Now Available: 12 Exhibition Files from Toney W. Merritt

Posted April 15th, 2021 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that 12 exhibition files from Bay Area filmmaker and artist Toney W. Merritt have been added to our distribution catalog!

A longtime Canyon member, Merritt has been making work for over five decades. His unique corpus of personal films and videos, totaling more than 30 titles, draws upon and subverts numerous experimental, narrative, and documentary strategies and techniques. This consistent and consistently adventurous artistic output has been recognized with screenings at esteemed venues, including the La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, Anthology Film Archives in New York, Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive, the Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco’s de Young Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

This acquisition includes a new digitization of 1982’s Revolution as well as 11 titles that are new to the catalog, spanning more than 20 years of production and multiple genres.

Stay tuned for information about new digitizations of additional Merritt films!

Revolution (1982, 1 minute, b&w, silent, digital file)

The closing sequence of my film Conquest Piece, that stands up on its own feet.

Sarah From Roberts (1998, 11 minutes, b&w, sound, digital file)

A young sales woman makes an unauthorized delivery to a shut-in, Elizabeth Bathory, a vampire

What Goes Around (1999-2007, 25 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

The paths of two strangers intersect at a remote roadside rest stop and discover their meeting there is more than chance.

Vision Quests (2009, 15 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

A Vision Quest

Memory (2010, 1 minute, color, sound, digital file)


Eg Anda – Sigur Ros (2012, 6 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

Created for a music video contest for the release of Sigur Ros’ album- Eg Anda

So Much More to Say: Conversation with Harvey Brody: Artist (2016, 13 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

A conversation with artist Harvey Brody about process.

A Dreadful Day (2016, 25 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

A filmed adaption of the award winning short story, A Dreadful Day by Dan Warthman. An American expat living and working illegally in a slum in Beijing awakes to find the body of a dead American woman in his apartment.

Death of Oleander (2018, 1 minute, color, sound, digital file)

An Oleander blossom is snipped.

TU VU: Turkey Vultures (2020, 1 minute, color, sound, digital file)

Turkey vultures soaring over our home.

B.L.M. (2020, 1 minute, b&w, sound, digital file)

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“And Still it Happens as if for the First Time” – Harvey Brody Artist (2020, 19 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

Harvey Brody discusses process and reasons for creating larger paintings.