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Talking Archives - Episode 2: Filmmaker Philip Hoffman

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Watch the second episode of our online interview series, Talking Archives, which features conversations with artists, archivists, and researchers who are part of the A/CA network.

Our second guest is experimental filmmaker and Associated Professor Philip Hoffman, who was interviewed by Janine Marchessault about his remote film production course, "FA5021: Process Cinema: Activating the Archive."

Philip discusses the challenges of teaching a production course remotely due to COVID-19, what process cinema is, and the value of working with personal archives. In addition to the interview, you can watch a video of Philip's remote workshop and film farm.

A future episode of Talking Archives will feature interviews with Philip's students and excerpts from their films. Stay tuned!  


A film artist of memory and association, Philip Hoffman has long been recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary filmmaker. Notable works include What These Ashes Wanted, All Fall Down, and Slaughterhouse. He currently teaches at York University in Toronto, and since 1994, he has been the artistic director of the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm), a 1-week workshop in artisinal filmmaking which occurs on his farm in southern Ontario every summer. He has also given these 'Process Cinema' workshops in Cuba (EICTV), Spain, Helsinki, London, Halifax, Calgary, and Dawson City. In 2016 Hoffman received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. His new film,Vulture, uses several processing methods including flower/plant hand-processing, and follows grazing farm animals in their minute inter-species exchanges.