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Year Two of CMF’s Filmmaker in Residence Program a Great Success

Year Two of CMF’s Filmmaker in Residence Program a Great Success

In May 2018, the Department of Communication, Media and Film proudly extended its Filmmaker in Residence Program for a second year, hosting acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Hoffman. Hoffman has been honoured with more than a dozen retrospectives and numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for career achievement in 2016. This Spring session, he worked with a group of 15 CMF students in a course of his own design called “Process Cinema.” The course mentored students through practical exercises in shooting, hand-processing of movie film, and editing, exploring a creative tradition of alternative filmmaking that is improvisational and interactive. Students responded to the course with special enthusiasm, characterizing the experience as a highlight of their education at the university. Film student Sydney Urschel noted that “working alongside Hoffman provided a unique understanding of the whole process of filmmaking, from the unexposed reel of film to a finished product. This is something that cannot quite be accomplished unless you have an actual filmmaker to learn from.” Likewise, BFS student Zach Green described the class as “a rare opportunity for film students to practice their skills as artists.” Check out this video overview, shot and edited by another student in the course, Hunter Ward:  https://youtu.be/Z9zGnGi17cg

Following an intensive week of film production, the course concluded with a special screening event and celebration. Hoffman offered a brief lecture about the conceptual and methodological premises of process cinema before presenting a diverse selection of new student work. The event also featured a screening of Hoffman’s recent film, Slaughterhouse (Canada, 2014), as well as excerpts from a fascinating work-in-progress, Vulture (2018). Partnering with the Department of Art and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, with creative support from Calgary filmmaker James Reckseidler, and LLC grad student Berenice Cancino, the course was a resounding success.

We look forward to announcing our third Filmmaker in Residence next year!