Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distrib

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Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the development of in"MacDonald's selections tread a pitch-perfect path between being
comprehensive and making an engrossing and illuminating narrative. He
has perfected his voice, and controls the entire history of U.S.
avant-garde film with an easy and graceful confidence."--David E.
James, author of The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles

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Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the development of independent cinema. Drawing from extensive conversations with men and women crucial to Canyon Cinema, from its newsletter Canyon Cinemanews, and from other key sources, MacDonald offers a lively chronicle of the life and times of this influential, idiosyncratic film exhibition and distribution collective. His book features many primary documents that are as engaging and relevant now as they were when originally published, including essays, poetry, experimental writing, and drawings.

Contents
Introduction

1. Formation
2. Incorporation
Conversation with Edith Kramer
Portfolio
3. Revitalization
Conversation with Diane Kitchen, 3/02
Portfolio
4: Intellectualization
Conversation with Bruce Conner, 7/01
Portfolio
5: Maintenance
Conversation with Dominic Angerame, 8/02
Porfolio

Appendix 1: Canyon Cinema Employees, 1969 to the Present
Appendix 2. Canyon Cinema's Gross Rentals and Sales, 1966-2005
Credits
Index

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