"Ciao Bella" by Betzy Bromberg

Canyon Cinema 50: Studies in Natural Magic

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Legendary experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a national tour of four programs that represent a rich panoply of independent artist-made films. 

Program one: Studies in Natural Magic features recent films by Saul Levine, Charlotte Pryce, and Christopher Harris; rarely screened films by Standish Lawder and Jean Sousa; sublimely filmed and acutely perceived portraits of cities, seas, skies, and landscapes by Peter Hutton, Julie Murray, Gary Beydler, Robert Fulton, and Emily Richardson; Betzy Bromberg’s audacious and energetic feminist punk city symphony; Degrees of Limitation, one of Scott Stark’s earliest films, a humorous 3-minute structuralist gem; and Portland, a mid-90s travelogue and playful Rashomon-like inquiry into the nature of truth by Greta Snider. Total running time: 79 minutes

Program includes: 

Catfilm for Katie and Cynnie (Standish Lawder, 1973, 3 min.)
Light Lick (Amen) (Saul Levine, 2017, 4 min.)
Ciao Bella or Fuck Me Dead* (Betzy Bromberg, 1978, 9 min.)
Swish (Jean Sousa, 1982, 3 min.)
28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) (Christopher Harris, 2009, 3 min.)
Redshift (Emily Richardson, 2001, 4 min.)
A Study in Natural Magic (Charlotte Pryce, 2013, 3 min.)
Starlight (Robert Fulton, 1970, 5 min.)
Hand Held Day* (Gary Beydler, 1975, 6 min.)
Portland (Greta Snider, 1996, 12 min.)
Degrees of Limitation* (Scott Stark, 1982, 3 min.)
Shrimp Boat Log (David Gatten, 2010, 6 min.)
Boston Fire (Peter Hutton, 1979, 8 min.)
Orchard (Julie Murray, 2004, 10 min.)

*recent restorations and new prints 

The Canyon Cinema 50 project is organized by the Canyon Cinema Foundation and supported in part by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation.