the artistic director of the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film F

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