3-9-17 // Canyon Cinema 50 – Celebrate the Middle Ages, Anniversary and Benefit Party

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 7pm-midnight
Starline Social Club | 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way | Oakland
Buy Tickets ($20-$100, $5 late night special starting at 10pm). 
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Celebrate the Middle Ages officially kicks-off Canyon Cinema 50!
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In 2017 Canyon Cinema is celebrating 50 years as one of the world’s key independent distributors of artist-made film and media. Join us for an evening of film and musical performances, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, libations and dancing to commemorate the remarkable achievements of the community who supported Canyon for five decades. Mingle with filmmakers and friends as we honor Canyon’s half-century journey and celebrate the future of experimental film.

This event has been made possible through the generous support of the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and George Lucas Family Foundation.

All proceeds will benefit Canyon Cinema Foundation 501(c)3.
Host Bar: 7-9pm | Cash Bar: 9-midnight  

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
The Mutants
The Mike Henderson Band
DJ Phengren Oswald of the Saturday Night Soul Party
Projections by Paul Clipson
Master of ceremonies Jonathan Marlow

7pm | Doors and opening remarks
7:30pm | The Mike Henderson Band
8:00pm – 8:30pm | Celebrating 50 years, a conversation with Canyon Cinema’s earliest filmmaker members, recent and past staff and voluteers
9:15pm | The Mutants
10pm | DJ Phengren Oswald of the Saturday Night Soul Party

Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite:

$20.00 Golden Sprocket General Admission includes admission to the celebration, access to all entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine (7-9pm).

$50.00 Full Frame Friend Admission includes admission to the celebration, access to all entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine (7-9pm). Plus, you’ll receive a beautiful CC50 logo tote bag (designed by David Kasprzak, your choice of silver or gold) and a free admission to see Alex Mackenzie’s Apparitions at the Exploratorium on March 10th.

$100.00 Exciter Bulb Buddy Admission 
includes admission to the celebration, access to all entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine (7-9pm). Plus, you’ll receive a beautiful CC50 logo tote bag and a free admission to see Alex Mackenzie’s Apparitions at the Exploratorium on March 10th. In addition, you’ll receive a limited edition silkscreened commemorative poster designed by Nathaniel Russell.

Limited edition poster designed by Nathaniel Russell (2-color / 18 x 24 silkscreen prints / edition of 100)


Paul Clipson
is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films have screened around the world in festivals and at sound and film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival and the Cinémathèque Française

The Mike Henderson Band is a guitar, bass and drums trio formed in the Bay Area. Painter and filmmaker Mike Henderson fronts the band with guitar and lead vocals in the style of Chicago blues dance music. Henderson, a former Canyon Cinema filmmaker, has performed with Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Reed, Luther Tucker, Sunnyland Slim and alongside many other great blues legends.

The Mutants are one of the Bay Area’s first wave of art/punk bands to form in 1977, coalescing around a group of students from the SF Art Institute and California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Their particular brand of melodic and high-energy power pop is unique in the SF music scene, with much of the same core lineup still playing after all these years, with new human additions from local legends Frightwig and Negativland added to the team. Among their earliest fans and documentarians was Canyon Cinema luminary, Bruce Conner, whose photographs of the Mutants are featured in the Conner retrospective, “It’s All True.”

Phengren Oswald collector of 45s, purveying of good times and one of the founding members of the Saturday Night Soul Party, one of San Francisco’s longest running soul-specific, dance-all-night-go-crazy-ape-bananas events. Mr. Oswald enjoys going for bike rides to the beach, taking in a good movie now and again, and dropping High Velocity Soul Music at 45RPM all night long!