Bruce Baillie Artist Files
Bruce Baillie (1931–2020) was an American filmmaker widely hailed as a master of 16mm personal filmmaking, whose works epitomize the “lyrical” mode of filmmaking strongly identified with ‘60s era northern California counterculture. In 1961 Baillie staged an impromptu film screening in his mother’s front yard in the rural community of Canyon CA. This screening—dubbed Canyon Cinema—was followed by more and eventually grew into a peripatetic film series, filmmaker support organization, publisher (of Canyon Cinema News) and avant-garde film distributor. To this day both San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema trace their origins to the visionary moment of Baillie’s 1961 screening.
The Bruce Baillie Artist Files collection contains primary and secondary documents relating to the life and work of Bruce Baillie drawn from the Artist Files of San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema. The collection includes notes on Baillie’s films, letters to the staff of Cinematheque and Canyon, press clippings and reviews, press releases and program announcements, photocopied photos of Baillie and his family members and friends, interviews, filmographies, biographical info and critical essays. Collection also includes Bruce Baillie: Life/Work, a commemorative zine created by Timoleon Wilkins 1995 and Filmmakers Filming: Bruce Baillie, published by Film in the Cities/the Walker Art Center in 1979. Please see item descriptions for more information on contents.
NOTES ON BROWSING: Items (other than booklets/zines) in this collection have been scanned, grouped and described at the “folder level.” Thereby, each “item” consists of multiple pages of disparate materials relating to the life and work of the subject. Browsing within each item is encouraged!