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    Now Available: Greta Snider’s Prayer for the Torture Memos

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Greta Snider‘s Prayer for the Torture Memos, which takes on the mountain of text and verbiage that controls the US policy on legal torture, allowing us to confront the materiality of pages, words, text, and resolve these abstractions into the concrete realm of people, in image and sound. Prayer for […]

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    Announcing the Canyon Cinema Discovered Programs!

    We’re thrilled to finally announce the screening line-ups for our inaugural Canyon Cinema Discovered programs, which will debut this fall in San Francisco and online. Stay tuned for details! Prime Time ReverieCurated by Aaditya AggarwalFrom cosmetic commercials to women-led talk shows to narrative melodrama, television catered to feminized viewers is a formally diverse genre, nudging, socializing, and […]

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    New Artist Member: Rock Ross

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to welcome Rock Ross back to the collection! Rock Ross is an independent filmmaker and musician living and working in San Francisco. After receiving his BFA and MFA in Filmmaking from San Francisco Art Institute, Ross worked as Film Inspector and Shipper for the Canyon Cinema Co-op from 1975 to 1978, Editing […]

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    New Artist Member: John Woodman

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the UK-based artist and filmmaker John Woodman to the collection! John Woodman is an artist working with landscape film/video and photography and studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Art. He worked as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Studies at West Midlands College […]

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    Now Available: Nathaniel Dorsky’s Interval

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Nathaniel Dorsky‘s Interval, one of a number of recent films photographed in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. For more on Dorsky’s work, check out Maximilien Luc Proctor‘s recent conversation with the filmmaker for MUBI’s Notebook: Interval (2021, 12.5 minutes, color, silent, 16mm, 18fps) A bouquet from those final arid […]

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    New Acquisition: Two Films by Brigid McCaffrey

    Now available from Canyon Cinema on 16mm: Two films by Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Brigid McCaffrey, whose work documents environments and people in states of flux. McCaffrey’s films explore extremes of autonomy and coexistence experienced by individuals who have distinct relationships with the land. Often taking shape as nuanced portraits, the films respond to […]

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    Now Available: New Prints and Digitizations of Two Early Films by Naomi Uman!

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to announce that two early films by Naomi Uman are now available in 16mm and digital formats! Both films were restored in 2021 by XFR Collective through the initiative of Walter Forsberg and Andrea Callard and with the assistance of the National Film Preservation Foundation. New prints and digitizations were made […]

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    Janis Crystal Lipzin Receives Guggenheim Fellowship!

    Congratulations to Bay Area filmmaker, educator, and longtime Canyon artist member Janis Crystal Lipzin, who last week was awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship! Hailed as “one of the key American media artists of this era,” Lipzin has been making art in virtually every form of reproducible media for nearly 50 years. Utilizing such diverse media […]

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    Remembering Charles Wright (1946-2021)

    Canyon Cinema remembers the San Francisco filmmaker, photo collage artist, and former Canyon staff member and board member Charles Wright (1946-2021), who passed away last April. From 1975-76, Charles served as a co-programmer of the Canyon Cinematheque with Carmen Vigil. Canyon Cinema continues to distribute three of Charles’s 16mm films: Cable Car Melody (1986, 28 […]

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    New Artist Member: Azucena Losana

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to welcome Azucena Losana to the collection! Azucena Losana (b. Mexico City, 1977) lives and works in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Her work in experimental film, installation, and video has been presented at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, BAFICI, (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periferico, La Coruña, España, Kurzfilmtage […]

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    New Acquisition: Three New Films by Rajee Samarasinghe

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Three new films by Rajee Samarasinghe! Show Me Other Places (2021, 11.5 minutes, color, sound, digital file or DCP) At the center of this film is a Sri Lankan woman accessing other places in digital form, while situated in her own physical reality. Navigating through a multitude of spaces from […]

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    New Digitization: Christopher Harris’s 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark)

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: A new digitization of Christopher Harris’s film, 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark). As Michael Sicinski writes in Cinema Scope Magazine, 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) “display[s] a concern with textures of light as well as the capacity of the human imagination to will celestial entities out of the relatively impoverished materials at hand… a lovely […]

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    Canyon at The Roxie returns on March 26 with Pictures You Can Hold: Films by Greta Snider

    Pictures You Can Hold: Films by Greta Snider Saturday, March 26, 2020, 4pmThe Roxie Theater, San Francisco Greta Snider in person! Canyon at The Roxie returns with a spotlight on acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker and professor Greta Snider. This wide-ranging survey brings together a selection of Snider’s early – now classic – 16mm autoethnographies, found […]

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    Now Available: 14 Digital Files from Alexis Krasilovsky

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce the arrival of 14 exhibition files from the Los Angeles-based filmmaker Alexis Krasilovsky! As head of her own production company – Rafael Film, LLC – Krasilovsky has written, directed, and produced numerous documentaries, video-poems, and art films. Her global documentary feature, Women Behind the Camera (and the shorter version, Shooting Women – both at […]

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    New Artist Member: Abigail He

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Abigail He to the collection! Abigail He’s recent work explores the interchangeable relationships between presence/absence, visibility/invisibility in both the material form and the conceptual representation through various media including film, video, sound, photography, performance, and sculpture. Using mainly recycled footage and color leader, she […]

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    New Artist Member: Al Wong

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to welcome Al Wong back to the collection! Al Wong is a native San Franciscan artist and has spent the past 50+ years making art in a variety of mediums. His career has developed from his early years as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned his Master […]

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    New Artist Member: Nazlı Dinçel

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to welcome Nazlı Dinçel to the collection! In addition, we’re pleased to announce that brand new 16mm prints of 10 of Nazlı’s films are now available from Canyon, along with digital files of all 10 titles. Nazlı Dinçel (Turkey / USA) is a first-generation immigrant born in Ankara, Turkey. They studied […]

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    New Artist Member: Federica Foglia

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the transnational visual artist and writer Federica Foglia to the collection! Federica Foglia is interested in issues of migration, citizenship and identity, displacement, women of the diaspora, migrant temporalities, and finding a visual language to investigate these experiences. Her practice revolves around recycled cinema, amateur filmmaking, imaginary archives. Foglia […]

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    Remembering John Carlson (1951-2021)

    Canyon Cinema and the Bay Area Film Community mourn the passing of John Carlson, former Vice President of Monaco Lab, and teacher of cinematography, lighting, and experimental film at City College of San Francisco and Academy of Art University.  Through his hands-on lab work with countless Bay Area filmmakers and decades of teaching, John’s memory lives […]

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    New Artist Member: Taiki Sakpisit

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the Bangkok-based filmmaker and visual artist Taiki Sakpisit to the collection! A graduate of San Francisco State’s Cinema program, Taiki’s works explore the underlying tensions and conflicts, and the sense of anticipation in contemporary Thailand, through precise and sensorially overwhelming audio-visual assemblage using a wide range of sounds and […]

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    Now Available in Digital Format: 13 Films by Curt McDowell

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce the addition of new digital scans of all the Curt McDowell films preserved by the Academy Film Archive, never before in distribution. This new acquisition includes exhibition files of the following 13 films: Beaver Fever, Dora Myrtle, Kathleen Trailer (for Underground Cinema 12), A Night with Gilda Peck, Ainslie […]

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    Now Available: New Digitization of Andy Warhol’s Unfinished Symphony, by Babeth VanLoo

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to announce that a new digitization of Andy Warhol’s Unfinished Symphony, by Babeth VanLoo, is now available for rent. Thanks to Amsterdam’s Eye Filmmuseum for creating this beautiful new transfer! Andy Warhol’s Unfinished Symphony (Babeth VanLoo, 1975, 26 minutes, b&w, sound, 16mm or digital file) With George Kuchar and Raymond Mondini. A clarification […]

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    New Prints from the Academy Film Archive

    Canyon is pleased to announce that a number of new distribution prints from the Academy Film Archive have recently been received and accessioned, including two early films by Robert Breer that are new to the catalog: Cats (Robert Breer, 1956, 1 minute, color, sound, 16mm) Short hand-drawn representation of a cat. Form Phases I (Robert […]

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    Friends of Canyon Cinema is Now on Patreon!

    The Friends of Canyon Cinema is now on Patreon! Join to receive free access to “Canyon-on-Demand” streaming programs, a subscription to the Canyon Cinemazine, 20% off Canyon merch, plus member-only updates, previews, and more. To become a member, visit: Sign up now and receive a special bonus gift: A Canyon Cinema enamel pin! Supply […]

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    Digital and Streaming Access

    In response to increased demand for digital access to Canyon Cinema’s catalog, we are now providing digital file and/or streaming video links for more than 1000 works in our collection. There are two ways to discover available titles: 1. Use advanced search function filtered by “digital file”2. Browse our Canyon Cinema Digital/Streaming Access Directory The […]

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    Canyon Cinema and The Roxie Theater to Launch New Programming Partnership 

    Two long-standing San Francisco film purveyors are thrilled to announce a new programming partnership. Beginning this August, Canyon Cinema and The Roxie Theater embark on a monthly collaboration: Canyon at The Roxie, bringing into focus visionary Bay Area film artists of past and present. Taking place in the Little Roxie, and in compliance with CDC, […]

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    Introducing the Canyon Cinema Discovered Fellows!

    Following a review of nearly 200 outstanding applications by our group of project advisors, it is with great excitement that we introduce the 2021-22 Canyon Cinema curatorial fellows:  Aaditya Aggarwal is a writer, editor, and film curator based in Toronto and New Delhi. He has contributed writing to Canadian Art, The New Inquiry, Ethnic Aisle, Trinity Square Video, South Asian Visual […]

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    Announcing Canyon Cinemazine #7, Dear Folks: Notes and Letters from Bruce Baillie

    We are thrilled to announce that the new issue of Canyon Cinemazine has now been printed! Dear Folks: Notes and Letters from Bruce Baillie is dedicated to Canyon Cinema’s founding filmmaker, who died in April 2020 at his home on Camano Island; nearly 60 years after first welcoming friends and neighbors to a night of backyard cinema in Canyon, […]

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Spotlight on Nathaniel Dorsky


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