Support Canyon

2015 Fundraising Drive! Giving and benefit levels start at $10!


Canyon Cinema Foundation needs your support as we work to continue to promote the care, access, and public awareness of artist-made film.

Canyon Cinema is the west coast hub for accessing groundbreaking experimental films. Our collection includes 3,500 titles representing the work of over 250 artists including legends such as Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Robert Nelson, Gunvor Nelson, Lawrence Jordan, Stan Brakhage and many more. Every year we loan upwards of 1000 films to educational and cultural institutions worldwide, making Canyon a key resource for students, educators, curators and all those interested in the art of moving images.

The Canyon Cinema Foundation is expanding its advocacy for artist-made films. 2014 and 2015 have been momentous years for the Canyon Cinema Foundation with the introduction of free public programs like the Salon Series and the launch of our bi-monthly newsletter Confessions, partnerships with streaming services Mubi, Fandor and Kanopy, the continued vitality of our film loan program and the approval of our 501c3 status.  In the coming year we will continue to serve our community by:

  • Increasing free screenings and public events.
  • Developing our digital distribution program.
  • Expanding the catalog of films and artists.
  • Continuing our work to promote and care for the unparalleled collection of the 16mm, 35mm, 8mm and Super 8 film prints in our trust.

Canyon Cinema is able to accomplish a great deal for the independent film community with our modest operational costs, small staff and volunteers, but we need YOUR HELP to ensure that we meet our basic obligations for the current year.   Raising $10,000 will allow us to keep moving towards expanding our programs and services for 2016. Every dollar counts, and contributions are tax deductible.


Checks can be mailed to us at

Canyon Cinema Foundation
1777 Yosemite Avenue, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94124

Contact us by phone (415-626-2255) or e-mail ( if you have any questions!

Need more of an incentive to give? We are offering several alluring benefits at giving levels from $10 – $500+.

When you make your donation, include your selected reward in the notes field. For T-Shirts please indicate the size (only xs, s and xl available), for cinemanews, catalogs & supplements the years desired, and if you would rather not receive a benefit leave it blank.

Thank you for giving generously.
With Love, Canyon Cinema Foundation Staff and Board of Directors


    • $10 – $29 ~ Canyon Cinema button


    • $30 – $49 ~ Canyon Cinema Tote bag or T-shirt + Canyon Cinema button. 


    • $50 – $149 ~ Vintage Canyon Cinema Catalog and supplement of your choice + Canyon Cinema button 


    • $150 – $250 ~ Collection of one year of Canyon cinemanews issues (choice of 1969 1-7, 1972 1-6 or 1978 1-6+79 1) + Canyon Cinema pin


    • $251 – $500 ~ 90min in-office screening at Canyon Cinema and tour for 2 people along with tote bag and button.


    • $500 + ~ One of every prize available. 




CCF_B_buttonoriginal  canyon tote

T-shirts are American Apparel Unisex 100% Fine Jersey cotton construction, durable rib neckband. xs, s, xl available.


  1993 supp

1990 supp (1) Catalog 6 supp_ 1988 Catalog 5 supp_1982

  Catalog 4_1976  catalog 1992

from top left –
Canyon Cinema Catalog #8 (2000) – Cover art by Pat O’Neill. An oversized paperback catalog of Canyon Cinema’s 2000 holdings of experimental films. This is the last printed catalog. 485 pgs.

Film/Video Supplement 1994 – Cover “Inkblot Drawing” by Bruce Conner.  Paperback, 22 pgs.

Film/Video Supplement 1993 – Cover “Film Greets Video” by Andy Moore. Paperback, 36 pgs.

Film/Video Supplement 1990 – Cover “Still Frisco” by Robert Nelson. Paperback, 60 pgs.

Catalog #6 Film/Video Supplement 1988 – Cover “The Act of Perfect Contrition” by Rock Ross. Paperback. 57 pgs.

Catalog #5 Supplement 1982 – Cover “A View From AL Con Trast” by William T. Wiley. Paperback, 73 pgs.

Canyon Cinema Catalog #6 (1988) – Homage to Marey Cover by Joel Singer. This paperback catalog contains holdings of experimental films at Canyon Cinema in 1988. 274 pgs.

Canyon Cinema Catalog #4 (1976) – A paperback catalog of Canyon Cinema’s 1976 holdings of experimental films. 270 pgs.

Canyon Cinema Film/Video Catalog #7 (1992) 25th Anniversary – Deus Ex Machina cover by Bruce Conner. This paperback catalog contains the holdings of experimental films at Canyon Cinema in 1992. 441 pgs.



1969 issues 1 – 7 – Highlights include a thank you note to Bruce Conner from John Lennon; The Naked Zodiac series by Ben Van Meter; announcements from the Board of Directors; letters, exchanges and announcements by Ed Emshwiller, James Lithgow, Conner and Jonas Mekas, Bob Pike, Ruth Weiss, Bruce Baillie, Will Hindle, Jon Jost, etc.; inaugural portraits of filmmakers series (Lenny Lipton, Anne Kish, Pat and Loren Sears); recipes and, of course, film festival reports and rapping.  Covers by – Ken Deroux, Gunvor Nelson and Dorothy Wiley, John Hardaker and Dan Deroux.


1972 issues 1-5/6 – Highlights include instructions for building one’s own editing wall by Henry Roll,  building your own optical printer stand, and how to develop and solarize your own film after Russian tanks arrive by Kira Gale; a heated letter to the board of directors by Robert Nelson, more from the portraits of filmmakers series (Carl Linder, George Kuchar, etc…) art works (Ben Van Meter, Don Llyod, etc…); letters, exchanges and announcements by Chick Strand, Jon Jost, Freude Bartlett, Ben Van Meter, Standish Lawder, Walter Ungerer, Board of Directors, etc… and, of course, film festival reports and rapping.
Covers by – Natasha Nicholson, Bruce Conner, Curt McDowell


1978 issues 1-6+1979 1 – Highlights include poetry by Abigail Child’s Matinee, Kuchar’s Dietrich Dossier, Joe Gibbons’ Art Liberation Front communique,  George Kuchar in Europe, Malcolm LeGrice’s essay Material, Materiality, Materialism, a Brakhage-LeGrice debate, George Landow at SF Cinematheque transcript, Yvonne Rainer interview,   J.C. Lipzin talking with Joyce Wieland, Eva Warth on Friedman and Weinbren’s The Making of Americans, James Broughton Some Unseen Lights, Harry Smith at the Queens Museum, Art Spiegelman sketchbook, Mark McGowan score for rewind quartet, hot splicer and projectionist, and more.
Covers by – Jack Hirschman and Kristen Wetterhahn; Pat O’Neil; Joel Singer and Meryl Glick (featuring Ernie Gehr).