Thanks for this, Steve. I agree that Decodings is a poetic masterpiece. I showed it every semester for many years in my experimental film classes, and I would rank it among the top ten found footage films ever. Decodings is where I got the Confucius quote,“The way out is via the door; why is it that no one will use this method?,” which I use as the epilogue for my essay “Secession From the Broadcast: Leave the Culture Without Leaving the Country."
> On Jan 7, 2016, at 1:17 PM, Dominic Angerame <dominic.anger...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > Sorry about the grammatical errors on my previous post. For more information > of this time period at Canyon Cinema please see > > https://books.google.com/books?id=r2LLdwAXyiYC&pg=PA18&lpg=PA18&dq=michael+wallin+and+canyon+cinema&source=bl&ots=OqzmpvpXeP&sig=Os2DmJSp9_EL9LqMmwY42K2pPw0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv06bfwZjKAhUT62MKHZwQAKoQ6AEILzAD#v=onepage&q=michael%20wallin%20and%20canyon%20cinema&f=false > > <https://books.google.com/books?id=r2LLdwAXyiYC&pg=PA18&lpg=PA18&dq=michael+wallin+and+canyon+cinema&source=bl&ots=OqzmpvpXeP&sig=Os2DmJSp9_EL9LqMmwY42K2pPw0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv06bfwZjKAhUT62MKHZwQAKoQ6AEILzAD#v=onepage&q=michael%20wallin%20and%20canyon%20cinema&f=false> > > From Scott MacDonald's book about Canyon Cinema > > On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM, Dominic Angerame <dominic.anger...@gmail.com > <mailto:dominic.anger...@gmail.com>> wrote: > I am shocked at this news, since I just spoke with Michael a few days ago > about the coming of Bruce Baillie to San Francisco. I met Michael in the > Spring of 1980 when I was first hired and we became co-managers. Together we > were able to streamline procedures and publish a major catalog. Catalog #5. > We had save Canyon from almost total collapse in two short years and helping > it become the distinquished film distributors in the world. I enjoy working > with Michael and we both seemed to be on the same wavelength in regards to > the work at Canyon. When he left Canyon in 1983 we remained good friends and > kept in touched. He always encouraged me to continue the efforts to keep > Canyon Cinema, which I was able to do until my departure in 2012. One of the > most enjoyable things about Michael was that he was fair minded and able to > balance conflicts in a reasonable way. > > I am going to miss him greatly, and now Michael is there with the angels. > > Dominic Angerame > > On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 11:31 AM, Steve Polta <steve.po...@gmail.com > <mailto:steve.po...@gmail.com>> wrote: > Hi Scott. Thanks for breaking this. I heard about this a few days ago myself. > > Michael Wallin, a very long-time Bay Area resident, was really an important > stalwart figure in the local exp film community, going back to his very close > mentor/mentee relationship with Bruce Baillie in the early 1070s, through > close involvements with Canyon Cinema, San Francisco Cinematheque ('80s > mostly) and of course the many local filmmakers he was close friends with. > Along the way he was an occasional teacher at local film schools and was > really important to me personally during my second semester in SFAI's > Filmmaking MFA program, encouraging personal introspection and > self-revelation as an important component of filmmaking; he was actually a > licensed therapist and was very much dedicated to facilitating growth and > personal healing. While I didn't personally apply this (directly) to my own > films this attitude certainly rubbed off on me and informed my personal life > very much. And while I would never claim that he was a close close friend, he > and I developed a warmth and strong respect for each other that persisted for > years. He seemed to inherently value everyone I saw him interact with with > sincere respect and seemed to bring to life a warm curiosity and sense of > bemused humor and love. Circa 1995 he curated a "favorite films" type of > screening at San Francisco Cinematheque which included really oddball films > by Anger, Brakhage, George Kuchar, Victor Faccinto, Curt McDowell (the last > screening of RONNIE before that film's disappearance) and others which was > filled with humor and goofy off-the-wall expressions of quirky polymorphous > sexuality. This screening was highly memorable to me. His own film, the > sensitive and quite sexually explicit, The Place Between Our Bodies > <http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/film/?i=3227> (1975) is considered by some > to be a landmark film in gay avant-garde cinema while its 1995 follow-up > Black Sheep Boy <http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/film/?i=3228> is a > thoughtful, sexy and loving consideration of an approaching middle-age. I > personally consider Wallin's Decodings > <http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/film/?i=3228> (1988) to be a (largely > unrecognized) masterpiece of poetic found-footage filmmaking and one of the > most moving and personal uses of that form anyone is likely to see. His work > does not seem to be as well known outside of the local community and that's > too bad. But locally Michael was really beloved and this loss is actually > quite jarring to many of us here in the Bay Area. Wow. Rest In Peace Michael > Wallin... > > Steve Polta > > > > > On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM, Scott Stark <sst...@hi-beam.net > <mailto:sst...@hi-beam.net>> wrote: > Just a note to the community that San Francisco filmmaker Michael Wallin > passed away last week. > > A brief bio of Michael and his work can be found on the Canyon Cinema website: > > http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/filmmaker/?i=316 > <http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/filmmaker/?i=316> > > Scott > > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com <mailto:FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com> > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks > <https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks> > > > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com <mailto:FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com> > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks > <https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks> > > > > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks
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