Re: Bay Area films 1940's -- 1960's

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 11 2007 - 12:56:25 PST

Hi Jeremy. The only film I specifically remember
involving Jess is IN BETWEEN, which you mention
(Brakhage and Jess and Michael McClure were roommates
for a bit in San Francisco I believe). Other chestnuts
which deal directly with "Beat Era" San Francisco are
works by Sidney Peterson (spec. THE PETRIFIED DOG and
THE CAGE and Bruce Conner. Cooner is out of
distribution; Peterson from Canyon. You know all this.
Broughton usually gets screened in this context as
well (also from Canyon). One film that is actually
pretty strong is TRIPTYCH IN FOUR PARTS by Larry
Jordan (Canyon); Jordan most certainly hung out/ has
an affiliation with with Jess. Finally, an excellent
film, from the '70s actually but doing a great Bay
Area counterculture lyrical thing, a film which is
quite underappreciated, is Peter Hutton's "July '71 in
San Francisco, Living at Beach Street, Working at
Canyon Cinema, Swimming in the Valley of the Moon."
Dion Vigne, subject of a film by David Sherman, also
gets grouped in here; PFA just screened a bunch of his
works last year, but I didn't go, and don't really
know the work.

This is all obvious, top-of the head stuff. Maybe what
your show needs. These Bay Area shows screen, not
surprisingly, quite a bit in the Bay Area. Past
Cinematheque calendars are loaded with them. Let me
know if you'd like more information...

Steve Polta
San Francisco Cinematheque

--- Jeremy Rossen <email suppressed> wrote:

> Hey All,
> Reed College has asked Cinema Project to curate a
> film program to go along with artist Jess Collins
> exhibition at the Cooley Gallery at Reed College
> this April. I was hoping that people had
> recommendations for Bay Area films from 1940-1960's
> that are related to Jess. I am already am aware of
> Cristopher Maclaine's films, Brakhage's In Between,
> and Ron Rice's films.
> Thank you in advance!
> Best,
> Jeremy Rossen
> Cinema Project
> Portland, Oregon
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