Sunday, October 15, 2006

Early Baillie and the Canyon CinemaNews Years

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with Canyon Cinema

If any film artist has succeeded in portraying the beauty and cruelty of San Francisco, it is Bruce Baillie. In his marvelous first film, On Sundays, and the later Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Baillie evokes the city and its human and physical landscapes in the early sixties. Mournful rather than celebratory, revealing idiosyncratic details rather clichéd sites, Baillie’s films include elliptical narrative elements as they weave images and sounds into exquisite city sonatas. We also screen several early CinemaNews works by Baillie with friends: Mr. Hayashi, Here I am, The Gymnasts, and Termination.