Chimera

Director: Philip Hoffman

Friday Mar 24th

  • 16mm
  • Toronto
  • 1996
  • 15min

Visiting Artist Retrospective film

Chimera is a patchwork picture of several places, peoples and spaces. The splayed visual ‘documents’ inner fluctuations and explosive exteriors during the time of terrific change. ‘Chimera’ is ‘a multi-headed beast,’ ‘a fish of remarkable appearance,’ ‘illusion.’ Chimera is a collective chant.

“Philip Hoffman is one of the few contemporary filmmakers whose work provides a bridge to the classical themes of death, diaspora, memory, and finally, transcendence.” (Martha Rosler)

He has been honored with more than a dozen retrospectives of his work. In 2001 the publication Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman, was released comprising some 25 essays. He has received numerous awards including the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award and the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Gus Van Sant Award. In 2016 he received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Hoffman currently teaches at York University, and since 1994, has been the Artistic Director of the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm).