This program celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco-based experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema includes canonical and should-be canonical works of experimental cinema by Gunvor Nelson, Pat O’Neill, Tomonari Nishikawa, Dominic Angerame, and others. Continuum is named for Angerame’s silent and exquisitely filmed black and white 1987 city portrait. The program also features Bay Area filmmaker Karen Holmes’ underappreciated late 1970s landscape and performance film, Saving the Proof; Los Angeles effects artist and filmmaker Pat O’Neill’s 1973 masterpiece Down Wind; Gunvor Nelson’s My Name is Oona, one of the canonical works of the American avant-garde; and two works from the mid-2000s: Tomonari Nishikawa’s frenetic single-frame city portrait, Market Street, and animator Janie Geiser’s Terrace 49. The program is bookended with Valentin De Las Sierras and Mujer De Milfuegos, films by Canyon Cinema founders Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand, that continue to resonate as vital, adventurous film art.
- Valentin de Las Sierras* Bruce Baillie 10 mins 1968
- My Name is Oona Gunvor Nelson 10 mins 1969
- Down Wind Pat O’Neill 15 mins 1973
- Terrace 49 Janie Geiser 5 mins 2004
- Market Street Tomonari Nishikawa 5 mins 2005
- Continuum Dominic Angerame 14 mins 1987
- Saving the Proof Karen Holmes 11 mins 1979
- Mujer de Milfuegos* Chick Strand 15 mins 1976
- * = new prints
Cosponsored with the Dept. of Art. 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.