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Remembering Jaime Hull – a tribute by Dominic Angerame

Posted April 11th, 2016 in News / Events

meditation #1 Lost Dog

Meditation #1 Lost Dog (1993) by Jamie Hull

We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of  filmmaker and former Canyon volunteer Jamie Hull. Former executive director, Dominic Angerame, has asked us to share this thoughtful and heartfelt statement about Jamie and his contributions to Canyon:

“It was at the recent Crossroads Festival at the Victoria Theater when I heard the news that long term member of Canyon Cinema Jamie Hull had died. The causes and circumstances are still unclear. I believe Jamie was less than 40 years old. Jamie had been a film student of mine when I taught at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and we subsequently became friends.

We would hang out and talk about experimental cinema and its influences and various filmmakers. He was also a great aid in helping Bruce Baillie navigate travel arrangements when he cane to San Francisco several years ago.

There are many untold stories surrounding Canyon Cinema and Jamie’s role at the organization is one of them. In 2011, because of escalating studio rental fees, I was almost forced to move Canyon Cinema to Portland Oregon. Linda Scobie, then film traffic controller and film inspector, miraculously found a cheap studio space at the current Yosemite site.

Jamie was extremely helpful in aiding Linda and myself in the move the more and organizing more than 4 tons of films, shelving, editing benches and the rest. He was also a valuable intern during 2011 and 2012. He performed inspection duties, helped with screenings and was able to handle the office when I was unable to come in.

In 2013 I programmed his film Lacrimae Rerum (The Tears if Things) at the New Latin American International Film Festival in Havana. The film was quite beautiful and featured his young daughter.

Jamie was also finishing his final semester at the San Francisco Art Institute and was looking forward to graduating. His film Lacrimae Rerum (The Tears of Things) had its premier and the last film presented at the 2016 Crossroads Film Festival. I am sad to have to write a small obituary for Jamie Hull and wanted inform the community the contributions he gave.”

– Dominic Angerame, former ED Canyon Cinema, Film Professor and Archivist.