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The San Francisco Art Institute Film Department and Canyon Cinema Present a series of 50th Anniversary Screenings

Celebrating 50 Years of Filmmaking at SFAI

Before becoming an accomplished painter and blues guitarist, Mike Henderson studied with Robert Nelson in the SFAI Film Department; between the 1960s and 1980s he sustained a filmmaking practice, creating a remarkable body of work that renders black experience and the joys and struggles of making art with humor and idiosyncrasy. He joins us to present his film The Shape of Things alongside canonical work from Nelson and George Kuchar, two of the filmmakers and teachers most closely associated with film at SFAI, and Bruce Conner, whose work and legacy has helped to define alternative cinema in the Bay Area. 

Free and open to the public. Introduced by Tanya Zimbardo.


  • Crossroads, Bruce Conner (1976)
  • Hold Me While I’m Naked, George Kuchar (1966)
  • The Off Handed Jape, Robert Nelson (1967)
  • The Shape of Things, Mike Henderson (1981)

This screening is the last of four taking place at the SFAI Lecture Hall in March and April to celebrate the legacy of SFAI’s Film Department. Each screening will feature the work of artists who have studied or taught at the college, along with films they select from the Canyon Cinema catalog.

March 11 – Curt McDowell with Mark Ellinger
March 25 – Scott Stark
April 3 – Kerry Laitala
April 10 – Mike Henderson

Canyon Cinema’s public programs are generously supported by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Program.


San Francisco Art Institute - San Francisco, United States


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 19:30



Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 19:30
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