27 Thoughts About My Dad
(Canada 2019, 23:35 minutes)
In a series of 27 vignettes, the artist offers up memories of his father, who died in June 2017. Using a mix of family footage, home movies, snapshots and found footage, he creates a portrait of an exceedingly clever, yet ghostly father figure who was haunted by the Second World War. As a child his father moved from the colonial Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) to the Netherlands. Shortly after his arrival, the Germans invaded the Netherlands. The Dutch government hen declared war on Germany, and the Germans sent his father to a concentration camp. After the Second World War the family moved to Canada. This political history intertwining dreams and personal experience may at first seem loose and associative, but first impressions can be deceiving.
Mike Hoolboom― Artist
Mike HOOLBOOM (1959, Canada) began as a filmmaker with his father's Super-8 camera at a young age. He explored many experimental film strategies and eventually established his name with the short film White Museum (1986). Hoolboom worked as artistic director of the Images Festival and experimental film coordinator at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. His 2015 short movie Scrapbook won Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2017, he received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.