Film Classics in 16mm! Canyon Cinema 50 Film Tour
United States | 1964-2012 | various directors
Here’s the third 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. Decodings is named after Michael Wallin’s 1988 found-footage masterpiece, “a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory” (Manohla Dargis). The program begins with Lawrence Jordan’s Duo Concertantes (1964), a classic animation by one of Canyon’s earliest filmmakers, and Will Hindle’s Billabong (1969), an impressionistic documentary of a boys’ youth camp by another key Canyon figure. Tom Palazzolo’s 1973 Love It/Leave It offers a portrait of the USA that feels particularly relevant to our current political moment. Lie Back & Enjoy It (1982) is JoAnn Elam’s lucid examination of the representation of women in film; Cauleen Smith’s 1992 Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) is an “exploration of the implications of the mediation of Black history by film, television, magazines and newspapers” (Scott MacDonald); and Naomi Uman’s 1999 found-footage movie Removed deploys nail polish, bleach, and 1970s pornography to fashion a film where the female figure exists only as an empty, animated space. 9 films in all, 3 in new prints. Complete film titles at canyoncinema50.org/tour/. Total 87 min.
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General Admission: $10
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