New Restorations Available – QUICK BILLY ROLLS 14, 41, 43, 46, and 52

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in News / Events

We are excited to announce the availability of new prints of Canyon founder Bruce Baillie’s QUICK BILLY ROLLS 14, 41, 43, 46, and 52. Recently restored by the Academy Film Archive, these unedited 100′ camera rolls may accompany screenings of Baillie’s longer 1970 film.


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Quick Billy Rolls 14, 41, 43, 46, and 52 (Bruce Baillie | 1968-70 | 18 minutes | COLOR | SILENT)
Rental Format(s): 16mm film

“The Rolls which accompany the film began as correspondence between Baillie and Brakhage during the construction of Quick Billy. Baillie has described them as “artifacts from the descending layers of an archaeological dig.” They are silent, three minute rolls, some of which were made in 1968-69. Two additional rolls have been added since the film was first shown in 1970 and Baillie moved from the sea ranch near Fort Bragg to the East Coast. They are like vestiges from the period of making Quick Billy, recurrences of visions from that mind-state.”

-M.R. , Berkeley Barb, March 21-27, 1975, pg 18


“Archivist Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive has also embarked on rescue projects of films that would otherwise be shunned by the canon. Bruce Baillie’s Quick Billy Roll 47 (1968-70) was one of out a series of auxiliary footage shot during the period in which he made Quick Billy and occasionally screened with the principal movie. Despite its status as a side project, Baillie’s expert use of the Kodachrome film stock delicately handles the changes in shades of color conjured by the play of light coming through a window.”

-Tess Jaspers, “Festivals: Oberhausen” in Film Comment, June 22, 2015


PLEASE NOTE: the Rolls are ONLY available for rental along with QUICK BILLY, and will come as an untitled single reel containing all 6 rolls. These may not be broken down or altered in any way.


For more information on renting these films, click here.