Canyon Cinema Foundation is pleased to offer for purchase Scott MacDonald’s comprehensive book, published by University of California Press, Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor. Buy it from the Canyon Cinema Foundation store today. Proceeds from the purchase go directly towards supporting Canyon.

Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the development of independent cinema. Drawing from extensive conversations with men and women crucial to Canyon Cinema, from its newsletter Canyon Cinemanews, and from other key sources, MacDonald offers a lively chronicle of the life and times of this influential, idiosyncratic film exhibition and distribution collective. His book features many primary documents that are as engaging and relevant now as they were when originally published, including essays, poetry, experimental writing, and drawings.

“MacDonald’s selections tread a pitch-perfect path between being comprehensive and making an engrossing and illuminating narrative. He has perfected his voice, and controls the entire history of U.S. avant-garde film with an easy and graceful confidence.”
–David E. James, author of The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles

About the Author
Scott MacDonald, Professor of Film History at Hamilton College, is author of the five volumes of the Critical Cinema series (UC Press), of The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place (UC Press), and of several other books on avant-garde film and on institutions that have kept avant-garde film alive. He is currently Visiting Professor of Film History at Hamilton College and at Harvard University.



Canyon Cinema Foundation has partnered with the Millennium Film Journal to help widen exposure and access to the 35th Anniversary print issue. MFJ, one of the oldest continuously published journals of artists’ moving image works. Since its inception in the 1970s, MFJ has documented the multiple transformations of “the cinematic” in the hands of artists. The publication’s sole commitment is to the cinema as an art form rather than a product. Buy the special oversized anniversary issue from the Canyon Cinema Foundation store today.