Film Classics in 16mm! Canyon Cinema 50 Film Tour
United States | 1958-2012 | various directors
The first of four programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema, a longtime San Francisco-based distributor of truly independent, often experimental short works by major American filmmakers. This program is named after John Smith’s 1975 film, a joyfully dense, rebus-like image-word construction. It is preceded by Sara Kathryn Arledge’s rarely seen 1958 work What Is a Man, a film years ahead of its time, and Mark Toscano’s 2012 piece Releasing Human Energies, in which film lab test footage of a “China Girl” is set to a found text read by Morgan Fisher. Also showing: Abigail Child’s 1989 classic Mercy, from her celebrated “Is This What You Were Born For?” series; canonical works by Phil Solomon, Barbara Hammer, Robert Breer, and Robert Nelson; and two recent restorations, the humorously poignant Confessions by Curt McDowell, and Akbar, an extraordinary 1970 portrait of a young black film student by Northeast Ohio’s Richard Myers, who is unable to appear in person at our screening. 12 films in all, 6 in new prints. Complete film titles at canyoncinema50.org/tour/. Total 90 min.
Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
The Canyon Cinema 50 project is organized by the Canyon Cinema Foundation and supported in part by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.
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General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $7 (or the member price for that film)
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