Thu, March 29, 7:15pm
Bruce Baillie Retrospective 1
Bruce Baillie will be present in a rare appearance for this screening of several of his 16mm films including Castro Street (1966, 10 min.); Tung (1966, 6 min.); Here I Am (1962, 11 min); Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964, 20 min.); To Parsifal (1963, 16 min.); Mr. Hayashi (1961, 3 min.); and All My Life (1966, 3 min.).
In 1963, during the first AAFF a full program was devoted to Bruce Baillie's films. Baillie and his work continued to be a strong and consistent presence through the first decade of the AAFF.
Baillie (b. 1931, Aberdeen, South Dakota), began making work in 1960 with his first film On Sundays. Baillie’s 1966 film Castro Street was selected for preservation in 1992 by the United States National Film Registry. His filmography includes nearly 30 films that have screened all over the world.
In addition to his film work, Baillie founded Canyon Cinema, which today is the largest American distributor of experimental and avant-garde cinema. In 1961 Baillie began a screening series in his back yard together with Chick Strand and others. The series evolved into the San Francisco Cinematheque, an acclaimed exhibitor of experimental film, digital media, and performance cinema that continues to this day. Baillie currently resides off the coast of Washington with his wife and two children.
Baillie will be joined onstage in conversation with noted film author Scott MacDonald.