Bruce Baillie In Person, with Ernest Callenbach

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Date: Mon Oct 09 2006 - 13:44:49 PDT

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15th at 7:30 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street (corner of Third)


The Canyon CinemaNews Years
Bruce Baillie In Person, with Ernest Callenbach

The lesser-known work of Bay Area filmmaker Bruce Baillie (Castro
Street), co-founder of San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema
(then Canyon Cinematheque) is being screened at Cinematheque on
Sunday, Oct 15. BRUCE BAILLIE, who now resides in Washington state,
will be present in person and will engage in a pre-screening
discussion with ERNEST CALLENBACH, founder and editor of Film
Quarterly and a UC Berkeley professor, in whose backyard many of the
early Canyon films were conceived and created.

The six films in this program were all made between 1961 and 1966, and
together they present an eloquent and surprising portrait of San
Francisco and Northern California in the early 1960s. In his
remarkable first film, On Sundays, and the later Mass for the Dakota
Sioux, Baillie evokes San Francisco and its human and physical
landscapes as no other filmmaker has done. Mournful rather than
celebratory, revealing idiosyncratic details rather clichéd sites,
Baillie's films include elliptical narrative elements and documentary
portraits as they weave images and sounds into exquisite city sonatas.
 Several of the shorter works - portraits of individuals, a school
for the handicapped, a Native American reservation, and a public gym,
were made under the auspices of the Canyon CinemaNews Unit - primarily
Bailie himself - which created documentaries that remain a poignant
record of a specific historical and geographical moment. In today's
world of billions of sound and image bytes, Baillie's lyrical and
elliptical approach to documentary is one that perhaps needs to be
seen and heard again.

$8 general admission
$6 Cinematheque members, seniors, students (w.ID)

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