Studies in Natural Magic

  • Wed Mar 28
Studies in the Natural Magic

With series curator David Dinnell in person


This program celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco-based experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema features recent films by Saul Levine, Charlotte Pryce, and Christopher Harris; rarely screened films by Standish Lawder and Jean Sousa; sublimely filmed and acutely perceived portraits of cities, seas, skies, and landscapes by Peter Hutton, Julie Murray, Gary Beydler, Robert Fulton, and Emily Richardson; Betzy Bromberg’s audacious and energetic feminist punk city symphony; Degrees of Limitation, one of Scott Stark’s earliest films, a humorous 3-minute structuralist gem; and Portland, a mid-90s travelogue and playful Rashomon-like inquiry into the nature of truth by Greta Snider.

  • Catfilm for Katy and Cynnie* Standish Lawder 3 mins 1973
  • Light Lick (Amen) Saul Levine 4 mins 2017
  • Ciao Bella or Fuck Me Dead* Betzy Bromberg 9 mins 1978
  • Swish Jean Sousa 3 mins 1982
  • 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) Christopher Harris 3 mins 2009
  • Redshift Emily Richardson 4 mins 2001
  • A Study in Natural Magic Charlotte Pryce 3 mins 2013
  • Starlight Robert Fulton 5 mins 1970
  • Hand Held Day* Gary Beydler 6 mins 1975
  • Portland Greta Snider 12 mins 1996
  • Degrees of Limitation* Scott Stark 3 mins 1982
  • Shrimp Boat Log David Gatten 6 mins 2010
  • Boston Fire Peter Hutton 8 mins 1979
  • Orchard Julie Murray 10 mins 2004
  • * = new print

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.


16mm color
1 hour 19 minutes
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