Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor

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University of California Press, Jan 2, 2008 - Performing Arts - 480 pages
Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the development of independent cinema. Drawing from extensive conversations with men and women crucial to Canyon Cinema, from its newsletter Canyon Cinemanews, and from other key sources, MacDonald offers a lively chronicle of the life and times of this influential, idiosyncratic film exhibition and distribution collective. His book features many primary documents that are as engaging and relevant now as they were when originally published, including essays, poetry, experimental writing, and drawings.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Formation
37
2 Incorporation
63
3 Revitalization
165
4 Intellectualization
241
Maintenance
399
Canyon Cinema Employees 1969 to the Present
431
Canyon Cinemas Gross Rentals and Sales from 1966 until 20062007
433
Acknowledgments of Permissions
435
Index
439
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Scott MacDonald is author of the five volumes of the Critical Cinema series (UC Press), of The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place (UC Press), and of several other books on avant-garde film and on institutions that have kept avant-garde film alive. He is currently Visiting Professor of Film History at Hamilton College and at Harvard University.

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