Canyon Cinema

Canyon Cinema is a San Francisco based filmmakers' cooperative specializing in the distribution of avant-garde and experimental film. The organisation was instigated in about 1960 by Bruce Baillie as an exhibition outlet for independent film1, and was formally established as a non-profit distribution company in 1967. Today Canyon Cinema stands alongside as one of the only major sources for prints of avant-garde and experimental film in America.

History

Canyon Cinema existed for a number of years as a 'floating cinematheque,' a series of informal screenings that were held in the backyard of filmmaker Bruce Baillie, and soon moved to the basements and backyards of other Bay Area artists and filmmakers.

In 1967 the founding articles of incorporation of 'Canyon Cinema Inc. (A Non-Profit Corporation)' named Larry Jordan as president and Earl Bodien as secretary. The founding directors were Jordan, Ben Van Meter, Robert Nelson and Bruce Baillie. After the first election the directors became: Jordan, Van Meter, Emory Menefee and Loren Sears.2 Bruce Conner was also associated with the cooperative at this time. 3 

For a more complete history of Canyon Cinema, please see Scott MacDonald's book, 'Canyon Cinema: the life and times of an independent film distributor', University of California Press, 2008, ISBN 0520250877

Current staff 

Antonella Bonfanti (Director)
Seth Mitter (Collection Manager)

Board of Directors

Max Goldberg
Rebecca Meyers, Treasurer
Michelle Puetz, Secretary
Michael Renov, President
Steve Seid
Jeffrey Skoller

Contact data

Canyon Cinema
1777 Yosemite Ave Suite #210
San Francisco, California 94124
USA

Webpage http://www.canyoncinema.com 
Phone +1 415-626-2255
Fax +1 415-626-2255

  • 1. Scott MacDonald, Canyon Cinema: the life and times of an independent film distributor, University of California Press, 2008, p6. ISBN 0520250877
  • 2. Scott MacDonald, Canyon Cinema: the life and times of an independent film distributor, University of California Press, 2008, p16. ISBN 0520250877
  • 3. Barry Keith Grant, American Cinema of the 1960s: themes and variations, Rutgers University Press, 2008, p16. ISBN 0813542197

References: 

External links
http://www.canyoncinema.com Canyon Cinema website

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0052486 List of films distributed by Canyon Cinema, past and present, on IMDB (incomplete)
http://www.sf360.org/features/canyon-cinemas-dominic-angerame SF360: Canyon Cinema's Dominic Angerame
http://theeveningclass.blogspot.com/2006/06/canyon-cinemathe-evening-class.html Canyon Cinema — The Evening Class Interview With Dominic Angerame
http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10790.phpCanyon Cinema - Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor
http://artforum.com/film/id=20775 Rental History

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