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    Canyon Summer Break: July 4-12, 2024

    Canyon Cinema will be closed for a brief summer break beginning Thursday, July 4th. We will re-open for business on Monday, July 15th. In the meantime, please email all booking requests and questions to Please note: New bookings with a screening date between July 4-21 need to be received by Friday, June 28th at […]

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    Now Available: A Roll for Peter

    A Roll for Peter (multiple filmmakers, 2016, 56 minutes, b&w, silent, 16mm, digital file, or DCP) A collective film by: Dominic Angerame, Roddy Bogawa, Cassandra Bull, Jacob Burckhardt, Jesse Cain, David Gatten, Richard Max Gavrich, George Griffin, Eve Heller, Mott Hupfel, Nikolas Jaeger, Amanda Katz & Josh Lewis, Theodore Rex King, Robbie Land, rebecca (marks) leopold, […]

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    Announcing the Lawrence Jordan Digital Collection

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce the acquisition of 43 digital files by founding co-op member Lawrence Jordan. Included within this major new deposit – spanning eight decades of work – are many new digitizations as well as three recently completed films, available in both 16mm and digital formats: Hommage, Fairytale, and Reve d’Or. Canyon’s […]

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    Now Available: Henry Hills’s Social Skills

    Social Skills (2021, 12 minutes, color, sound, digital file) SOCIAL SKILLS is a composition in which a large international group of improvising dancers share a viable vision of a cooperative and imaginative future based on mutual support and spontaneous creation. Here is an environment of touch without threat, closeness without conflict, and individual expression within […]

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    Now Available: Tomonari Nishikawa’s Light, Noise, Smoke, and Light, Noise, Smoke

    Light, Noise, Smoke and Light, Noise, Smoke (2023, 6 min, color, sound, 16mm or digital file) The visual shows the alternation of the shots of fireworks filmed at a summer festival in Japan, producing a distinctive yet organic rhythm, as well as a gap in time between the visual and sound, both of which are […]

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    Now Available: Bruce James Cooper’s World Without End

    World Without End (2023, 8 minutes color, silent, 16mm) “In his World Without End, Bruce Cooper proposes and proves a universe of multiple dimensions, or perhaps parallel universes gently colliding with each other. Abstractions of redolent blue, backwoods landscapes of autumn leaves, Malick-ian fields of wheat, flowing water in many guises, worlds of animal, and […]

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    Now Available: Rajee Samarasinghe’s Lotus-Eyed Girl

    Lotus-Eyed Girl (2023, 6 minutes, color, sound, digital file or DCP) Loosely based on the erotic poem “Caurapañcasika” by Bilhana, which was written in prison upon discovery of the poet’s clandestine affair with Princess Yaminipurnatilaka. The verses were written while awaiting judgment, not knowing if he was to be executed or exiled — his fate […]

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    Now Available: Gloria Chung’s True Places and Ommatidia

    True Places (2022, 6.5 minutes, color, sound, digital file) Places that exist at the border(s) of memory and physical terrain. Ommatidia (2022, 7 minutes, color, sound, digital file) Each compound eye of a large dragonfly is composed of up to 30,000 ommatidia. Each ommatidium collects visual information through photoreceptors, and together the thousands of ommatidia […]

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    Now Available: New Digital Files from Guy Sherwin

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that two landscape films from Guy Sherwin are now available for rent in digital formats: Under the Freeway (1995, 16 minutes, color, sound, 16mm or digital file) Street-life at a busy intersection beneath a freeway in San Francisco. An urban landscape film with an underlying formal structure. Connemara (1980, […]

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    Now Available: New Digital Files and Prints from Jerome Hiler

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that new digital files and 4K DCPs of Jerome Hiler‘s films are now available for rent. Revised 16mm versions of New Shores (1971-87) and In the Stone House (2012) are also now available from Canyon. In addition, from May 9–16, 2024, the Museum of Modern Art in New York […]

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    Canyon Cinema presents Toney W. Merritt: As I Am, May 16 & 18, 2024

    Toney W. Merritt: As I Am Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm & Saturday, May 18, 3:40pmThe Roxie Theater, San Francisco Toney W. Merritt in person!Q&A to follow both screenings Program & Ticket Info: The Bay Area–based independent filmmaker Toney W. Merritt has been creating work for over 50 years. His unique corpus of personal films and […]

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    The Spring Invitational, hosted by 500 Capp Street and Berkeley Art Center, with Canyon Cinema

    May 3, 4 & 5, 2024 500 Capp Street, San Francisco Join us for an extraordinary weekend of creativity and collaboration, hosted by two vibrant organizations in a shared mission of fostering sustainability and planting seeds within our Bay Area arts ecosystem. Together, 500 Capp Street and Berkeley Art Center are presenting a joint fundraiser […]

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    Now Available: 13 New Films from Dominic Angerame

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that 13 new films by Dominic Angerame are now available for rent. This group of films, all completed in 2024, spans many decades of filmmaking and diverse subjects; from a visual study of the beloved San Francisco Art Institute building, to a portrait of the Korean Demilitarized Zone filmed […]

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    Now Available: Eve Heller’s Singing in Oblivion

    Singing in Oblivion (2021, 13 minutes, b&w, sound, 35mm) “A magnificent visual and musical poem, simultaneously timeless and in delicate synchronicity with our devastated present.” — Nicole Brenez “Films that uncompromisingly deal in (and with) death necessarily seem to have fallen out of time, like the dead themselves. Singing in Oblivion takes this idea as its point […]

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    Now Available: Azucena Losana’s Primitiva

    Primitiva (2023, 5 minutes, color, sound, digital file) From the “light bugs” series, this is the portrait of Doña Vivi, maker and alchemist of the original light that is offered to the souls that come to visit every year. This is her home and ceremonial beeswax candle factory, in Teotitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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    Now Available: 18 Digital Files from Janis Crystal Lipzin

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to announce the acquisition of 18 exhibition files from longtime artist member Janis Crystal Lipzin. Spanning six decades of work, this deposit includes recent digital transfers of Lipzin’s 16mm films of the 1970s and 1980s, new digital copies of videos from the 2000s, as well as several born-digital works that are […]

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    Introducing the Print Generations Cohort!

    Inspired by the 16mm Centenary (1923-2023), Print Generations is a new Canyon Cinema commissioning project that will support the production of four new 16mm films by the following cohort of Bay Area filmmakers! Celina Jade de Leon is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from the Bay Area. She embraces feminine irreverence through multimedia depictions of mischievous characters. She has a […]

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    Now Available: 7 New Exhibition Files from John Smith

    Canyon Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of 7 exhibition files from longtime member John Smith. This deposit includes recent digitizations of 16mm experimental film classics such as The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), The Black Tower (1987), and Associations (1975), among others. John Smith was born in Walthamstow, London in 1952. He studied at North-East London Polytechnic and the Royal […]

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    Now Available: Nathaniel Dorsky’s O Death

    O Death (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2023, 5 minutes, color, silent, 16mm, 18fps) In the spirit of the times and my own growing older, a brief tip of the hat… – N.D.

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    Now Available: Craig Baldwin’s Stolen Movie

    Stolen Movie (Craig Baldwin, 1976, 9 minutes, color, sound, digital file) Armed with S8 camera and sound-person (John Corser), Baldwin runs both recording devices continuously through single-take raids on a series of SF Market St. grindhouse theaters. Rushing past box offices and through front lobbies, he captures the chance scenes and sounds on screen at […]

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    New Artist Member: Tommy Becker

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome San Francisco-based artist Tommy Becker to the collection! Tommy Becker attended the San Francisco Art Institute before receiving an MFA in Film/Video/Performance from the California College of Arts. In 2001, he began his work on “Tape Number One,” a never-ending mix tape that acts as a depository for his […]

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    New Artist Member: Jenni Olson

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to welcome Jenni Olson to the collection! Jenni Olson is a queer film historian and archivist, writer, and non-fiction filmmaker based in Berkeley, California. Her two feature-length essay films — The Joy of Life (2005) and The Royal Road (2015) — premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, like her many short films, have screened internationally […]

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    1/26/2024 – Cine-Espacios Book Release and Screening

    Cine-Espacios Book Release and ScreeningFriday, January 26, 2024 @ 7pmArtists’ Television Access, San Francisco Cine-Espacios co-editor Tzutzu Matzin in person from Mexico City! To celebrate the publication of our latest Canyon Cinemazine issue, we are hosting a release party and screening at ATA in San Francisco’s Mission District. Years in the making, the bilingual, 200+ page […]

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Spotlight on Mark Toscano

Process of Elimination
Process of Elimination by Mark Toscano

Process of Elimination

A rite of passage, an emptying out of things, and a process of emotional alchemy.

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