Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film by Scott MacDonald

By Scott MacDonald

Bringing alive a extraordinary second in American cultural background, Scott MacDonald tells the colourful tale of the way a small, yard association within the San Francisco Bay region emerged within the Nineteen Sixties and developed to develop into a massive strength within the improvement of self sufficient cinema. Drawing from large conversations with women and men the most important to Canyon Cinema, from its e-newsletter Canyon Cinemanews, and from different key resources, MacDonald bargains a full of life chronicle of the lifestyles and instances of this influential, idiosyncratic movie exhibition and distribution collective. His ebook gains many fundamental files which are as enticing and correct now as they have been while initially released, together with essays, poetry, experimental writing, and drawings.

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20. Bruce Baillie in my interview with him in A Critical Cinema 2 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), 113– 14. 21. Callenbach in Canyon Cinemanews, no. 2:7. 22. Bruce Baillie, letter to New Canyon Cinemanews, no. 1 (January 1995): 6. 23. Unpublished interview with Chick Callenbach, November 6, 2002. 24. 2:10. 25. David Sherman in an unpublished interview, April 24, 2004. Ken DeRoux, who worked at Canyon from 1969 to 1973 in a variety of capacities, was in charge of Canyon screenings for some years.

I can only offer my apologies to readers, and to those who remember Canyon and the Cinemanews, for whatever unfortunate distortions my choices have created. My hope is that what is here is valuable enough to compensate for my failings. If in time other scholars are drawn back to this historical moment—and to the films that inspired it—in order to provide correctives or further explorations, that will be very good news, indeed. Writing/assembling a book of this sort is a long-term proposition. I began conceiving of Canyon Cinema in the late 1990s.

2:7. 22. Bruce Baillie, letter to New Canyon Cinemanews, no. 1 (January 1995): 6. 23. Unpublished interview with Chick Callenbach, November 6, 2002. 24. 2:10. 25. David Sherman in an unpublished interview, April 24, 2004. Ken DeRoux, who worked at Canyon from 1969 to 1973 in a variety of capacities, was in charge of Canyon screenings for some years. During the period when Canyon’s office was in the basement of Intersection, the Canyon screenings would take place upstairs in what had been a church; the seats, as DeRoux remembers, were pews.

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