Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Dominic Angerame (Executive Director, Canyon Cinema), April 2003

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Dominic Angerame (Executive Director, Canyon Cinema), April 2003

Article excerpt

I first encountered the films of Stan Brakhage in the late '60s. I was a student studying American history at the State University of New York at Buffalo-before Hollis Frampton, Paul Sharits, and other experimental filmmakers began teaching there. I had been making 8mm films since high school and was developing an interest in the new American avant-garde. I saw Brakhage's Window Water Baby Moving at the Student Union film series and became a witness to the birth of a new way of seeing the world through motion picture film. I began to realize that I, too, could break down my own concepts of what cinema can and should be.

When I moved to Chicago. I started attending classes at the Chicago Art Institute, where, by happenstance, Brakhage was teaching film history. At the Institute, I became more involved in the work he was creating. Not only did I meet many great experimental filmmakers, but also I could talk to Brakhage personally. The first thing that struck me was his insistence that filmmakers be treated with dignity, respect, and be afforded the means to make a living from their pursuit of the arts.

His strength of character, steadfastness in principles, and the concept that filmmakers be treated with fairness has been a standard that has guided me through these many years of operating Canyon Cinema, a distributor of experimental and independent film. …

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