Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street, Berkeley
$12.00 General Admission / $7.00 for BAMPFA members
Read the full press release for this event here.
“Fifty years after incorporating as an artist cooperative in 1967, Canyon Cinema continues to champion avant-garde and experimental filmmaking in the Bay Area and beyond. Today the internationally renowned distributor cares for a collection of some 3,500 works representing the full range of experimental cinema from the 1930s to the present. A celebration of bodies, film, and light, this program features a selection of works made by several of Canyon’s founding members and their contemporaries. From the mournful lyricism of Mass for the Dakota Sioux to the transcendent kisses of Amphetamine, the rapturous commingled bodies of Dyketactics to the sensory bliss of Straight and Narrow, these films embed elegy and ecstasy in the emulsion of 16mm film.” –Kate MacKay
Elegy to Ecstasy: Films From Canyon Cinema
Mass for the Dakota Sioux by Bruce Baillie (20 min, 16mm)
Amphetamine by Warren Sonbert and Wendy Appel (10 min, 16mm)
Incantations by Peter Rose (8.5min, 16mm)
Dyketactics by Barbara Hammer (4min, 16mm)
Angel Blue Sweet Wings by Chick Strand (3min, 16mm)
My Name is Oona by Gunvor Nelson (10min, 16mm)
Straight and Narrow by Tony Conrad (10min, 16mm)
Edith Kramer was manager of Canyon Cinema from 1967 to 1970 and film curator at SFMOMA before joining the BAMPFA staff in 1975; she was senior film curator and PFA director from 1983 until her retirement in 2005.
Antonella Bonfanti is director of the Canyon Cinema Foundation; committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America.
Presented in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, this event is part of a yearlong series of programming in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema’s incorporation as a distributor of independent artist-made film.
Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.