Canyon Cinema 50 in October

Women are front and center this month, with screenings featuring Dorothy Wiley, Gunvor Nelson, Chick Strand, Lynn Marie Kirby and more…

One of the themes that has emerged for Canyon Cinema 50 in October is the position of women in experimental cinema, and the vibrant, challenging, and politically engaged work they have produced over the last fifty years. We have four screenings and collaborations this month that attest to this legacy. First up is Romance and Rage, the third Canyon Cinema 50 event at BAMPFA; then we’re back in San Francisco for a presentation of Canyon works from our friends at Other Cinema, a rare screening of Gunvor Nelson and Dorothy Wiley’s Five Artists at the San Francisco Art Institute, and a free evening of women-made films at California College of the Arts curated by Tess Takahashi and Denah Johnston.

October 11 // 7:00 PM // BAMPFA
Romance and Rage

Presented in association with the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.
Tickets$12.00 ($7.00 BAMPFA members)

Canyon Cinema 50 at BAMPFA continues next Wednesday with Romance and Rage, an evening of five films made between 1978 and 1992 by women in the Canyon catalog. Selected and introduced by filmmaker and teacher Jeffrey Skoller, the program presents different strategies employed by women to engage with questions of love, politics, art, and identity. Included are works by Cauleen Smith, Chick Strand, and Stephanie Beroes, as well as longtime Bay Area filmmakers Lynn Marie Kirby and Sandra Davis, who will join us in person.

Program includes:
Recital, Stephanie Beroes (1978)
Sincerely, Lynn Marie Kirby (1980)
Maternal Filigree, Sandra Davis (1980)
Fake Fruit Factory, Chick Strand (1986)
Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron), Cauleen Smith (1992)

October 14 // 8:30 PM // Artists’ Television Access
16mm Mothership

Presented in association with Other Cinema.
Tickets – $7.00 General Admission

Local visual artist Courtney Fellon and filmmaker Linda Scobie have curated this evening of rarely-seen Canyon work for Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema, which is headlined by Chick Strand’s critical media collage Loose Ends. Also included are The Glass System, Mark LaPore’s ethnographic study of globalized capitalism between New York and Calcutta, Blood Story, a work of street poetry by Greta Snider, and Babobilicons, Daina Krumins’ masterwork of surrealist animation. Come early (and stay late!) for champagne, a raffle, and the opportunity to purchase the fifth issue of the Canyon Cinemazine.

Program includes:
Babobilicons, Daina Krumins (1982)
The Glass System, Mark LaPore (2000)
Blood Story, Greta Snider (1990)
Loose Ends, Chick Strand (1979)

October 17 // 7:00 PM // San Francisco Art Institute
Five Artists: BillBobBillBillBob

Presented in association with San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Art Institute’s Graduate Lecture Series. Part of SF Cinematheque’s fall series Center of Gravity: Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley.
Tickets$10.00 (free to SF Cinematheque members and SFAI students and faculty)

On Tuesday the 17th, we are joining our siblings at San Francisco Cinematheque to present Dorothy Wiley and Gunvor Nelson’s film Five Artists: BillBobBillBillBob at the San Francisco Art Institute. Curated and introduced by Tanya Zimbardo, this is a very special screening–the film follows the lives and careers of Robert Nelson, William Allen, William Geis, Robert Hudson, and William T. Wiley, a close-knit cohort of SFAI-affiliated artists, and it has not shown in the Bay Area in nearly forty years. The screening is the inaugural event in Cinematheque’s Center of Gravity: Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley, a multi-venue fall series considering the artists’ pioneering filmmaking and milieu. Full details coming soon. Special Guests TBA!

October 24 // 7:30 PM // California College of the Arts
Women Take Off

Presented in association with California College of the Arts.
Free admission.

Artist, filmmaker and teacher Denah Johnston and 2016 Canyon scholar-in-residence Tess Takahashi took a deep dive into the catalog for our last event of the month, Women Take Off. Featuring nine women filmmakers–some well-known and others criminally under-seen–the films in this free screening utilize found footage, optical printing, documentary, dance, performance, and repetition to challenge patriarchy, critique representations of women in popular culture, and examine the sexual politics underpinning film and society. The screening will be followed with an on-stage conversation between Johnston and Takahashi. Special guests TBA!

Program includes:
Women, Coni Beeson (1974)
Grain Graphics, Dana Plays (1978)
Swish, Jean Sousa (1982)
Too Young, Elizabeth Sher (1982)
Portland, Greta Snider (1996)
Roseblood, Sharon Couzin (1974)
Removed, Naomi Uman (1999)
Lie Back & Enjoy It, JoAnn Elam (1982)
Take Off, Gunvor Nelson (1972)