New Films From Canyon Cinema Spring 2008

From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jun 02 2008 - 09:50:30 PDT

Below are the current new releases from Canyon Cinema.
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Dominic Angerame
Executive Director, Canyon Cinema

Canyon Cinema, Summer 2008

New Releases by...

-Adam Beckett
-William Farley
-d.a. johnston
-Lawrence Jordan
-Alexis Krasilovsky
-Jennifer Reeves

Works now on DVD by...

-Dominic Angerame
-William Farley
-Alexis Krasilovsky
-Suzan Pitt
-Andrej Zdravic

Adam Beckett

Newly preserved prints of Evolution of the Red Star,
Heavy Light, Flesh Flows, Sausage City and Kitsch in
Synch courtesy Iota Center and Academy Film Archive.

Dear Janice

Newly preserved print courtesy Iota Center and Academy
Film Archive.

What starts off as a simple letter of greeting to the
mysterious Janice gradually evolves into a swirling
vortex of hearts, breasts, sausages, and other
objects, mind-boggling in its visual density. Adam‚s
first completed and shown work, this film is a
hypnotic and fascinating show of his mastery of
unconventional animation and printing techniques, and
very sharply points the way to later works like
Evolution of the Red Star and Sausage City. (Mark

1972, 16mm, color/so, 15m, $45


William Farley
In Between The Notes

Pandit Pran Nath is the last Raga singer in a long
line of North Indian vocal masters in the Kirana style
of Indian classical music. This documentary follows
Pran Nath back to India and traces his journey.
Accompanied by his disciple, the American avant-garde
composer Terry Riley, the film celebrates the Indian
musician's life and work. Produced by Jim Newman.

Signed by the filmmaker.

1985-86, color/so, 28m, DVD Sale: $50 individuals,
$175 institutions
Arianna's Journey: a pilgrimage of faith

Arianna‚s Journey: a pilgrimage of faith (2007) is the
story of a woman who has the gift of healing, and her
travels in pursuit of her spiritual destiny. Arianna
lives outside Milan in the small town of Novara, where
she was born. Her husband Carlo runs his father‚s
grocery store.

Since she was 14, Arianna has emanated heat from her
hands. Her mother reports that, "sometimes she could
even burn you if you touched her." Not accepting any
payment for her healing, Arianna works on people from
near and far by laying her hands on them: "I interact
with the soul, not with the body. The body is
suffering when the soul is suffering.‰ In the most
extreme form of this kind of healing, Arianna performs
an exorcism on a local woman who is suffering from
severe psychological problems. She explains that
„Satan is not the rival of God, but he is helping on
this earth to highlight human sins [...] though he
frightened me at first, I‚m not afraid of him now,
because I know that evil always brings good."

Since the age of 6 Arianna has believed that she will
give birth to the next Christ-consciousness. She says
that she has no free will, and acts only upon an inner
compass, through which God directs her journey.

These inner directives take her to ancient sacred
caves in the Pyrenees; peyote fields in the high
Mexican desert; and holy shrines in Israel and
Palestine. The film is a meditation on the sublime and
the mundane aspects of a modern day pilgrimage of

Signed by the filmmaker.

2007, color/so, 30m, DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $175
John O'Keefe's Adaptation of Walt Whitman's Song of

"It's the sort of event that makes you wonder, after
sitting through it, how you ever lived without it."
- Michael Feingold, Village Voice

Signed by the filmmaker.

2007, color/so, DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $175

d.a. johnston

Denah Johnston employs optical printing and hand
development in her filmmaking, leaving a certain
degree of her process to chance operations. Currently
Johnston is exploring various methods of
re-photography, sound construction and manipulation in
her new works with found footage source materials, in
pre-production on a documentary film about Underground
movements in music and film 1987-84 in New York City
and Berlin and programming a George Kuchar
Retrospective for the 2009 San Francisco International
LGBT Film Festival. Influenced by Stan Brakhage, Maya
Deren and the writings of William S. Burroughs, she
has most recently screened films in Malaysia, Saint
Petersburg, Russia and Berlin. She has also shown work
at New Nothing Cinema in San Francisco, California,
Offi Cinema Festival in Bologna, Italy, Pacific Film
Archive in Berkeley, California and the Athens
International Film & Video Festival, where she
received a Juror‚s Prize for Best Experimental Film
(flux). She has been curating film screenings globally
for the past two years and the Bay Area for six years.
Johnston has exhibited photography works in Italy and
the Czech Republic, and collaborates extensively with
artists in various fields including DJs, painters,
musicians and dancers. Currently an ABD (all but
dissertation) PhD candidate at the European Graduate
School in Switzerland, Denah has received her M.F.A.
from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco,
California in 2004 and a B.F.A. in Photography with a
Film Studies Minor from Ohio University in Athens,
Ohio in 1999.


the spaces between memory and perception, dream and
waking reveal themselves on the film surface.
glimpses, impressions, momentary clarity shifts to
obscurity and afterimage. this is a film about film, a
film that is process-oriented and takes its time.
finding a language without speech, communication is
possible by other means. how to merge experience with
afterimages, ciphers, messengers carrying the weight
of meaning that comes from exterior places: it could
be that people dream to close the gaps between
consciousness and memory. . .

consider this a film about grief, passage and
remembering that looking isn‚t always seeing.

„a remnant from the future‰
- Christian Farrell, SILT collective

2003, 16mm, b&w/so, 5m, $25
DVD Sale: $35 home; $175 institutions


anxiety fear and waiting.
the resistance to change persists
but the moon will have its way
transforming one form into another
observance of disquiet
the instinct to hold on
when there is no solid ground

a real and essential presence imply also a substantial

2004, 16mm, b&w/so, 8m, $25
DVD Sale: $35 home; $175 institutions

Lawrence Jordan


Recently restored by Anthology Film Archives

Stan Brakhage stars as the constricted love in this
spoof of pseudo-erotic card play.

1955, 16mm, b&w/so, 7m, $30

Spectre Mystagogic

Recently restored by Anthology Film Archives

This films is about the illusion of existence, and the
migration of human qualities through light and shadow,
as are all my films of the 1950's. Poet Michal McClure
and his then wife, Joanna, and poet Kenneth Rexroth's
daughter, Mary, exist only as figments of black and
white photography. The real story lies in the
permutations of light and shade as human shapes move
through them. This is probably my best effort from
that period.

1957, 16mm, b&w/so, 8m, $30

The Miracle of Don Cristobal

For a long time I have wanted to construct a melodrama
(animated) from the funky engravings of the 19th
century which illustrated "young peoples" adventure
stories. Eventually, through a great deal of
selection, such a film fell into place. I have
attempted to present the high emotional overlay of
very mundane events in this "alchemical melodrama." To
that end, Puccini combines with blatent sounds of
police sirens and old door buzzers on the sound track,
while "real" and nightmare images compete for screen

2008, 16mm, color/so, 11 min. $35

Alexis Krasilovsky

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves

Winner: BEST OF THE FESTˇ Literary Award, 2008
Austin Woman's Film, Music and Literary Festival

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves: Selected
Videopoems and Poems of Alexis Krasilovsky (Rafael
Film, 2008) is a DVD that allows the viewer to
navigate between the videopoems and between poems of
several illustrated collections. The DVD's videopoems
include What Memphis Needs, screened in the Museum of
Modern Art's "Between Word and Image"ˇ; Exile,
aired nationally on PBS, and Inside Story, an ode to a
cervix -- the first experimental film using endoscopic
camerawork. Also included are three previously
published chapbooks of poetry (Some Women Writers Kill
Themselves, Some Men, and Abuse of Privacy), and
Self-Portrait as a Geisha, a collection of new poems.

2007, digital video, color/b&w/so, 35m Signed DVD
Sale: $75 Home, $225 Institutions

Jennifer Reeves

Jennifer Reeves (b. 1971, Ceylon) is a New York-based
filmmaker working primarily on 16mm. Her films have
shown extensively, from the Berlin, New York,
Vancouver, London, Sundance, and Seoul Film Festivals
to many Microcinemas in the US and Canada, the Robert
Flaherty Seminar, Princeton University, and the Museum
of Modern Art. In 2007 Reeves performed her
double-projection films LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER and
HE WALKED AWAY (with music by Anthony Burr) at
Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center, AFI Fest,
Diapason Gallery in New York, Kino Arsenal in Berlin,
and the Contemporary Art Museum of Strasbourg.
Jennifer has been the proud recipient of a 2007 Wexner
Center Capital Residency Award, which made it possible
for her to complete production and post-production on
her LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER, as well as do some
shooting for her in-progress WHEN IT WAS BLUE.

Reeves has made experimental films since 1990 (or
since 1986 if you consider high-school video-making).
She does her own writing, cinematography, editing, and
sound design. Her subjective and personal films push
the boundaries of film through optical-printing, film
stock „mis-use‰, and direct-on-film techniques
(including hand-painting and sewing 16mm film). Reeves
has consistently explored themes of memory, mental
health and recovery, feminism and sexuality,
landscape, wildlife, and politics in her work since
the early 90s.

Reeves also teaches part-time at Bard College's Milton
Avery School of the Arts, The Cooper Union, and
Millennium Film Workshop. She's also teaching a short
course at the School of Visual Arts in the Photography
and Related Media MFA program.
The Time We Killed

THE TIME WE KILLED is a lush black & white
experimental feature that portrays the life and
imaginings of a writer unable to leave her New York
City apartment. Robyn Taylor tries to comprehend and
fight her growing agoraphobia by looking into her own
past and confronting the world events of the present
(from a murder-suicide next door to the war in Iraq).
Robyn‚s obsessive ruminations threaten to drive her
deeper into the solitude of an illusory world, until a
personal encounter with death prompts her to leave the
safety of home once again.

The film won the FIPRESCI Critics prize at the Berlin
Film Festival (International Forum for New Cinema),
Outstanding Artistic Achievement at OUTFEST, and Best
NY, NY Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival
(receiving an abstract painting by Christopher Walken,
sponsored by Post Factory) and the film screened at
the 2006 Whitney Biennial. The Village Voice Film
Critic‚s poll (2005) honored THE TIME WE KILLED with
votes from six film critics for categories including:
Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Performance.
THE TIME WE KILLED had an Art-House run at Anthology
Film Archives in New York, alongside a retrospective
of her short films. THE TIME WE KILLED was also shown
in New York‚s 2006 Summer River to River Festival,
where the fabulously talented Joan Allen introduced
and interviewed Jennifer Reeves to the outdoor
audience before the screening.

Additionally, the film was supported by the following:
New York State Council on the Arts Grant, 2003. Andrea
Frank Foundation Grant, 1999. Princess Grace Award,
2000. Recipient of the John H. Johnson Film Award
(Princess Grace Foundation). Fiscal Sponsor: Women
Make Movies, Inc.

2004, 16mm, b&w/so, 94m, $200


Now on DVD
Dominic Angerame
City Symphony Series: Continuum, Deconstruction Sight,
Premonition, In the Course of Human Events, Line of

Limited edition DVD compilation, signed and numbered.

DVD Sale: $100 individuals, $400 institutions
Pixiescope, Waifen Maiden, Consume

Limited edition DVD compilation, signed and numbered.

DVD Sale: $75 individuals, $300 institutions

William Farley
Of Men and Angels

Screenplay by Deborah Rogin, William Farley and
Marjorie Berger.

This film centers on one week in the lives of three
strong-willed individuals. Mike (Jack Byrne) is a taxi
driver and unrequited Irish-American writer in the
post-beat tradition. Mike lives with Maria (Theresa
Saldana), a beautiful cultured Salvadorian who is
carrying his child and expects him to live up to his
responsibilities of fatherhood. When Irish literary
maverick Padric Reilly (John Molloy) falls into their
lives, the three are confronted with the struggle for
control of their own dreams - and of each other.

DVD signed by the filmmaker.

1989, 35mm, color/so, 88m, $135 rental
DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $175 institutions

Featuring: Stoney Burke, Bob Carroll, Bob Ernst,
Whoopi Goldberg, Darryl Henriques, Murray Korngold,
John O'Keefe and Michael Peppe.

The film follows a group of anonymous young people on
an apparently random journey through a disjointed San
Francisco cityscape. As they travel, the group
encounters a succession of madmen and eccentrics,
portrayed by various West Coast performance artists,
whose impassioned monologues and improvisations
satirize the institutions of contemporary American
society. Surrounded by images of mass media, the
performers appear as manifestations of the wise man or
holy fool, bizarre individuals at the fringes of
society who offer guidance to the group on their
Pilgrim's Progress through the streets, subways,
cemeteries, and highways of America.

"Farley has most ingeniously fused the performers and
their audience into a beautifully crafted piece of
filmmaking." - Willard Van Dyke, Santa Fe Winter Film

Awards: Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour; Honors, Whitney
Museum of American Art; Honors, Florence Film
Festival; Honors, Eighth Deauville Festival of
American Cinema; Honors, 29th Robert Flaherty Film

1980-1982, 16mm, color/so, 80m, $135
DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $175 institutions

Alexis Krasilovsky
End of the Art World

With Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns,
Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Snow.

"With a quality of humor possible only with depth of
understanding, Alexis Krasilovsky presents a catalogue
of interviews with modern artists in which the
shooting style as well as the aural material's format
rehearses the personal style, the aesthetics, and the
assumption of each artist about the nature of his
art." - Joan Braderman, Artforum

"The interviews with the individual artists vary from
gala opening with Warhol's superstars at the Whitney
Museum ... to the creation of actual art work in the
studios of Rauschenberg and Snow." - Howard
Guttenplan, Millennium Film Journal

"With ferocious wit, Ms. Krasilovsky sends up New
York's art scene in END OF THE ART WORLD. In essence,
Ms. Krasilovsky uses the sounds and images of the
usual art documentary to create her own work of art."
- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

1971, 16mm, color/so, 35m, $100
VHS Sale: $39.95 Home; $150 Other
Signed DVD Sale: $75, home use; $225, institutions

Mr. Boogie Woogie

Starring Mose Vinson, Memphis Slim and Ma Rainey II.
Produced by Ann Rickey. Directed by Alexis

"A straightforward look at blues pianist Mose Vinson -
the interviews from his boyhood home in Mississippi
intercut with the man at his piano, singing in his
soulful wail, which is where he really shines." - LA

"'We called him Mr. Boogie Woogie,' Memphis Slim
explains, in his affectionate tribute to his less
successful colleague .... Vinson's Holly Springs
boyhood as the son of a Saturday Night musician, his
failure as a sharecropper, his involvement with the
Baptist church, his lonely life now ... all are
captured with striking visuals .... The intimacy that
the small-format video medium can provide is displayed
here to its fullest extent. ... Vinson's world is
beautiful, troubled, and important." - Film Library

1978, VHS, color/so, 30m, $39.95 Home; $100
Institutions Signed DVD Sale: $50 Home; $150

Beale Street

Co-directed by Alexis Krasilovsky, Ann Rickey and
Walter Baldwin.

Beale Street is where W.C. Handy wrote the blues,
where Boss Crump abused his power, and where Martin
Luther King marched days before his death in 1968. In
the making of our oral history, we went to the Beale
Streeters who knew and loved it best, including B.B.
King, the Hooks Brothers, Bobby Blue Bland, Prince
Gabe, Maurice "Fess" Hulbert and Rufus Thomas, and we
included rare footage of King's march.

"The memories that we have - we older ones that's been
around - the contributions that, you know, have gone
out to the world from this place - they sure shouldn't
be left to die." - B.B. King

1981, VHS, b&w/so, 28m, $39.95 Home; $100 Institutions
Signed DVD Sale: $50 Home; $150 Institutions

"EXILE portrays the filmmaker's own compelling journey
behind the Iron Curtain to retrace her origins.
Beautiful scenery and often haunting music accompanied
her sojourn from Czechoslovakia into Prague and
Austria where the film captures what it meant to be
Jewish and survive during those dark Hitler years." -
Josh Baran

"Remarkable." - Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"Such films do more than increase East-West
understanding and reduce tensions; they also serve to
emphasize that we are all essentially one people." -
Barbra Streisand

"Watching it, we can realize how at times we have felt
both blessed and cursed by the fate that caused our
parents and grandparents to leave their homelands and
settle in America, the fate which enables most of us
to be alive today." - The Jewish Journal

1984, 16mm, color/so, 28m, $90
VHS Sale: $49.95 Home; $135 Institutions Signed DVD
Sale: $65 Home; $195 Institutions

Epicenter U.

A first-hand account about healing from natural
disaster, EPICENTER U. is also a multi-cultural
portrait of a university which suffered $350 million
in damages.

"From gripping testimonials to comic relief, the new
film EPICENTER U. chronicles the impact of the
Northridge Earthquake on the people of California
State University, Northridge." - Daily News

"I have never been in a earthquake. While watching the
film I really felt, for the first time, the costs to
both the individual and the community of such a
disaster. ... Drawing on her own original filmmaking
style developed over years of notable filmmaking, she
uses a collage of techniques (cinema verité, direct
camera address interviews, slow motion, essayist
documentary, poetry) to explore the film's complex and
elusive subject matter. More importantly, perhaps, is
her collaboration with her students. She gives them a
real voice." - Dr. Michelle Citron, Radio-TV-Film
Dept., Northwestern University

1995, 16mm, color/so, 28m, $90
VHS Sale: $24.95 Home; $150 Institutions Signed DVD
Sale: $65 Home; $195 Institutions
Suzan Pitt

This compelling portrait of the artist as a young
women is a cell animation that was four years in the
making. J. Hoberman in the Village Voice wrote,
"Pitt's subject matter, a magicienne's relation to her
art (daringly visualized as asparagus turns to
phalluses) occasions some astonishing effects: at one
point the heroine stages a 2-D Kandinsky-patterned
light show for an audience of 3-D puppets. Pitt has a
powerful graphic style, her cells are detailed and
picture-book sumptuous. More than any other animator
she has the gifts that could sustain a feature-length
work." The film placed Pitt at the forefront of
independent American animation artists.

1978, 16mm, color/so, 19m, $45
DVD Sale: $35 Home; $85 Institutions
Joy Street

A depressed woman and her imagined counterpart, a tiny
cartoon mouse, create metaphorical opposites in a
luscious animated tale of despair and rescue. Two
states of mind swing dangerously up and down
throughout the length of JOY STREET. These opposing
forces which play against each other in a series of
scenes set in a moody apartment in the middle of the
night, conclude in a primordial rainforest. Five years
in the making, Suzan Pitt traveled throughout the
rainforest of Guatemala and Mexico to paint studies
for this film. Skillfully animated and set to a
brilliant score performed by the Jazz Passengers with
an original title song sung by Debbie Harry, JOY
STREET represents the best of American independent

"Vivid, intriguing, and bizarre." - Caryn James, The
New York Times

"A dazzling new animated film by one of America's
premiere animators." - Richard Pena, New York Film
Festival Awards and Exhibition (selected): Golden
Globe Award, SF Int'l Film Festival, 1996; First
Prize, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1996;
London Film Festival, 1996; Sundance Film Festival,

1995, 35mm, color/so, 24m, $75
DVD Sale: $50 Home; $125 Institutions

Andrej Zdravic

Riverglass: A River Ballet in Four Seasons

Production, script, camera, editing, sound recording
and composition by Andrej Zdravic.

Through the liquid lens of crystalline water we
perceive, perhaps for the first time, the magical
underwater world of turquoise volumes, flying bubbles,
pulsating sun membranes, dancing stones .... Four
years in the making, RIVERGLASS is not a documentary
about the river Socca. It is a poetic river ballet to
the music of natural sounds.

RIVERGLASS is the result of the author's everlasting
fascination with the forces of movement in nature that
contain universal principles of life and a great
potential for a new, different kind of narrative
cinema. Socca flows in the Julian Alps, Slovenia. The
author devised a special tool to capture the river
from unique, as yet unseen perspectives.

Awards: Preseren Fund Award, Slovenia, 1999; Grand
Prix, Third Int'l Festival of New Film & Video, Split
'98; Best Art Video, First Slovenian Film Festival,

Note: Contains some material used in Secrets of Socca
- Time Horizon installation. - A.Z.

1997, DVD or VHS, color/so, 41m, $70 Home; $325 Other

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