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Art in Cinema

Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society

Final Selection, Editing, and Introduction by Scott MacDonald
Original Idea and Selection of Materials by Robert A. Haller
Copyright Date: 2006
Published by: Temple University Press
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    Art in Cinema
    Book Description:

    From 1946 until 1954, the San Francisco-based film society Art in Cinema presented programs of independent film to audiences at the San Francisco Museum of Art and the University of California, Berkeley. Led by filmmaker Frank Stauffacher, Art in Cinema's programs pioneered the promotion of avant-garde cinema in America.Scott MacDonald'sArt in Cinemapresents complete programs presented by the legendary society; dozens of previously unavailable letters between Stauffacher, his collaborators, and filmmakers including Maya Deren, Hans Richter, Vincent Minelli, and Man Ray; a reprint of the society's original catalog, which features essays by Henry Miller and others; and a wide range of other remarkable historical documents.A companion toCinema 16(Temple), a documentary history of the first west coast film society,Art in Cinemaprovides cineastes, students, teachers, and scholars with extensive and fascinating documentation of one of the most important film societies in American history. Together or separately, the books provide an indispensable reference source for the beginning of this country's love affair with independent film.

    eISBN: 978-1-59213-427-4
    Subjects: Performing Arts, Film Studies, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-ix)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. x-xi)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xii-xii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)

    Over the past half-century, no American city has been more consistently identified with alternative cinema than San Francisco and environs. There are a variety of reasons for the Bay Area’s preeminence in the independent media scene. Obviously, a good many filmmakers (and more recently videomakers) have made the Bay Area their home for extended periods: Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, Jordan Belson, Harry Smith, Bruce Conner, Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Robert Nelson, Gunvor Nelson, Nathaniel Dorsky, Stephen Beck, George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, Ernie Gehr, Warren Sonbert, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Craig Baldwin, Marlon Riggs, Cauleen Smith, and Greta Snider, to name just...

  6. The Documents
    (pp. 13-290)
  7. Index
    (pp. 291-307)
  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 308-308)