Continuum is named for Dominic Angerame’s silent and exquisitely filmed black and white 1987 city portrait. The program also features Bay Area filmmaker Karen Holmes’ underappreciated late 1970s landscape and performance film, Saving the Proof; Los Angeles effects artist and filmmaker Pat O’Neill’s 1973 masterpiece Down Wind; Gunvor Nelson’s My Name is Oona, one of the canonical works of the American avant-garde; and two works from the mid-2000s: Tomonari Nishikawa’s frenetic single-frame city portrait, Market Street, and animator Janie Geiser’s Terrace 49. The program is bookended with Valentin De Las Sierras and Mujer De Milfuegos, films by Canyon Cinema founders Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand that continue to resonate as vital, adventurous film art. 1968-2005, U.S., 16mm, 85 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
Canyon Cinema 50
Canyon Cinema, the Bay Area grassroots non-profit distribution network for alternative and avant garde cinema, celebrates its 50th anniversary with this touring series of four programs composed of 42 films drawn from its collection of more than 3,400 titles. The thematic programs curated by David Dinnell, visiting faculty at Californian Institute of the Arts and former Program Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, celebrates Canyon’s history and relevance as a purveyor of and advocate for artist-made cinema. 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.