The program is named after Michael Wallin’s found-footage masterpiece, “a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory” (Manohla Dargis). The program begins with Duo Concertantes, a classic animation by one of Canyon’s earliest filmmakers, Lawrence Jordan, and Billabong, an underappreciated impressionistic documentary of a boys’ youth camp by another key Canyon figure, Will Hindle. Tom Palazzolo’s 1973 film, Love It/Leave It, offers a portrait of the USA that feels particularly relevant to our current political moment. Lie Back & Enjoy It, JoAnn Elam’s lucid examination of the representation of women in film; artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith’s 1992 Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron), an “exploration of the implications of the mediation of Black history by film, television, magazines and newspapers” (Scott MacDonald); and Naomi Uman’s classic 1999 found-footage film Removed, which deploys nail polish, bleach, and 1970s exploitation films to fashion a film where the female figure exists only as an empty, animated space. 1964-2012, U.S., 16mm, 87 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.