Brett Kashmere
Executive Director
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Brett Kashmere is a media artist, curator, and writer living in Oakland, California. He is also the founding editor of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, an artist-run publication dedicated to the discourse, culture, and community of experimental film, video, and new media. He joined Canyon Cinema in 2020.

Kashmere’s writing on experimental cinema and alternative media exhibition has appeared in journals and magazines such as Millennium Film Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, The Brooklyn Rail, The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Moving Image Review & Art Journal, PUBLIC, Esse, and Take One; compendiums and anthologies including Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age, A Microcinema Primer: A Brief History of Small Cinemas, Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable, and The Films of Jack Chambers; and web publications such as Senses of Cinema, the Women’s Film and Television History Network blog, the NFB blog, and the Carnegie Museum of Art’s online journal, Storyboard. With Steve Polta, he is co-editor of the anthology Craig Baldwin: Avant to Live! (2022).

As a curator, Kashmere has created programs for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Strasbourg, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone, TIFF Cinematheque, Images Festival, Vtape, Winnipeg Cinematheque, MOCA Cleveland, VIA Festival of Music & New Media, San Francisco Cinematheque, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and Cinema Project. 

Kashmere has taught media production, exhibition practices, and film and television history at Concordia University, Oberlin College, and University of California, Santa Cruz. He received a BA in Film and Video Studies from the University of Regina, as well as an MA in Film Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. He’s currently a PhD candidate in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.

Seth Mitter

Collection Manager
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Seth Mitter joined Canyon Cinema in 2015, he has trained both as an audiovisual archivist and filmmaker. Seth holds an MLS specializing in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University. While at I.U. he worked with a collection of more than 80,000 16mm films as an archives assistant for the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. Seth also served as projectionist for the International Federation of Film Archives-member Indiana University Cinema.

Seth’s introduction to American avant-garde and independent cinema began while studying 16mm production with the filmmaking faculty at The New School in New York, where he earned a BA concentrating in cultural studies and media.  He went on to work several years with The Film-Makers’ Cooperative and as an itinerant projectionist in micro-cinema and gallery film exhibition in NYC. Seth has been involved in curating and presenting screenings of small-gauge and experimental films for over 10 years.

A member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and a regular participant in Home Movie Day amateur film preservation events, Seth’s interests include preservation of the work of non-theatrical and artist filmmakers and points of intersection between filmmaking and archival practice.