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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 from Canyon Cinema: 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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    1/18/2024 – Portraits and Short Visual Diaries: A Salon with Margaret Rorison

    Portraits and Short Visual Diaries: A Salon with Margaret RorisonThursday, January 18, 2024 @ 7:30pm (doors 7pm)16 Sherman Street, San Francisco Curated and introduced by Margaret Rorison “This selection of 10 short films celebrates the mobile nature of the 16mm camera, and the limitations of its mechanism that allow for true experimentation and play. The […]

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    Announcing Print Generations: A Canyon Cinema Commissioning Project

    Canyon Cinema Foundation invites applications for Print Generations, a new film commissioning project. Inspired by the 16mm Centenary (1923-2023), this project will support the production of four new 16mm films by an intergenerational cohort of Bay Area artists, comprising two current Canyon members and two non-members. The program is supported by the Owsley Brown III […]

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    New Artist Member: Azian Nurudin

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the San Francisco-based artist Azian Nurudin to the collection! Azian Nurudin was born on Penang Island in Malaysia. She received a BA from Mills College in Oakland, California and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her works have been screened at film/video festivals, galleries, and museums throughout […]

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    Job Posting: Cataloging Intern for Michael Wallin Collection

    Canyon Cinema is currently seeking a Cataloging Intern to inventory, describe, and arrange our Michael Wallin paper collection. This is a paid, limited-term, part-time position to begin in January 2024. Work will take place onsite at Canyon Cinema’s office in the Bayview district of San Francisco. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of library […]

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    Now Available: Alexis Krasilovsky’s Nancy Spero: A Conversation with the Artist

    Nancy Spero: A Conversation with the Artist (1991, 8 minutes, color, sound, digital file) One of the foremost political and feminist artists of our time, Nancy Spero talks about the Women Artists’ movement and images of women in her own work, during a 1989 retrospective at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York […]

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    New Artist Member: Harry Smith

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the films of Harry Smith to the collection! “Harry Smith (1923-1991) was an artist whose activities and interests put him at the center of the mid 20th-century American avant-garde. Although best known as a filmmaker and musicologist, he frequently described himself as a painter, and his varied projects called on his […]

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    New Artist Member: Gloria Chung

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome New York-based artist Gloria Chung to the collection! Gloria Chung’s films explore places “not down in any map”; liminal places defined by time, light, and memory. Her films have screened at festivals and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Chung holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA Anthropology) […]

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    Now Available: 15 New Exhibition Files from Pat O’Neill

    Canyon Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of 15 exhibition files from the West Coast film maestro, Pat O’Neill. This deposit includes recent digital transfers of avant-garde classics such as Water and Power (1989), Trouble in the Image (1996), and 7362 (1967), among others, as well as two video works that are new to […]

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    Canyon Cinema Across Time and Space @ YBCA, November 1-30, 2023

    Throughout the month of November, as part of YBCA’s Bay Area Now 9 triennial exhibition, you can experience Canyon Cinema Across Time and Space. This selection of films from the Canyon Cinema collection traces six decades of experimental filmmaking in the Bay Area; from Canyon’s original home in the East Bay hamlet of Canyon, California, to San Francisco’s frenetic […]

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    Now Available: Phil Solomon’s Yes, I Said Yes, I Will, Yes

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Phil Solomon’s exquisite 1999 miniature, Yes, I Said Yes, I Will, Yes. The film screens on November 9, 2023 at Anthology Film Archives in Program 3 of the upcoming series “Lost and Found, You Still Remain There”: A Phil Solomon Retrospective, curated by Mark McElhatten. The three-program retrospective is presented […]

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    Now Available: Kerry Laitala’s Fire Fly EYE

    Fire Fly EYE (2020, 7 minutes, color, sound, digital file) “Fire Fly EYE is my response to the devastating re-making of the world brought on by anthropogenic climate change and corporate ‘stewardship’ of our natural resources. A ritual of reclamation in the face of overwhelming destruction, invoked through filming discarded consumer products, sifting spectacle out of […]

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    Canyon Cinema Awarded NFPF Avant-Garde Masters Grant to Preserve Two Films by Michael Wallin

    Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that we have received a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) – Avant-Garde Masters grant to preserve two films by Bay Area filmmaker Michael Wallin. A pioneer in San Francisco’s queer avant-garde cinema scene, Wallin began making films in 1968 while studying under experimental film legend, and Canyon Cinema co-founder, Bruce […]

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    Contemporary Bay Area Films from Canyon Cinema @ YBCA, 10/14/23

    Contemporary Bay Area Films from Canyon CinemaOctober 14, 2023, 3pmYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Presented in association with Bay Area Now 9 On view at YBCA from October 6, 2023–May 5, 2024 Program info & tickets: “Operating at the intersection of exhibition and distribution Canyon Cinema, one of the key foundations of the Bay Area film ecosystem, has presented, preserved, […]

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    Now Available: Phil Solomon’s Empire

    Empire (Phil Solomon, 2008-2012, 48 minutes, color, sound, digital file) A re-make of Andy Warhol’s Empire from high atop the Manhattan Island of Grand Theft Auto IV (“Liberty City”), far from the madding crowd of thieves, cops, prostitutes and murderers down below. I hijacked a copter, leaped onto the rooftop of an adjacent building, spawned a scooter out of […]

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    Now Available: Three New Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Three new 16mm portrait films by Nathaniel Dorsky, including: Caracole (for Izcali) (2023, 17.5 minutes, color, sound, 16mm, 18fps) In the last few years I have been making a series of cinematic portraits of young filmmaking friends acting as collaborators in portraiture. There is always a surprise as to what the […]

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    Now Available: 20 Films + 3 Digital Videos by Amy Halpern

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to announce the acquisition of 23 films and videos by longtime artist member Amy Halpern, all of which are new to Canyon’s collection. Highlights of this major deposit, spanning 50 years of Halpern’s career, include the early suite Opus I (Three Preparations / A Glance / Peach Landscape) (1972-73); 1978’s Cigarette […]

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    Now Available: Five New Digital Files from Dorothy Wiley

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to announce the acquisition of five new digital files from longtime member Dorothy Wiley! Included amongst this new deposit are 4 titles that were previously available on 16mm – Cabbage, Letters, The Weeny Worm or the Fat Innkeeper, and Zane Forbidden – as well as one film that is new to […]

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    Canyon Cinema presents Al Wong: Still Moving, August 27, 2023

    Al Wong: Still Moving Sunday, August 27, 2023, 3:45pm The Roxie Theater, San Francisco Al Wong in person! Program & Ticket Info: Canyon at The Roxie returns with a spotlight on the distinguished San Francisco artist Al Wong. This program traces the arc of Wong’s varied engagement with the moving image form, from his […]

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    New Artist Member: TT Takemoto

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to welcome the San Francisco-based artist TT Takemoto to the collection! TT Takemoto is a queer Japanese American filmmaker exploring Asian American history, sexuality, and identity. Their experimental films delve into hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and trauma that exist within Asian and Asian American archives. Takemoto interacts with found footage […]

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    Announcing New Streaming Partnership with Projectr EDU

    Canyon Cinema is excited to collaborate with our friends at Grasshopper Film on their new Projectr EDU streaming service! Partnering with the New York Public Library and educational institutions across North America, the free platform features nearly 1000 independent and artist-made films, archival restorations, and documentaries.  A sampling of these films includes over 100 titles from Canyon’s collection; the complete restored films of pioneering […]

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Spotlight on Harry Smith

Film No. 11 (Mirror Animations)
Film No. 11 (Mirror Animations) by Harry Smith

Film No. 11 (Mirror Animations)

Restored by Anthology Film Archives, New York

"A commentary on and exposition of No. 10... A famous film." -... More »

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