Staff

Antonella Bonfanti
Director
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Antonella Bonfanti has worked in the moving image archives and preservation field since 2008. Committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America.

Antonella graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Cinema Studies in 2003. For over a decade Antonella worked as a technical manager and projectionist for southern Ontario’s premier independent cinemas and film festivals, including Cinematheque Ontario, Images Festival, Media City and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths program. Through this experience she began to understand film as a material object, a medium with its own distinctive characteristics, and spurred her to pursue a career in film preservation. She received her MA from the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation at the University of Rochester and George Eastman House in 2008.

Specializing in the history and conservation of early safety film stocks, small gauge formats, home movies, and independent artist-made films,  Antonella worked as the Safety-Vault Manager at GEH until 2010 when she moved to San Francisco. She shifted into a position at the Prelinger Archives shepherding a large digitization effort of hundreds of home movies. Since 2014 Antonella has served on the board of directors of the Center for Home Movies, and has co-organized and participated in Home Movie Day events in San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, and Rochester. Antonella is an active member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. She serves on the Film Advocacy Task Force and co-organizes the annual AMIA Archival Screening Night.

Antonella has been with Canyon Cinema since 2013, first as the Collection Manager where she was instrumental in organizing the Canyon Cinema Pop-Up held at the Kadist Arts Foundation, as well as programming for the on-going Canyon Cinema Salon series. She has served as Director since summer of 2015.

Seth Mitter
Collection Manager
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Seth Mitter joined Canyon Cinema in 2015, he has trained both as an audiovisual archivist and filmmaker. Seth holds an MLS specializing in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University. While at I.U. he worked with a collection of more than 80,000 16mm films as an archives assistant for the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. Seth also served as projectionist for the International Federation of Film Archives-member Indiana University Cinema.

Seth’s introduction to American avant-garde and independent cinema began while studying 16mm production with the filmmaking faculty at The New School in New York, where he earned a BA concentrating in cultural studies and media.  He went on to work several years with The Film-Makers’ Cooperative and as an itinerant projectionist in micro-cinema and gallery film exhibition in NYC. Seth has been involved in curating and presenting screenings of small-gauge and experimental films for over 10 years.

A member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and a regular participant in Home Movie Day amateur film preservation events, Seth’s interests include preservation of the work of non-theatrical and artist filmmakers and points of intersection between filmmaking and archival practice.