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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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    Canyon Cinema Supports the ExFM Graduate Student Essay Award!

    Canyon Cinema is proud to support the inaugural ExFM Graduate Student Essay Award competition! ExFM is the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS); a forum for scholars and students interested in all forms of experimental film and media, to meet, share ideas and resources, and […]

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    New Artist Member: Jim Jennings

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to welcome the films of prolific New York filmmaker Jim Jennings to the collection. This major new acquisition includes 32 titles made between 1969 and 2008, all on 16mm. For a full list of the Jennings films currently in distribution at Canyon, see: About Jim Jennings James Robertson Jennings, usually […]

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    Now Available: A Fire’s Poem + Four More New Titles from Toney W. Merritt

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Five new titles from Toney W. Merritt, including his latest work A Fire’s Poem. To learn more about Merritt’s films, see “Effecting Repair: A Canyon Cinema Report on the ‘Rediscovery’ of Toney W. Merritt,” in the current (Fall 2022) issue of JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. A Fire’s […]

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    Now Available: Two Digital Files from Sergio Bátiz

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Two new digital files from Sergio Bátiz! Chicago (2003, 3.5 minutes, color, sound, digital file) The idea of discovering and documenting a new city and new country where I moved to live coming from Mexico with my film camera using a stop-motion or time-lapse film animation photographic technique. Mission San […]

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    Now Available: Paige Taul’s 71

    71 (Paige Taul, 2022, 19 minutes, b&w, sound, digital file) 71 is about the sensibilities of the black middle class as observed by Jessica Taul and Pamela Patterson, the filmmaker’s mother and aunt, respectively. They discuss their differing tastes, definitions of class, frogs, and other qualifiers they consider in their evaluation of the space that they […]

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    Canyon Cinema Discovered Launches Four Newly-Curated Programs and 40 Artist-Made Films and Videos From Inaugural Curatorial Fellowship

    For Immediate Release San Francisco, CA—Canyon Cinema (est. 1961 in the Bay Area), one of the world’s foremost advocates for and distributors of independent moving-image art, announces the full line-up and screening schedule for its inaugural curatorial fellowship, Canyon Cinema Discovered, taking place throughout the month of October 2022. Four newly-curated programs will premiere at […]

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    9/24/2022 – Canyon Cinema, Hello Benjamin Films, and Los Angeles Filmforum present New Black Wave, Vol. 2

    New Black Wave, Vol. 2 Presented by Canyon Cinema, Hello Benjamin Films, and Los Angeles Filmforum Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 4pm The Roxie Theater, San Francisco Ticket info: VIEW ONLINE: Films will also be available for online screening on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 pm to midnight (PST) at: Curated by Solomon Turner […]

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    Now Available: Barbara Hammer’s Pictures 4 Barbara

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: A newly accessioned restoration print of Barbara Hammer’s Pictures 4 Barbara, courtesy of friends at the Academy Film Archive! This long-overlooked and underseen Hammer film is a new addition to our catalog. Pictures 4 Barbara (Barbara Hammer, 1981, 8 minutes, color, sound, 16mm) In this layered epistolary short, letters written between […]

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    9/15/2022 – Urban Nature: A Salon with S Topiary Landberg

    Urban Nature: A Salon with S Topiary LandbergThursday, September 15, 2022 @ 7:30pm (doors 7pm)16 Sherman Street, San Francisco Facebook Event The Canyon Cinema Salon returns to 16 Sherman for the first time in nearly three years, for a program of urban landscape films selected by Bay Area media artist, curator, and writer S Topiary […]

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    Now Available: New Stan VanDerBeek Prints + Files

    Canyon Cinema is delighted to announce a major new deposit from the Stan VanDerBeek Archive. This incredible trove of recently preserved works by the prolific multimedia artist, scientist, and inventor includes 12 new 16mm prints and 8 new digital files. New Prints + Files: Who Ho Rays (1972, 8 minutes, color, silent, 16mm or digital […]

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    New Artist Member: Leandro Katz

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to welcome the Argentinian/American filmmaker, author, and visual artist Leandro Katz to the collection! Known for his films and photographic installations, Katz’s works include long-term projects that deal with Latin American subjects and incorporate historical research, anthropology, and visual arts. These include The Catherwood Project, a photographic reconstruction of the two 1850s expeditions of […]

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    New Acquisition: Three Exhibition Files from Al Wong

    Canyon Cinema is excited to announce the return of three additional films by Al Wong to the catalog! Included in this acquisition are new exhibition files for 24 Frames Per Second (1977), Discount House (1971), and 69 cents a pound (1969). More Al Wong titles coming soon – stay tuned for details! 24 Frames Per […]

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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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    Now Available: Lynne Sachs’s Swerve

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Swerve, a new film by Lynne Sachs featuring poetry by Paolo Javier. As Herbert Gambill writes for Mystery Catalogue, “Swerve is a cinematic meditation on postmodern/avant-garde/post-colonial poetry construction in general and specifically it’s a terrific incitement to read Javier’s book and seek out more of Sachs’s fascinating body of work.”  Swerve […]

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    Now Available: Jodie Mack’s Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: “The third film in Jodie Mack’s Wasteland series, Moons, Sons, observes the rapid thaw of natural forms. A world tender and unhatched; future chaos in repose, in slumber.” (IFFR) Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons (Jodie Mack, 2021, 5 min, color, silent, 16mm) A world tender and unhatched, Future chaos in repose, […]

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    New Acquisition: Taiki Sakpisit’s Seeing in the Dark

    Now available from Canyon Cinema: Taiki Sakpisit‘s Seeing in the Dark, which continues the filmmaker’s exploration of Thailand’s political history and landscape. Seeing in the Dark (2021, 29 minutes, color and b&w, sound) The film interweaves the legacy of Thailand’s Cold War, the remnants of the Communist insurgency in Thailand and the ruined fortress that […]

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    Canyon Cinema Welcomes Three New Board Members

    Canyon Cinema is thrilled to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Terri Francis, Lian Ladia, and Patricia Ledesma Villon. Each of these new Board members, who will begin serving in July, brings with them a wealth of experience, unique perspectives, and an abiding commitment to the field of artist-made cinema and media. […]

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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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Spotlight on Robert Breer

Swiss Army Knife With Rats and Pigeons
Swiss Army Knife With Rats and Pigeons by Robert Breer

Swiss Army Knife With Rats and Pigeons

"... displays sinuous cutting between live action and animated images, rapid-fire associations and transformations, freedom in collaging the everyday with... More »