Friends of Canyon Cinema — join our community of experimental film lovers

Posted October 24th, 2018 in News / Events

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Announcing Friends of Canyon Cinema. Join our community of experimental cinema lovers.

We are asking you to join us as a “Friend of Canyon Cinema” to ensure that the community of avant-garde and experimental media artists continues to thrive, receives the enrichment it deserves, and gains in esteem and social impact through Canyon’s dogged distribution, enthusiastic advocacy, and continued promotion of scholarship.

With modest means and lots of heart, Canyon Cinema has for over fifty years served as one of the world’s preeminent sources for avant-garde and experimental media, distributing the works of over 265 artists to an international network of vibrant festivals and historic cinematheques; to an underground teeming with microcinemas, itinerant and one-off showcases, and unsponsored, unpublicized living-room gatherings; to a thousand classrooms filled with enchanted students.

Here is what we believe: independent cinema is artisanal, expressive, and personal. The films in our collection offer an elevated sense of perception; they open up a space for wonder and enlightenment. And this experience in the dark can be lastingly transformative–it can reinvigorate and reinvent us, one viewer at a time.

Over the course of its long history, Canyon has become an essential part of the experimental film community, and an indispensable resource for educators and curators invested in the study and exhibition of this vital art form. We continue to support artists by managing, promoting and distributing their work, programming local and nationwide screenings and exhibitions, and assisting with the preservation, documentation, and celebration of the historic avant-garde of which they form such an essential part. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us today.

Our work’s not done. Canyon is currently pursuing an array of interrelated initiatives aimed at expanding and enhancing our ability to provide meaningful access to artist-made cinema. These include:

  • Overhauling our online catalog into a robust research tool to include new writing, ephemera, historical documents, as well as exclusive streaming content related to our collection;
  • Providing digitization and preservation resources to our filmmakers;
  • Establishing a fellowship program to help expand our growing local and international programming efforts;
  • Supporting ongoing research and study of the films in our collection.

By joining the Friends of Canyon Cinema, you directly support these activities and show your support as part of Canyon’s extended network of film lovers. Canyon has always depended on the generosity and passion of its community—please join us as we look to the future!


Your contribution grants you annual membership in the Friends of Canyon Cinema and includes a choice of rewards. The following rewards are available for 2018-19 memberships:

RADIANT ALLY

  • limited edition enamel pin OR silk screened poster (2018 Projector designed by Nathaniel Russell)
  • subscription to Canyon Cinemazine (published annually; issue 6 expected Summer 2019)
  • 20% discount on Canyon Cinema merchandise and publications (excludes media sales, rentals or licenses)

LUMINOUS ASSOCIATE

  • limited edition enamel pin OR silk screened poster (2018 Projector design by Nathaniel Russell)
  • subscription to Canyon Cinemazine (published annually; issue 6 expected Summer 2019)
  • Canyon Cinemazine #5: Loose Ends
  • 20% discount on Canyon Cinema merchandise and publications (excludes media sales, rentals or licenses)

VIEW-FINDING COMPANION

  • all of the above rewards (pin, poster, subscription, 20% discount, Canyon Cinemazine #5: Loose Ends)

~ PLUS ~

  • choice of one archival pigment photographic print by Stacey Steers or Curt McDowell (limited edition, created for Friends of Canyon Cinema)

~ OR ~

  • full run of the Canyon Cinemazine (issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

BENEVOLENT BENEFACTOR

  • limited edition enamel pin AND silk screened poster (2018 Projector design by Nathaniel Russell)
  • subscription to Canyon Cinemazine (published annually; issue 6 expected Summer 2019)
  • full run of the Canyon Cinemazine (issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  • choice of one limited edition archival pigment print by Stacey Steers or Curt McDowell
  • 20% discount on Canyon Cinema merchandise (excludes media sales, rentals or licenses)

Become a Friend of Canyon Cinema today!

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