Canyon Cinema Discovered is a multifaceted fellowship program that aims to engender fresh perspectives on experimental cinema. For its first iteration, four curatorial fellows were invited to assemble programs from Canyon’s unique collection of artist-made films for in-person screening and online streaming. As a point of focus, the cohort was encouraged to activate undervalued and underseen works and to incorporate recent acquisitions as well as complementary works from outside of the collection, with the goal of instigating critical engagement with experimental cinema’s evolving legacy.

Aaditya Aggarwal, Juan Carlos Kase, Chrystel Oloukoï, Ekin Pinar

Dominic Angerame, Ephraim Asili, Bruce Baillie, Dara Birnbaum, Donna Cameron, Emily Chao, Miryam Charles, Julie Dash, Sandra Davis, Robert Fenz, Ja’Tovia Gary, David Gatten, Barbara Hammer, Christopher Harris, Sharon Hayes, Kate Millett, and The Women’s Liberation Cinema, Mike Henderson, Saul Levine, Toney W. Merritt, Everlane Moraes, Samba Félix N’diaye, Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut, Elena Pardo, Lynne Sachs, Hussein Shariffe, Single Spark Film, Cauleen Smith, Harry Smith, Rhea Storr, Paige Taul, Naomi Uman, Doug Wendt, Joyce Wieland


Related Publications and Ephemera

Screening Schedule

Discovered premieres take place at The Roxie Theater, San Francisco, California, accompanied by video introductions by the curatorial fellows. Each program will also be presented online for a week, free and worldwide, here on Connects. The programs will travel to the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, in November, with other tour dates TBD


Discovered at The Roxie Theater, San Francisco

October 2, 2022
Insurgent Articulations, curated by Ekin Pinar
Prime Time Reveriecurated by Aadita Aggarwal 


October 16, 2022
Trajectories of Self-Determination: Experimental Cinema’s Embrace of Jazz, curated by Juan Carlos Kase
Playing in the Dark: Watery Experiments, curated by Chrystel Oloukoï


Streaming Schedule

October 2-8: Insurgent Articulations
October 9-15: Prime Time Reverie
October 16-22: Trajectories of Self-Determination
October 23-29: Playing in the Dark




Canyon Cinema Discovered is made possible with generous support by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, and the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation.


Thanks go to the Canyon Cinema Discovered curatorial fellows, Aaditya Aggarwal, Juan Carlos Kase, Ekin Pinar, and Chrystel Oloukoï, for their dedication, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness through every step of this winding journey.


We are deeply indebted to all of the participating artists, and their representatives and distributors, for allowing us to include their work in this adventurous program.


This project would not have been possible without the essential guidance and expertise of Canyon Cinema’s Collection Manager, Seth Mitter, as well as the vision and care of Canyon’s previous Director, Antonella Bonfanti.


Our deep and heartfelt gratitude to all who supported and collaborated with us on the Canyon Cinema Discovered fellowship:


Canyon Cinema Foundation Board of Directors
Michael Renov (President), Jeffrey Skoller (Treasurer), Patricia Ledesma Villon (Secretary), Terri Francis, Brian L. Frye, Lian Ladia, Jonathan Marlow, Lynne Sachs, Steve Seid


Project Advisors
Christopher Harris, Steffanie Ling, Adam Piron, Lynne Sachs


Essay Editors
Max Goldberg, Girish Shambu, Dessane Lopez Cassell, Tess Takahashi


Guest Presenters
Pablo de Ocampo, Almudena Escobar López, Mark Toscano, Carmel Curtis, Daniella Shreir, Dessane Lopez Cassell


Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for assistance and support: Serge Abiaad; Academy Film Archives; Anthology Film Archives; Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.; Rachel Bers; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Buck Bito; Michael Blair; Antonella Bonfanti; Jesse Brossoit; Owsley Brown III; Sarah Burford; Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; Cinémathèque québécoise; Coast Litho; Colorlab; Hanan Coumal; La Distributrice de films; Nicolas Dulac; Electronic Arts Intermix; Hatim Eujayl; Jackie Farrell; Isabel Fondevila; Walter Forsberg; Jooyoung Friedman-Buchanan; Melanie Isabel García; Amélie Garin-Davet; Haden Guest; Shawn Guthrie; Harvard Film Archives; Steven Hill; shah noor hussein; Mark Johnson; Finn Jubak; Hannah Kay; John Klacsmann; Léopold Lambert; Tanya Leighton Gallery; Peter Limbrick; David Lindblom; Veronica Luke; LUX; Edda Manriquez; Carl Martin; Karl McCool; Andrew McNeely; Media City Film Festival; Amanda Mendelsohn; Rebecca Meyers; Jennifer Moore; Morán Morán; Oona Mosna; Movette; the Museum of Modern Art; Dean Otto; Steve Polta; Inney Prakash; Prismatic Ground; Gregorio Rodríguez; AJ Rohner; Zack Rothauser; The Roxie Theater; Jon Shibata; Amy Sloper; Genne Speers; Marty Spellerberg/Spellerberg Associates; Margaret Sternbergh; Charlotte Strange; Andrew Tamburrino; Gaël Teicher; Steve Tom; Tina Tom; Mark Toscano; Katie Trainor; La Traverse; Helen Shewolfe Tseng; UCLA Film & Television Archive; Video Data Bank; Jeffrey Walkowiak; Todd Weiner; Alex Wen, Carsten Zimmer.