Canyon Cinema 50 May Events

Canyon Cinema 50 continues with screenings and collaborations in May. Better late than never–here’s what we’re doing this month.

April was a busy month: we teamed up with Minnesota Street Projects for a screening at their Fake Newsroom exhibition, hosted Jodie Mack at the Exploratorium and Craig Baldwin at Pro Arts, and let Guy Maddin dig through our collection for a program at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The work goes on this month with a very special screening at the Pacific Film Archive, a Salon with Gordon Ball, and the annual CROSSROADS festival, presented by SF Cinematheque.

First, we travel to Berkeley tomorrow for a screening that features legendary work by Canyon’s founders and their contemporaries.

On the bill are films by Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, Tony Conrad, and others. We’ll be ending the night with a conversation about Canyon and its history between Antonella Bonfanti, our director, and indomitable former Canyon manager and PFA director, Edith Kramer.

Elegy to Ecstasy with Edith Kramer
May 11 // 7:00 PM // BAMPFA
Tickets – $12.00 ($7.00 for BAMPFA members)

Program includes:
Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Bruce Baillie (1964)
Amphetamine, Warren Sonbert (1966)
Incantations, Peter Rose (1971)
Dyketactics, Barbara Hammer (1974)
Angel Blue Sweet Wings, Chick Strand (1966)
My Name is Oona, Gunvor Nelson (1969)
Straight and Narrow, Tony Conrad (1970)

In 1980, Gordon Ball adopted a phrase from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, “technical sincerity,” as a touchstone for his first-person filmmaking.

In the next iteration of our regular Salon series, the filmmaker will arrive in San Francisco to show and discuss six films from his body of work that exemplify this mode. This event follows a reading Ball will be doing at the legendary City Lights bookstore from his collection On Tokyo’s Edge on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM. Why not join us for both nights?

Technical Sincerity with Gordon Ball
May 18 // 7:30 PM // 16 Sherman

Program includes:
Georgia (1966)
Sitting (1977)
Father Movie (1978)
Enthusiasm (1979)
Mexican Jail Footage (1980)
Millbrook (1985)

Canyon Cinema is proud to be a community partner of CROSSROADS 2017, presented May 19th-May 21st at the Phyllis Wattis Theater by San Francisco Cinematheque and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde, experimental, underground and personally expressive film and video work. In our steadfast dedication to exhibiting works of aesthetically radical cinema from all historical eras and geo-political locales, San Francisco Cinematheque celebrates the breadth and depth of this vibrant art form in all its myriad expressivities.

CROSSROADS 2017 is the eighth manifestation of San Francisco Cinematheque’s annual film festival, to be held May 19–21, 2017 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The festival will showcase 60–70 new film/video works by emerging and established filmmakers, including performance and works of “live cinema.” The festival program schedule can be viewed here. Tickets are on sale now–buy them here. #xrds17