Mike Hoolboom

Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian media artist and writer. He was schooled at the Funnel, Toronto's former underground movie palace, and has made more than 100 movies since 1980. Making as practice, a daily application. Ongoing remixology. He is the author/co/editor of more than 30 books. There have been twenty international retrospectives of his work, and he has won more than 90 festival awards. Since 2000 there has been a steady drip of found footage bio docs. The animating question of community: how can I help you? He has received lifetime achievement awards from three European festivals, the City of Toronto Award for Media Art, the Tom Berner lifetime award for community service, the Bell Canada Award for Video Art and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art. Local ecologies. Volunteerism. Opening the door.

Artist Code: 566


Freedom From Everything

2022, 80:00 minutes, English


2022, 64:00 minutes, English

New York State of Mind

2022, 13:40 minutes, English

Feeling States

2022, 08:18 minutes, English

Immune System

2022, 02:20 minutes, English

Chile 1973

2022, 08:10 minutes, English


2022, 14:50 minutes


2022, 10:13 minutes, English


2022, 03:45 minutes, English

We Are Islands

2021, 04:30 minutes, English


2021, 05:30 minutes, English

My Education

2021, 05:00 minutes, English


2021, 24:30 minutes, English


2021, 68:00 minutes, English


2021, 68:00 minutes, English

For The Birds

2021, 04:03 minutes, English

Ice Cream

2021, 08:10 minutes, English

In The Footsteps

2021, 02:00 minutes, English

Model Citizens

2021, 05:00 minutes, English


2021, 07:00 minutes, English


2021, 08:25 minutes, English

The Guy on the Bed

2021, 03:50 minutes, English

23 Thoughts About My Mother

2021, 31:00 minutes, English

Soft Landings for Capitalism

2020, 118:01 minutes, English


2020, 08:00 minutes

Judy versus Capitalism

2020, 62:00 minutes, English

After Victory Day

2020, 08:20 minutes, English

Zen Basketball

2020, 04:50 minutes, English

Wax Museum

2020, 40:00 minutes

Instructions for Robots

2020, 07:30 minutes, English

After Drowning

2020, 21:30 minutes, English

Be Your Dog

2019, 03:00 minutes, English

Father Auditions

2019, 70:00 minutes, English

Credit Card

2019, 06:30 minutes, English

How to Watch Pornography

2019, 19:45 minutes, English

I Touched Her Legs (remix)

2019, 07:30 minutes, English

Soft Body Animal

2019, 10:00 minutes, English


2019, 06:00 minutes, English

Lover Man

2019, 06:39 minutes, English

Leaving Church

2019, 06:30 minutes, English

Language, not territory

2019, 09:00 minutes, English


2019, 06:00 minutes, English

27 Thoughts About My Dad

2019, 26:00 minutes, English

A Boy's Life

2018, 07:50 minutes

Introduction to Alchemy

2018, 02:23 minutes

Visiting Hours

2018, 11:11 minutes, English text, English sampled dialogue

Supernatural Power

2018, 05:00 minutes

Nursing History

2018, 04:00 minutes, English text, sound, no dialogue

I Saw Him There

2018, 04:21 minutes, English text

3 Dreams of Horses

2018, 06:20 minutes

The Bed and the Street

2018, 04:30 minutes

After the American Election

2018, 03:15 minutes, English


2018, 75:00 minutes, English text and narration

From the Archives of the Red Cross

2017, 70:00 minutes, n/a, sound


2017, 06:00 minutes, no dialogue, sound

Citizen Poet

2017, 10:00 minutes, English text

Subway Stops (Installation)

2017, 69:00 minutes, no dialogue, sound


2017, 03:00 minutes, French

Colour My World

2017, 03:00 minutes

In 1974

2017, 07:00 minutes, English


2017, 30:00 minutes

We Make Couples

2016, 57:00 minutes, b&w, English

Incident Reports

2016, 70:00 minutes, English


2015, 18:00 minutes, B&W, English

Safety Picture Collection

2014, 25:00 minutes, English

Second Nature

2014, 35:00 minutes, English

Buffalo Death Mask

2013, 23:00 minutes, English

Lacan Palestine

2012, 70:00 minutes, colour, English


2009, 70:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

In the City

2004, 09:40 minutes, b&w, English


2004, 18:00 minutes, English

Public Lighting

2004, 76:00 minutes


2003, 05:00 minutes, B&W, English

In the Theatre

2003, 06:00 minutes, English

The Invisible Man

2003, 18:00 minutes, Colour, English

In the Dark

2003, 08:00 minutes, colour, english

Imitation of Life (short)

2003, 21:00 minutes, colour, English


2002, 02:00 minutes, colour, English


2002, 53:00 minutes, colour, English


2001, 03:49 minutes, colour, b&w, English


2000, 14:28 minutes, colour, b&w, English


1999, 09:38 minutes, colour, b&w, English

House of Pain

1998, 50:00 minutes

Moucle's Island

1998, 11:08 minutes, b&w, English

In the Future

1998, 03:50 minutes, colour, sound, English text, no dialogue

In My Car

1998, 05:30 minutes, b&w, english subtitles

Stormy Weather

1997, 18:00 minutes, colour, English

Hey Madonna

1997, 09:00 minutes, colour, English


1997, 10:00 minutes, colour, English


1996, 03:07 minutes, sound, no dialogue


1996, 10:50 minutes, colour, English text


1995, 11:55 minutes, b&w, sound, no dialogue


1995, 12:37 minutes, b&w, sound, no dialogue


1993, 11:11 minutes, b&w, sound, no dialogue

Escape In Canada

1993, 09:00 minutes, English


1993, 11:00 minutes, silent

In the Cinema

1992, 01:00 minutes, B&W, English


1992, 35:00 minutes

Modern Times

1991, 04:00 minutes

Sugar Maple Stand

1990, 09:00 minutes

White Museum

1986, 32:00 minutes

The Big Show

1984, 07:00 minutes, silent

Now, Yours

1981, 10:00 minutes

Song for Mixed Choir

1980, 08:00 minutes

Critical Writing

B.H. Yael: Family States
by Mike Hoolboom. Toronto: converSalon, 2021.
by Terence Dick.
Hot Docs programmers find non-fiction gems beyond perimeters
by Adam Nayman. POV, Summer 2010, no. 78.
Mike Hoolboom In Conversation With Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
by Mike Hoolboom. One Hour Empire, Summer 2010, no. 3.
Books: Mike Hoolboom's Practical Dreamers
by Jon Davies. Daily Xtra, Sept. 24, 2008.
Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
by Mike Hoolboom. Coach House Books, 2008.
Ho Tam: Season of the Boys
by Mike Hoolboom. Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, 2008. Coach House Books, 2008.
Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
by Mike Hoolboom. Coach House Books, 2008.
Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
by Mike Hoolboom. Coach House Books, 2008.
In The Blink of An Eye: Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri...
by Stacey Abramson. C Magazine, Summer 2007, no. 94.
Toronto Video: Challenging forms, channelling change: Curated by...
by Marc Glassman. The State of The Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, 2006. Toronto: Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in publication, 2006.
Film and Video: Cain and Abel: Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri...
by Mike Hoolboom. Les Fleurs Du Mal, Sept. 2006, v. 1, no. 2.
Pleasure Dome Brochure: Winter 2006
by Unknown. Pleasure Dome, Winter 2006.
Video Art, A Guided Tour by Catherine Elwes (Books)
by Tom Sherman. Border Crossings, Aug. 2005, v. 24, no. 3.
Daniel Cockburn: Preliminary Notes
by Mike Hoolboom. POV, Winter 2005, no. 60.
Looking back to the Future: Hoolboom consistently life-affirming
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Sept. 11, 2003.
Tranz<->Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennal 2003
by Dara Gellman. Toronto: Vtape, 2003.
Chronicling an extraordinary life: The history of Tom Chomont and NYC
by Rachel Giese. Xtra!, Sept. 5, 2002, no. 466.
A sublime record of a life lived to the fullest
by Jason McBride. The Festival Daily, Sept. 12, 2002.
Fringe Experientiality
by James Missen. Public, 2002, v. 25.
Film and Video: Cain and Abel: or The Slut from the Normandy Coast
by Mike Hoolboom. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Top 20 Toronto Films since 1981
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 25, 2001, v. 21, no. 8.
20 years film: The filmmakers
by Susan King. Now, Oct. 25, 2001, v. 21, no. 8.
Simple Stories: The filmmakers
Argos festival, 2001. Brussel: Argos Festival, 2001.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2001. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001.
Splitting Images
by Gemma Files. EYE WEEKLY, Apr. 13, 2000, v. 9, no. 7.
Interview with Mike Hoolboom
by Cameron Bailey. Lux A Decade of Artists' Film and Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ Books/Pleasure Dome, 2000.
i can see your history in the way you move: at present
by Karyn Sandlos. like a dream that vanishes the films of barbara sternberg, 2000. Toronto: The Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Pleasure Dome, 2000.
a trilogy
by Andre de Palma. like a dream that vanishes the films of barbara sternberg*, 2000. Toronto: The Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Pleasure Dome, 2000.
The Bastard of television
by Mike Hoolboom. POV, Summer 2000, no. 40.
Kika Thorne: Bodies and Desire
by Mike Hoolboom. LUX: A Decade of Artists' Film & Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ books and PleasureDome, 2000.
Mourning Pictures: Bodies and Desire
by Mike Hoolboom. Lux: A Decade of Film and Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ and Pleasure Dome, 2000.
Images of Intermedia: 13th Annual Images Festival of Independeent...
by Laura U. Marks. Afterimage, July 2000, v. 28, no. 1.
by Nina Czegledy. WRO 99, 1999. Wroclaw: WRO 99, 1999.
Convergence Divergence> The Merging Film and Video, 1999. Halifax: The Atlantic Filmmakers' Cooperative, 1999.
Mike Hoolboom: Fringe Filmmaker Flaunts Subconscious in Ode to...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 8, 1998, v. 18, no. 6.
Fringe romps in visual paradise: rebels don't make money, but they...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Jan. 2, 1998.
Hoolboom ranks with Snow, Weiland, Cronenberg: Indie ace's new...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Oct. 9, 1998.
Mike Hoolboom's Letters from Home side steps AIDS clichés
by Bart Testa. POV, Summer 1997, no. 32.
Loving a Disappearing Image
by Laura U. Marks. Cinemas, Fall 1997, v. 8, no. 1-2.
T.O. movie scene boasts inspiring individual effort
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.
Loving a Disappearing Image
by Laura U. Marks. Cinemas: Journal of Film Studies, 1997, v. 8, no. 1-2.
Images Festival a window to the outer limits: Independent spirit...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Apr. 27, 1995.
Outer Limits: The Cinema of Mike Hoolboom: Independent spirit...
by Geoff Pevere. Take One, Summer 1995, no. 9.
T.O. scene follows feature dream to the source
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 5, 1994, v. 13, no. 18.
Bodies and Desire: The Film's of Kika Thorne
by Mike Hoolboom. Cantrills Filmnotes, 1993, no. 71/72.
Screen Gems and Screen Trends: The Festival of Festivals has lots...
by Jeremy Podeswa. Xtra!, Sept. 3, 1993, no. 231.
The Queen is Dead: Introduction to Ann Marie Fleming: The Festival...
by Mike Hoolboom. Millennium Film Journal, 1992, no. 26.
Newfoundland co-op merges folk and personal resources
by Cameron Bailey. Now, June 7, 1990, v. 9, no. 39.
Awareness of image and gender sparked Toronto's top films of 89
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 4, 1990, v. 9, no. 17.