Canyon Cinema 50 Begins Now!

Posted February 13th, 2017 in Canyon Cinema 50, News / Events

Canyon Cinema 50

Mark your calendars! Canyon Cinema 50 launches this week with the first of many (many!) screenings, performances and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formal incorporation of the Canyon Cinema Co-op.

We’re planning eleven months of programming in the Bay Area with our presenting partners Exploratorium, Pro Arts Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive,  San Francisco Film Society and San Francisco Cinematheque. Seven events have been announced so far, and we’re adding more by the week, so sign up for our newsletter if you don’t want to miss out!


Mark Street Salon

Inside and Out: More or Less of Me presented by Mark Street
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 // 7:00pm
California College of the Arts // Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage
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Please join Canyon Cinema and California College of Arts Film Program for a joint Salon and Cinema Rendezvous Series presentation with New York based  artist Mark Street.

“Over the years I’ve dealt with autobiography directly and glancingly in my films.  At times I’ve inhabited the straight ahead diary film idiom, other times I’ve veiled my presence by abstract imagery and fictionalized scenarios.  I’m inspired by filmmakers whose artistic journey begins with their quotidian life and takes us into uncharted terrain.” – Mark Street


Changing the Shape of Film: An Evening with Barbara Hammer
Thursday, February 16th, 2017 // 7:30pm
Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium // Pier 15, San Francisco
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Join us for an evening of transmuted cinema, where images break through the traditional rectangular screen and emerge as unexpected and amorphous shapes. Working since the late 1960s, Barbara Hammer’s career has been marked by experimentation, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to testing boundaries.

Hammer will present two works of expanded cinema that reconsider exactly where film images belong. With Changing the Shape of Film, a 12-foot weather balloon becomes the screen for Hammer’s own films, forcing the audience to find new perspectives, and seating arrangements. In Available Space, a 16mm projector is mobilized and the architecture of the space becomes the screen. In this work, the viewer is also mobilized and forced into continuous physical motion to view it.