Introducing the Print Generations Cohort!

Posted March 5th, 2024 in Announcements, News / Events

Inspired by the 16mm Centenary (1923-2023), Print Generations is a new Canyon Cinema commissioning project that will support the production of four new 16mm films by the following cohort of Bay Area filmmakers!

Celina Jade de Leon is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from the Bay Area. She embraces feminine irreverence through multimedia depictions of mischievous characters. She has a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and co-runs XINEMA, a recurring experimental film series. Celina’s film will investigate and animate the mythical Filipino Manananggal figure through stop-motion and direct cinema techniques.

Tijana Petrović is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Her moving image work includes nonfiction films, and film and video installations which use landscape as a framework through which to observe and question our relationships to history, place and the natural world. Tijana’s work has screened at film festivals and exhibition venues internationally including IFF Rotterdam, True/False, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Anthology Film Archives and Pacific Film Archive among others. She has received support from various institutions including SFFILM, New York Foundation for the Arts, University Film and Video Association, Fleishhacker Foundation and The Enersen Foundation, among others. Tijana is a graduate of the Documentary Film and Video MFA program at Stanford University and the Documentary Media Studies certificate program at The New School in NY. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works as a freelance cinematographer and lecturer at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Tijana’s film will examine the role of vision and landscape in ordering the daily life of indigenous populations in historic California Missions. 

Amy Reid is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines the intersections between gender, national identity, and labor living in Oakland. By exploring observational approaches and expanding upon formal cinematic notions of time, structure, and narrative, Reid’s work questions how labor is constructed in the filmic form through feature length films, video installations, and texts. These multi-year projects, often working closely with a group—long haul female truckers, quilters, e-commerce sellers—premise upon collaboration, performance, and experimentation. Reid received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2009 and her MFA in 2017 from the University of California, San Diego. Reid is an alumnus of The Whitney Independent Study Program. She has screened her films in such venues as UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY, Los Angeles Filmforum, Workers Unite Film Festival, and Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz where part of her dissertation work is a feature-length 16mm and video experimental film looking at women, quilting, and 19th century US history entitled Grandmother’s Garden. Reid’s project for Print Generations will be a collectively-based 16mm film that acts, looks, and feels like a quilt, made in collaboration with local quilters from the Bay Area.

TT Takemoto is a queer Japanese American filmmaker exploring hidden dimensions of same sex intimacy in Asian American history. Takemoto manipulates archival and found footage through labor-intensive processes of painting, scratching, and lifting 35mm/16mm emulsion. By engaging tactile dimensions of the archive, Takemoto conjures up immersive queer historical fantasies honoring Asian Americans who lived, loved, and labored together. Takemoto has exhibited widely and received grants from Art Matters, Fleishhacker Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at Slamdance and Best Experimental Film Jury Award at Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Their screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, BFI Flare (London), CROSSROADS, Documenta 15, MIX Milano, MIX Mexico, Marseille Underground Film Festival, Outfest, Queer Forever! (Hanoi), Rio Gay Film Festival, SFMOMA, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, and Xposed Int’l Queer Film Festival (Berlin). Inspired by the mixed-race Filipina American paintbrush maker Rosalie “Rosie” Bamberger (1921-1990), Takemoto’s film will explore queer desire among working-class women of color in 1950s San Francisco.

Print Generations is supported by the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.