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Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speaker Series Binghamton University – Canyon Cinema 50 Program with David Dinnell

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Canyon Cinema 50 Program with David Dinnell

After eight months of Bay Area screenings commemorating Canyon Cinema’s 50th anniversary, the storied experimental film distributor is taking its show on the road. Curated by David Dinnell, visiting faculty at California Institute of the Arts and former Program Director at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the film tour draws exclusively from Canyon’s vast collection. As one of North America’s oldest experimental film distributors, Canyon preserves and distributes over 3,400 moving image works across the country and the world, representing a diverse cross-section of avant-garde currents and movements that date from 1921 to the present day.

The tour celebrates Canyon Cinema’s outsized role in the history of experimental film and illuminates the surprising depth of the works in its catalog. Dinnell considers his curatorial responsibilities to be at least threefold: offering audiences across the country an opportunity to revisit some of the defining works of the American avant-garde, while also recuperating forgotten voices and casting a contemporary eye on Canyon’s gloriously eclectic holdings. In the process, he hopes to uncover unlikely resonances and forge fresh connections across works and eras. “Given the breadth of Canyon’s collection,” Dinnell says, “it was important for me to find ways to bring together the many strands of artistic practice it contains—and let the works animate each other.”

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

This Series is co-sponsored by the Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series.


March 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Binghamton University Cinema Department


Binghamton University Lecture Hall 6
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
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