Canyon Cinemazine

Beginning in 1962, and continuing intermittently through the mid-1990s, Canyon Cinema published the Canyon Cinemanews (also known as Canyon Cinema News, Foundation for Art in Cinema Cinema News, The Cinemanews, and The New Cinema News). The eclectic, photocopied newsletter, which included a cornucopia of announcements, letters, classifieds, how-to information, call-outs, and more, was later described by the Stanford University Archives as “the main organ of the independent filmmaking community.” Abandoned due to a lack of resources, the demise of the Canyon Cinemanews left a hole in the Bay Area experimental film and art scene.

With the goal of filling this gap, and to commemorate the first 50 years of Canyon Cinema, the Canyon Cinemazine was conceived by Courtney Fellion in 2012. As Fellion explains, “Drawing inspiration from mail art and ephemeral media, the Canyon Cinemazine harkens back to the days of typewriter correspondences between avant-garde artists in the 1960s.” Like its predecessor, the Cinemazine seeks to ignite and foster discussion of underground and independent film/video practice and theory by putting Bay Area artists in dialogue with the larger experimental media community.

Produced with the aid of an Alternative Exposure grant from the San Francisco nonprofit arts organization Southern Exposure, and with encouragement and support from Canyon staff, the inaugural issue of the Cinemazine was composed of Canyon member submissions; edited and designed by Fellion. Since then, the zine has continued to fulfill Fellion’s goal, to “carry on the experimental and community-oriented tradition of the Cinema News.” In 2019, the Cinemazine project was passed on to Canyon Cinema to continue as an annual publication. 

The Cinemazine is currently available as a reward for Friends of Canyon Cinema members. A limited supply of Cinemazine #7 is available for purchase via Canyon’s online store.

For more information about the Cinemazine’s history and past issues, please visit:  

For more on the early history of the Canyon Cinemanews, check out Max Goldberg’s “Make It News: Canyon Cinema in Print, 1962-1967”

Current Issue

Cinemazine #8: Cine-Espacios

Edited by: Walter Forsberg and Tzutzu Matzin

With contributions from: José de la Colina, Ximena Cuevas, Annalisa D. Quagliata Blanco, Walter Forsberg, Viviana García Besné, Rita González, Emmanuel Guerrero Ramírez, Brett Kashmere, Betty Kirk, Jesse Lerner, Jorge Laso de la Vega, Azucena Losana, Tzutzu Matzin, Seth Mitter, Salvador Novo, Elena Pardo, Tomás Pérez Turrent, Gregorio Rocha, Emiliano Rocha Minter, Isabel Rojas, Francisco Jose Serrano, Aisel Wicab, Federico Windhausen.

As an ode to cinematographic culture and the cinephiles who sustain it, the editors of Canyon Cinema’s Cine-Espacios issue seek to capture as many details about Mexican cinema spaces as possible, while those in the know are still around. Comprising love-letters to bygone movie palaces, horse’s mouth testimonials from microcinema progenitors, and a generous gravy of filmic ephemera and artefacts, Cine-Espacios is a 200+ page, full-color chronicle in not one, but two, languages! A special edition includes stickers and a limited audio cassette soundtrack reissue from ZAP Cassettes of Gelsen Gas’ 1968 movimiento pánico experimental feature film, ANTICLÍMAX.

Past Issues

Cinemazine #7: Dear Folks: Notes and Letters from Bruce Baillie

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This issue of Canyon Cinemazine is dedicated to Canyon’s founding filmmaker, Bruce Baillie, who died in April 2020 at his home on Camano Island; nearly 60 years after first welcoming friends and neighbors to a night of backyard cinema in Canyon, California.

Editors: Courtney Fellion, Max Goldberg, Brett Kashmere, and Seth Mitter
Design: Helen Tseng

This publication was generously supported by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation and The Friends of Canyon Cinema.

Printed by Newspaper Club
Edition of 400
64 pages, tabloid newspaper
11.25 x 14.75 inches

Cinemazine #6: Missed Connections

Letters are written from a distance and go unanswered. I am trying to describe a place I have never been. The camera sees something that the person using it does not. A luminous detail or furtive glance, a chance moment found only in retrospect. Did you feel the connection too? We met 7:30 Sun 1/4 M15 bus stop 79th & 2nd. The dream gets hopelessly lost in waking. We were interrupted. You were not there, or else it’s changed. 

Contributors: Michael Betancourt, Alex Clausen & Ryan White, Jon Davies, Zachary Epcar, Adrianne Finelli, Max Goldberg, Santino Gonzalez, Peter Hutton (front and back covers), Seth Mitter (insert), tamara suarez porras, Justin Clifford Rhody, Rebekah Rutkoff, Talena Sanders, Chick Strand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Editors: John Schmidt, Alix Blevins, Antonella Bonfanti, Courtney Fellion, Seth Mitter, and Max Goldberg 

This publication was generously supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposures program.

Printed at the BAMPFA Art Lab
Edition of 100
32 pages
5 x 7.5 inches

Cinemazine #5: Loose Ends

Dedicated to Paul Clipson

Contributors: Faith Arazi, arc, Bruce Baillie, Anthony Buchanan, Paul Clipson, John Davis, Ryanaustin Dennis, Nazlı Dinçel, Zachary Epcar, Linda Fenstermaker, Gerry Fialka, Lawrence Jordan, Pablo Marín, Arte Matu, Bill Nichols, Belinda Cherie Perez, Natalie Tsui, Michael Walsh, Leila Weefur, and excerpts from a panel featuring B. Ruby Rich and Karen Fiss

Editors: Courtney Fellion, Kyle Wilhite, Linda Scobie
Design: Agnes Wyman
With assistance from: F. O’Neill

Cover design: Linda Scobie
Risograph prints: John Schmidt

This publication was generously supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposures program.

Riso-printed with color film stills
44 pages
7 x 8.5 inches

Cinemazine #4: Manifesto

Contributors: Bruce Baillie, Craig Baldwin, Canyon Cinema, Jon Dieringer, Amir George and Erin Christovale, Bryan Konefsky, JD Molero, (James Holcombe, Karen Mirza, and Brad Butler), Nothing to See Here (Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza), Rick Prelinger, Lili White

This publication was generously supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposures program.

11 broadsides
Variable dimensions

Cinemazine #3: On Sound

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Contributors: Bruce Baillie, Michael Betancourt, Brian Darr, John Davis, Michael Daye, Clint Enns, Gerry Fialka, Walter Forsberg, Paul Glabicki, Max Goldberg, Barbara Hammer, Emma Hurst, Joey Izzo w/John Zorn, Taryn Jones, Janis Crystal Lipzin, A.G. Nigrin, Michael Walsh, Roger D. Wilson

Online Contributors: Jaime Cleeland, D. Jesse Damazo, Robert Edmondson, Trevor Jahner, Philip Mantione, Petri Kuljuntausta, Michael Reisinger for Sleeping Giant, Glossolalia, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Phil Solomon, Ashley Swendsen

Editor/Design: Courtney Fellion

This publication was generously supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposures program.

First printing, sold out. 
Second printing, edition of 100.
40 pages, featuring special flexi-disc insert
7 x 8.5 inches

Cinemazine #2: Non/Fictions

Contributors: Claire Bain, Elizabeth Block, James Cleeland, Chris Cogan, Alex Edgeworth, Linda Fenstermaker, Gerry Fialka, Mathew Galindo, Bryan Konefsky & Basement Films, Toney Merritt, Daniel Mitchell, Albert G. Nigrin, Abraham Ravett, Bernard Roddy, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Russell Sheaffer, Mark Street, Julieta Triangular, Steve Wetzel, Lili White & AXWFF, Roger Wilson, David R. Witzling, John Woods, Mi Young

Edition of 150
40 pages, with vellum cover featuring light box collage by Mark Street 
7 x 8.5 inches

Cinemazine #1: 50th Anniversary

This issue is a special, limited-edition gift for Canyon Cinema filmmakers in celebration of the organization’s 50th Anniversary in 2011.

Contributors: Dominic Angerame, Bruce Baillie, Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, Sandra Davis, Tom Ditto, Victor Faccinto, Anna Geyer, Paul Glabicki, Barbara Hammer, Robert Huot, Lynn Marie Kirby, George Kuchar, Albert G. Nigrin, Tom Palazzolo, Lynne Sachs, Carolee Schneemann, Linda Scobie, Mark Street

This publication was generously supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposures program.

Editor/Designer: Courtney Fellion
Collaborator: Linda Scobie
Assistant: Joseph Yonker

Printed by Colpa Press, San Francisco
Edition of 400, hand-numbered
24 pages, with Risograph cover
7 x 8.5 inches