1987: Rick Hancox and Chris Gallagher

Here is an entertaining local article on experimental film I found recently, entitled Experimental Label Burdens Movie-Makers. It was originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press in April of 1987 by former reporter Paul McKie. The article is about a visit to Winnipeg by two experimental filmmakers, Rick Hancox and Chris Gallagher, and their difference in opinion on being titled “experimental filmmakers”.

Rick Hancox

Hancox studied film and photography at NYU and Ohio University and then taught for years at Sheridan College, the home of the Escarpment School, where he influenced many important Canadian experimental filmmakers from Mike Hoolboom to Philip Hoffman. He is known for his impressive catalogue of first-person, diaristic experimental films. He now teaches in the Communications Department of Concordia University in Montreal. At the time of this article, Hancox was editing one of his films, Moose Jaw (There’s a Future in Our Past) with the help any willing workshop participants from Winnipeg, which undoubtedly would have been a great experience.

At the time the below article was written, Gallagher had just finished Undivided Attention and was screening and analyzing it in a workshop. The film, comprised of found and original footage, is what one may call an experimental take on your classic road movie. Undivided Attention plays with film theory and filmic conventions, but is not a film without entertainment value to boot. Gallagher, also a photographer, has gone on to have film and photography exhibitions around the world, and is now an Associate Professor of film at The University of British Columbia.

In the Free Press article below, it is interesting that Gallagher shows discomfort with the term “experimental” while Hancox embraces it and journalist Paul McKie has some kind of restrained contempt for it.

For more on Hancox, check out this great interview with Hancox by Mike Hoolboom.

For more on Gallagher, check out his film website (aka. Foxglove Films), or his photography website.

For more about the escarpment school, check out this Cineflyer interview by Ryan Simmons with the editor of Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Brett Kashmere.

-Aaron Zeghers

Experimental Label Burdens Movie Makers
by Paul McKie, April 25, 1987
Orginally published in the Winnipeg Free Press

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~ by cineflyer on February 8, 2012.

2 Responses to “1987: Rick Hancox and Chris Gallagher”

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