An interview that appears in Scott MacDonald’s book, Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Distributor (University of California Press, 2008), contains an error (bottom of page 77), in which I misattribute the design and construction of Loren Sears’s optical printer (illustrated here) to Lenny Lipton. This is entirely my error, for which I sincerely apologize to Loren, Lenny (sadly, no longer with us), and Scott. My thanks to Canyon Cinema and Brett Kashmere for helping me correct the record.
– Edith Kramer, February 2024



Audio recording from “A Tribute to Canyon Cinema: Founders and Beginnings” event at the Pacific Film Archive on July 5, 1983, in celebration of Canyon Cinema’s 25th anniversary. Includes an introduction by Edith Kramer and features James Broughton, the “grandfather” of independent San Francisco filmmaking, discussing the early years of independent filmmaking in the Bay Area, as well as cinema, art, and San Francisco in the 1960s.

This recording is from the Pacific Film Archive Audio Recordings Collection, was digitized from the original 1/8 inch audio cassette by California Revealed, and has been made public via the Internet Archive. Visit for more details.