Canyon Cinema at 50: Studies in Natural Magic

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:30 pm

This program of works from San Francisco experimental-film distributor Canyon Cinema, one of DIM’s favourite partners, is curated by David Dinnell, visiting faculty at CalArts and former program director at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Studies in Natural Magic features recent films by Saul Levine, Charlotte Pryce, and Christopher Harris; rarely screened films by Standish Lawder and Jean Sousa; sublimely shot and acutely perceived portraits of cities, seas, skies, and landscapes by Peter Hutton, Julie Murray, Gary Beydler, Robert Fulton, and Emily Richardson; an audacious, energetic, feminist punk city-symphony by Betzy Bromberg; Degrees of Limitation, one of Scott Stark’s earliest films, a humorous 3-minute structuralist gem; and Portland, a mid-90s travelogue and playful Rashomon-like inquiry into the nature of truth by Greta Snider.

PLUS! Because we’re celebrating Canyon’s 50th, we’ll also be showing July '71 in San Francisco, Living at Beach Street, Working at Canyon Cinema, Swimming in the Valley of the Moon, a diary film by Hutton.

Light Lick (Amen) |  Saul Levine 2017. 4 min.
Catfilm for Katy and Cynnie | Standish Lawder 1973. 3 min.
Ciao Bella or Fuck Me Dead | Betzy Bromberg 1978. 9 min.
28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) | Christopher Harris 2009. 3 min.
Redshift | Emily Richardson 2001. 4 min.
A Study in Natural Magic | Charlotte Pryce 2013. 3 min.
Starlight | Robert Fulton 1970. 5 min.
Swish | Jean Sousa 1982. 3 min.
Hand Held Day | Gary Beydler 1975. 6 min.
Portland | Greta Snider 1996. 12 min.
Degrees of Limitation | Scott Stark 3 min 1982
Shrimp Boat Log | David Gatten 2010. 6 min.
Boston Fire | Peter Hutton 1979. 8 min.
Orchard | Julie Murray 2004. 10 min.
July '71 in San Francisco, Living at Beach Street, Working at Canyon Cinema, Swimming in the Valley of the Moon | Peter Hutton 1971. 35 min.

Format: 16mm
Total running time: 114 min.

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.

Image: Still from Charlotte Pryce, A Study in Natural Magic, 2013