Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 pm

Elegy to Ecstasy with Edith Kramer

Antonella Bonfanti and Edith Kramer in conversation


2155 Center Street

Berkeley, CA 94720

presented in association with BAMPFA and Canyon Cinema 50

Admission: $12 General Admission/$7 Cinematheque and BAMPFA Members
Tickets available here. Cinematheque members email us for your promotional code.

“Fifty years after incorporating as an artist cooperative in 1967, Canyon Cinema continues to champion avant-garde and experimental filmmaking in the Bay Area and beyond. Today the internationally renowned distributor cares for a collection of some 3,500 works representing the full range of experimental cinema from the 1930s to the present. A celebration of bodies, film, and light, this program features a selection of works made by several of Canyon’s founding members and their contemporaries. From the mournful lyricism of Mass for the Dakota Sioux to the transcendent kisses of Amphetamine, the rapturous commingled bodies of Dyketactics to the sensory bliss of Straight and Narrow, these films embed elegy and ecstasy in the emulsion of 16mm film.” (Kate MacKay)


Mass for the Dakota Sioux by Bruce Baillie (20 min, 16mm)
Amphetamine by Warren Sonbert and Wendy Appel (10 min, 16mm)
Incantations by Peter Rose (8.5min, 16mm)
Dyketactics by Barbara Hammer (4min, 16mm)
Angel Blue Sweet Wings by Chick Strand (3min, 16mm)
My Name is Oona by Gunvor Nelson (10min, 16mm)
Straight and Narrow by Tony Conrad (10min, 16mm)

Edith Kramer was manager of Canyon Cinema from 1967 to 1970 and film curator at SFMOMA before joining the BAMPFA staff in 1975; she was senior film curator and PFA director from 1983 until her retirement in 2005.

Antonella Bonfanti is director of the Canyon Cinema Foundation; committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America.