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Remembering Robert Nelson (1930 – 2012)

Posted January 23rd, 2012 in Announcements, News / Events

Canyon Cinema Filmmaker Robert Nelson Passes On

Canyon Cinema is sad to lose one of its oldest members, Robert Nelson, who will be missed. Below are some wonderful write-ups on the late filmmaker.

New York Times article by Bruce Weber:

“Confoundingly plotless but cleverly and energetically edited to render images in often poignant, often uproarious juxtaposition, Mr. Nelson’s movies are varied in tone and subject matter, but they all exhibit the subversive relish of a renegade, quirky wit.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/arts/robert-nelson-experimental-filmmaker-dies-at-81.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper

MUBI Notebook Blog:

“Known for prankster experimentalism and on-the-spot invention, the films of San Francisco native Robert Nelson are among the defining landmarks of the post-Beat American underground of the 1960s and 70s. His free-spirited approach, sharp wit, and artistic rigor marked inspired collaborations with William T Wiley, William Allan, Steve Reich, and the Grateful Dead, and helped shape a language and style for the burgeoning psychedelic culture.” (VIA REDCAT)

http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/robert-nelson-1930-2012

Preservationist Insanity Blog (Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive):

“So many filmmakers are filmmakers in some way or other because of Bob (among them Peter Hutton, Fred Worden, Chris Langdon, Curt McDowell, Mike Henderson, numerous others). Peter once told me that when he saw Bob’s films for the first time, his reaction was “wait, you can make movies like that?”, and started making films himself.”

http://preservationinsanity.blogspot.com/2012/01/cant-really-express-at-all-how-very-sad.html

For more information on Nelson’s films and to rent them from Canyon Cinema…