Bay Area experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema once printed an eclectic, photocopied newsletter that was described by the Stanford Archives as “the main organ of the independent filmmaking community.” Abandoned due to lack of resources, the demise of the Canyon Cinema News left a hole in the Bay Area experimental film and art scene.
The purpose of this zine is to reignite the discussion of underground and independent film/video practice and theory, putting artists in the Bay Area in dialogue with the greater experimental community. Dominic Angerame christened our zine the “Canyon Cinemazine,” hoping it would carry on the experimental and community-oriented tradition of the Cinema News. Drawing inspiration from mail art and ephemeral media, the Canyon Cinemazine harkens back to the days of typewriter correspondences between avant-garde artists in the 1960s.
This project would not be possible without the generous help and support of Dominic Angerame and the wonderful staff and Board of Canyon Cinema.
Thanks also to San Francisco arts non-profit Southern Exposure for their generous Alternative Exposure grant.
This project is an entirely not-for-profit art experiment – all funds generated by sales and donations go directly into funding the next issue.
Editor: Courtney Fellion
Spirit Animal: Linda Scobie
Sounds Editor: A Wyman
Web Advice: John Evanofski
Joseph Yonker (issue 1 + 2)
Charlie Biando (issue 4)