1967 was the year that the Canyon Cinema Co-op was born in San Francisco. Formed as a distribution cooperative for films made by members, it grew out of the itinerant Canyon Cinema formed a few years earlier by a loose association of Bay Area artist-filmmakers. The Canyon Co-Op was the west coast’s contribution to a growing international network for showing and seeing films that fell outside the bounds of polite manners, censors’ approval, and art-world decorum. In its early years operating out of apartments, an abandoned church, and a condemned building, the Canyon Co-op sent out dispatches in the form of 16mm film reels screening for audiences around the country hungering for the liberatory gospel of west coast counterculture. This program gathers key figures from of the original generation of Canyon filmmakers, presenting a selection of their works capturing the spirit of that founding year 1967.
- The Bed (James Broughton, 1968, 20 min, color)
- Square Inch Field (David Rimmer, 1968, 12 min, color)
- Waterfall (Chick Strand, 1967, 3 min, color)
- FFFTCM (Will Hindle, 1967, 5 min, color)
- Unfolding (Coni Beeson, 1970, 16 min, B&W)
All works presented in 16mm.
Presented in conjunction with the de Young Museum, 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.