Mike Hoolboom

2015, 18:00 minutes, B&W, English


Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paul, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later.
“We found
Scrapbook to be incredibly unique, singularly captivating, unlike anything we have seen before. Congratulations to Mike Hoolboom on making such a moving film.” Best Short Film, Edinburgh International Festival Jury
“A reciprocal dialogue both between time, and bridging time, sculpted from re-purposed footage shot as part of a project exploring image and self in 1967, in a residential center for children.” Online Movies
“In the 1960s, Toronto filmmaker named Jeffrey Paull shot footage of children and teenagers in a so-called ‘development center’ in Ohio. It was part of a process whereby the children, experiencing a range of mental disorders, were to learn how to make images. Fifty year later, the internationally renowned Canadian avant-garde filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, re-visits Paull’s work to astonishingly immediate and powerful effect.” Geoff Pevere, Rendezvous with Madness Festival
“A stunning meditation on identity formation and media education within one particular institution, the film asks fundamental questions about how a camera can be like a face: can open; can be a gift, given and received; can be an empathy machine; can be a site of recognition—of others, of ourselves in our own Otherness to ourselves, and of the face of which we are all a part.” Justus Nieland
Scrapbook is a great film – only possible because of these people being in another time and looking to each other and having both these attitudes: paying attention to the camera, facing it, and also ignoring it. Your editing work, in terms of images and sounds, is giving to this book an incredible intensity, in the heart of cinema, it helps us to see, to feel our eyes and bodies in the space of our lives. ‘We are part of the same face’ – how not to be afraid of that – disappearing in someone’s face. ‘I didn’t have a body, that came later…’ So many sentences made out of precious words are given in these fragile and rooted pictures.” Jean Perret

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