Canyon Cinema Co-op was incorporated on February 20, 1967. In 2017 and 2018, Canyon Cinema 50 celebrated half a century in continuous operation by organizing more than 40 San Francisco Bay Area events and screenings; launching an international film tour that introduced the work of Canyon filmmakers to audiences around the world; and commissioning new essays, film prints, and digital transfers.


This project archive assembles interviews, critical essays, personal reflections, ephemera, and information related to Canyon Cinema 50 and the organization’s first 50 years. In addition to documenting Canyon Cinema 50 programming around the San Francisco Bay Area and the world, and the legacy of Canyon Cinema and filmmakers in its collection, the archive serves as a resource for scholars and researchers of the historical avant-garde.


Related Publications and Ephemera



Project Funders

Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.


San Francisco Bay Project Partners

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Exploratorium, Pro Arts Gallery, Owsley Brown Presents


San Francisco Bay Presenting Partners

San Francisco Film Society, San Francisco Cinematheque


Special thanks to: Adrianne Finelli, Bryan Boyce, Starline Social Club, David Dinnell, Nathaniel Russell, John Schmidt, Micheal Renov, Michelle Puetz, Paul Clipson, Mike Henderson, The Mutants, Amanda Salazar, tooth, Natalia Mount, Sarah Lockhart, Kate MacKay, Susan Oxtoby, Liz Keim, Sam Sharkey, Noah Cowen, Tina Tom, Owsley Brown III, David Kasprzak, Colpa Press, Nima Khazaei, Arielle Estrada, Faith Arazi, Carl Martin, and all the members Canyon Cinema Board of Directors and volunteers, Canyon Cinema 50 Planning and Advisory Committees.


Planning Committee

Antonella Bonfanti
Max Goldberg
Kathleen Maguire
Seth Mitter
Steve Seid
Jeffrey Skoller


Advisory Committee

Steve Anker
Owsley Brown III
Peter Conheim
Joseph DelPesco
Shelley Diekman
Brian Frye
Kathy Geritz
Irina Leimbacher
Scott MacDonald
Jonathan Marlow
Christine Metropoulos
Rebecca Meyers
Rachel Rosen
Melinda Stone
Tess Takahashi
Mark Toscano
Sean Uyehara
Tanya Zimbardo
Mike Zryd


Canyon Cinema 50 logo designed by David Kasprzak (Colpa Press)

Canyon Cinema 50 trailer edited by Adrianne Finelli and Bryan Boyce


Educational Website Development Team

Product Manager: Nima Khazaei
Project Manager, Editor: Max Goldberg
Website Developers: Amy Hua, Marlo Longley
Designer: Jackie Ngo