West Coast Funk


Location: Rear of Aarnun Gallery, 99 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena


First of all, let me say that this evening's program is the result of an error. I forgot to pre-pay the invoice on Bob Nelson's Bleu Shut, so that film was never sent. After madly scurrying about town, we've substituted a couple of films in its place, so here goes ...The great renaissance of independent filmmaking on the West Coast began in the early 1960's and was centered around the great Canyon Cinema Coop in the Bay Area, founded by Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand, now teaching at Occidental College. This was one of the really great periods in film history. The three filmmakers in tonight's show were therea t the very beginning, and it'd difficult to overestimate their talents and their historical iportances, particularly Bob Nelson and Lenny Lipton. And they were all so very much a part of that incredibly alive and creative period in SF around the mid-60's.

[more about the filmmakers also included, see link to program notes]

[Source: Filmforum Program Notes, 1977]