Film Tributes to Chick Strand in October

From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 17 2009 - 14:41:50 PDT

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Dominic Angerame, Canyon Cinema
Please join us for these two upcoming  screenings celebrating the extraordinary life and art of Chick Strand, a founder of Canyon Cinema, October 23 and 24, 2009 in San Francisco.

After Day Comes Night & After That, Day Comes Again

Curated by Dominic Angerame

October 23rd 2009 7:30PM
A Tribute to Chick Strand presented by the San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street in San Francisco

San Francisco Cinematheque members: $6 / non-members: $10.

Films presented:
By The Lake (1986)
Artificial Paradise (1986)
Coming Up For Air (1986)
Loose Ends (1979)
Cartoon Le Mousse (1979)

"Celebrated West Coast filmmaker Chick Strand (1931-2009) passed away this past summer, leaving behind a body of sensual and smart work significant for its exploration of the space between documentary and poetry, truth and fiction, and the politics and
pleasure of representation. A key figure in the development of the American independent and avant-garde filmmaking movements, she helped co-found the seminal film exhibition and distribution collective Canyon Cinema in the mid-1960s. She began her own
filmmaking career at the age of 34, combining a background in photographic collage and academic training in anthropology into a series of poetic documentaries shot in Mexico while an ethnography student at UCLA. "Ethnographic films" Strand once wrote, "should
be works of art, symphonies about the fabric of a people." - Amy Beste, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"This screening is a celebration of Chick Strands' films. Most of the work being shown tonight is seldom seen in public exhibition. Although Chick Strand has a powerful and significant filmography, there is a severe lack of critical writings or review of her films.
Chick was always encouraging to other filmmakers in the creation and promotion of her films, yet she was humble in the exhibition of her films. She inspired more than three generations of filmmakers through her dedicated teaching at Occidental College." 
- Dominic Angerame, Filmmaker and Executive Director of Canyon Cinema

A Cinematic Tribute to Chick Strand

Curated by Dominic Angerame

Presented by Canyon Cinema and San Francisco Cinematheque
in association with the Ninth Street Independent Film Center

October 24, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth Street in San Francisco
7:30 PM, Admission $10

A reception will be held following the screening

Films presented:
Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966)
Fever Dream (1979)
Guacamole (1976)
Kristallnacht (1979)
Soft Fiction (1979)
Waterfall (1967)
and more..

Born Mildred in northern California and nicknamed Chick by her father, CHICK STRAND (1931-2009) studied anthropology at Berkeley in the 1960s, joined the free speech movement, and experimented with photographic collage. She joined the filmmaker Bruce Baillie and editor Ernest Callenbach to found Canyon Cinema, a screening collective that evolved into the San Francisco Cinematheque and the independent distributor Canyon Cinema. She enrolled on the ethnography program at UCLA, and after graduating in 1971 taught for 24 years at Occidental College. She made nineteen films, many shot in Mexico, while traveling with her life and creative partner, the pop-surrealist artist Neon Park (Martin Muller, 1940-93). Her work is held in the collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and continues to be distributed by Canyon Cinema. (Wikipedia)

"Chick Strand was one of the more renowned pioneers in the Bay Area experimental filmmaking community. Canyon Cinema and the Cinematheque were founded in 1961 when Strand and Bruce Baillie began to show films in their backyard on a sheet tied
between two trees. These weekly screenings were the seeds that began to sprout when Canyon Cinema became an official Corporation. Out of Canyon Cinema came the Canyon Cinema News, and the Canyon Cinematheque. The Canyon Cinematheque
branched off from Canyon Cinema around 1977 and became its own non profit exhibition center known as the Cinematheque. Both organizations, however, share a common thread in that the promotion of experimental cinema is the main focus.

"Chick Strand, through her example, always championed the rights of filmmakers. She constantly insisted that filmmakers be paid for showing their work and that they be treated properly. The spirit of Canyon Cinema comes from her energies and she also believed that filmmakers should organize and operate their own exhibitions and distribution of films. Not only was she an inspiration to those of us involved in Canyon Cinema, she was also a dedicated teacher for more than 35 years." - Dominic Angerame,
Filmmaker and Executive Director, Canyon Cinema

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