*Bruce Baillie: The Early Canyon Cinema Years * Dear friends, We invite you to a very special screening of seven early films by Bruce Baillie, co-founder of one of the most important distribution centers of experimental film in the world -- Canyon Cinema in San Francisco.
Curated and introduced by Irina Leimbacher, this screening is a rare opportunity to see these films on 16mm: *On Sundays* 1960-1961, 16mm, 27 min *The Gymnasts* 1961, 16mm, 8 min *Mr. Hayashi* 1961, 16mm, 3 min *Here I Am* 1962, 16mm, 11 min *Termination* 1966, 16mm, 5 min *Mass For The Dakota Sioux* 1963-1964, 16mm, 20 min *Castro Street* 1966, 16mm, 10 min " In his first film, On Sundays, and the later Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Baillie evokes San Francisco's human and physical landscapes of the early 1960s as no other filmmaker has done. Mournful and lyrical, these films include elliptical narrative elements and documentary portraits as they weave images and sounds into exquisite city sonatas. The shorter Canyon CinemaNews pieces —portraits of an itinerant gardener, a school for disturbed children, and a Native American reservation— are also a poignant record of this historical and aesthetic moment. The program concludes with Baillie's early color masterpiece, Castro Street shot in an industrial area of Richmond, California and described by Baillie as a 'coming of consciousness.' Together, the seven films embody Baillie's poetic approach to film as profoundly expressive visual and acoustic medium." -- Irina Leimbacher *Screening details:* *Date:* Tuesday, November 29, 2011 *Time:* Doors at 7:30, films start at 8pm. *Location:* Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square *Ticket price:* $10 regular, $8 student/senior *Website:* balaganfilms.com <http:///www.balaganfilms.com> Facebook RSVP <http://www.facebook.com/events/#%21/events/247190618668578/> *Also! *If you missed the Q&A with Jackie Goss on 11/15, check out the Journal<http://www.balaganfilms.com/?q=journal>section of our website to see videos from the post-screening discussion of her film, The Observers.**
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