Critical Writing Index

Hot Docs programmers find non-fiction gems beyond perimeters

by Adam Nayman

POV, Summer 2010, no. 78, pp. 11-13

Adam Nayman writes a review focusing on two experimental films showcased in the 2010 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Mark by Mike Hoolbloom, and Yuval Sagiv's debut feature How I Filmed the War. In Mark, Hoolboom creates an autobiographical documentary on the subject of longtime friend, passionate animal-rights activist, political vegan, punk maestro, and life partner of transexual performance artist Mirha-Soleil Ross: Mark Karbusicky, who killed himself in 2005 at the age of 37. The embrace of the poetic is apparent as Hoolboom intricately arranges out of home movies, interviews, found footage, re-enactments and snippets of Hollywood blockbusters. The strategy of re-appropriation also resonates in Sagiv's, How I Filmed the War, which deconstructs combat footage shot by early 20th-century British photographer Geoffrey Mallins that was edited into a silent film called The Battle of the Somme (1916). Sagiv's year's worth of research concludes that the story behind its production was more complex than the reportage of the day indicated and puts these discrepancies front and centre directly onto the screen.

ITEM 2010.034 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

BlueDerek Jarman

White MuseumMike Hoolboom

MarkMike Hoolboom

TomMike Hoolboom

Imitations of LifeMike Hoolboom

Public LightingMike Hoolboom

How I Filmed the WarYugal Sagiv