11/24/2014 — Canyon Cinema Salon, PLASTIC HISTORY: Independent and Experimental Filmmaking in the Age of Acetate, A Program of Films Selected by Tyler Turkle

Posted November 20th, 2014 in Announcements, Canyon Cinema Salon, Events and Screenings, News / Events

Please join Canyon Cinema on the evening of November 24th, 2014 at New Nothing Cinema for the next installment of our Fall 2014 Salon series. This month, filmmaker Tyler Turkle will present a program of 16mm films from the Canyon Cinema catalog made in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. These films, along with being representative of the historical moment in which they were produced, are also important works in the development of Turkle’s art. Regarding this program, Turkle writes:

The films chosen represent a variety of ideas and take on numerous forms, from a home movie to a candid interview, to a personal portrait, to the amusing street actions of a merry band of pranksters. However, all of these films stand as a partial historical record of the imaginative and adventurous use of the most “plastic medium” of them all.

Although there are many, many more examples to choose from, these are a few of the films that informed my own art and filmmaking in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I saw most of them as a student at Kent State University, taking classes with legendary filmmaker, Richard Myers. Later in the 70s and 80s, while teaching at Florida State University, I screened these and many others from the Canyon catalog to film classes and through a weekly experimental film and video program known as MEDIA X. 

The Canyon Cinema Salon Series is a FREE event hosted at New Nothing Cinema (located at 16 Sherman St, off Folsom between 6th and 7th in SOMA).

The Program:

Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965) | Kenneth Anger | 3.5 minutes | Color | Sound

Oh Dem Watermelons (1965) | Robert Nelson | 11 minutes | Color | Sound

Doggie Diner and Return of Doggie Diner (1969) | Leonard Lipton | 7 minutes | Color | Sound

My Name is Oona (1969) | Gunvor Nelson | 10 minutes | B&W | Sound

Visit to Indiana (1970) | Curt McDowell | 10 minutes | Color | Sound

Akbar (1970) | Richard Myers | 16 minutes | Color | Sound

Songs for Swinging Larvae (1981) | Ralph Records, aka Cryptic Corporation | 6 minutes | Color | Sound

For full program notes, see the official page HERE.