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Canyon Cinema 50: Decodings
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Canyon Cinema 50: Decodings
Canyon Cinema 50: Decodings

Wed Feb 21: 7.15pm


* Co-presented with Grand Illusion Cinema! G.I. members receive the NWFF member discount on tickets *

     Feb. 3
Associations (Grand Illusion)
     Feb. 8
Studies in Natural Magic (NWFF)
     Feb. 17
Continuum (Grand Illusion)
     Feb. 21
Decodings (NWFF)

Decodings (87 min)

Decodings is named after Michael Wallins found-footage masterpiece, a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory (Manohla Dargis). The program begins with Duo Concertantes, a classic animation by one of Canyons earliest filmmakers, Lawrence Jordan, and Billabong, an under-appreciated impressionistic documentary of a boys youth camp by another key Canyon figure, Will Hindle. Tom Palazzolos 1973 film, Love It/Leave It, offers a portrait of the USA that feels particularly relevant to our current political moment. Also featured are Lie Back & Enjoy It, JoAnn Elams lucid examination of the representation of women in film, and Naomi Umans classic 1999 found-footage film Removed, which deploys nail polish, bleach, and 1970s pornography to fashion a film where the female figure exists only as an empty, animated space.

In the Canyon Cinema 50 project, four 16mm programs, composed of 43 films drawn from Canyons circulating collection of more than 3,400 titles, will provide an opportunity audiences to encounter some of the defining works of American avant-garde cinema as they were meant to be seen, while also recuperating forgotten voices and casting a contemporary eye on Canyons collection. Many of the films in the tour are recent restorations and new prints. The programs have been curated by David Dinnell. As a component of the Canyon Cinema 50 project, the touring program is meant not only to celebrate Canyons history but also to point the way towards the organizations continued relevance as both a purveyor of and advocate for artist-made cinema, seeding the next generation of what founding filmmaker Bruce Baillie described as a federation of willing devotees of the magic lantern muse. For complete information and film listings for all programs on the tour, visit canyoncinema50.org/tour.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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