Canyon co-presentations at Frameline June 18-28

Posted June 15th, 2015 in Co-Presentations, Events and Screenings, News / Events

The Royal Road

Canyon is proud to co-present three screenings at this year’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Each of these films contains deep roots in our filmmaking community. One of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history and VP of e-commerce at Wolfe Video, Jenni Olson has been busy touring her new film The Royal Road since its premiere at Sundance in January. Barbara Hammer‘s Welcome to this House, A Film About Elizabeth Bishop examines the little-known aspects of the life of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979) utilizing elements of avant-garde tradition. Jack Walsh has been working on Feelings Are Facts for the past few years and will be in attendance at its Bay Area premiere!

Jenni Olson’s The Royal Road
Friday June 19th 11am Castro Theatre
Monday June 22nd 7pm Rialto Cinemas @ Elmwood

“This is a road movie like no other. For one, it is in large part about the actual road—the 600-mile-long El Camino Real (also known as the King’s Highway), which runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles (and beyond). It is also about many other seemingly disconnected things, including the Spanish colonization of California, the Mexican-American War, and the controversial legacy of soon-to-be-canonized Father Junipero Serra; butch identity, the writings of Casanova, and the pursuit of beautiful but unattainable women; old-school Hollywood iconography and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and the distinct pull and pleasure of nostalgia.” – Joanne Parsont

Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

Jack Walsh’s Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
Saturday June 27th 11am Castro Theatre

“Covering everything from early influences like Merce Cunningham and John Cage to her rocky upbringing amid San Francisco anarchist and bohemian circles, coming out as a lesbian in her fifties, and her return to dance in 2000 at the behest of Mikhail Baryshnikov, this insightful documentary has as much to say about the politics of identity as it does about the always-related concerns of one of the preeminent artists of our time.” – Rob Avila

Welcome to this House, A Film About Elizabeth Bishop

Barbara Hammer’s Welcome to This House, A Film About Elizabeth Bishop
Tuesday June 23rd 7pm Rialto Cinemas @ Elmwood
Thursday June 25th 7pm Roxie Theater

“Hammer examines Bishop from all angles, interviewing everyone from literary luminaries like Marie-Claire Blais and Edmund White to Lota’s aged former maid. Hammer pulls the viewer into Bishop’s world, blending present day footage of each location with archival photos, and recreating moments in the writer’s life. Throughout the film we hear Bishop’s own words, read by Kathleen Chalfant, revealing yet another facet of a complicated and passionate woman.” – Monica Nolan