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Letters from Home

Year: 1996
Language: English
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 15 min
Director: Mike Hoolboom
Producer: Mike Hoolboom
Writer: Mike Hoolboom, Vito Russo
Cinematographer: Mike Hoolboom, Steve Sanguedolce
Editor: Mike Hoolboom
Music: Earl Pesch
Cast: Callum Rennie

Utilizing a variety of formal approaches – including found footage, hand processed images, home movies and pixilated phantasms – this series of mini-portraits by acclaimed experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom interweaves a speech by the late queer activist Vitto Russo with a dialogue of Hoolboom’s own to create an innovative activist/poetic position on issues related to AIDS, love and death. Letters from Home was named Best Canadian Short Film at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival® and won two prizes at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

By: Andrew McIntosh

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