Jordan Belson, Chakra. Courtesy Center for Visual Music
Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry.
The visionary Bay Area filmmaking collective Canyon Cinema has been expanding cinema—and minds—since 1967. This program of shorts includes works by Bruce Baillie, Warren Sonbert, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Gunvor Nelson, Peter Rose, Beverly and Tony Conrad, and more.
One man’s (acid) trip toward enlightened consciousness heads across deserts, galaxies, islands, and more. The most outrageously psychedelic film ever made: you can’t understand the early 1970s without this.
On BAMPFA’s outdoor screen on Addison Street. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair!
All aboard for a cross-Canada train tour with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and other rock legends. With Les Blank’s short God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance.
World Premiere of Restored 16mm Print
Score by Warner Jepson
The legendary, gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes shines on in this immaculate restored print.
Read more about Luminous Procuress and its history in the article Illumination Procured: Steven Arnold and the Body Eclectic.
Intergalactic be-bop meets black liberation in this surrealist musical document of Sun Ra, the eccentric performer/philosopher who boasted a consciousness both extraterrestrial and Afrocentric. Jazz from outer space, filmed in the Bay Area. With Toney W. Merritt’s short, What’s This?
Restored 35mm Print
This impassioned political documentary investigates the killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton, and is an indictment of the Chicago police force.
Antonioni filmed the sixties war between radical and straight cultures in LA and Death Valley. “A sorrowing, stranger’s-eye view of modern America” (Time).
Reality television meets political oppression in this notorious dystopian vision of a near future where activists are set loose in the desert for the benefit of viewing audiences. A Vietnam war precursor to The Hunger Games. With the Black Panther short, Off the Pig!
An interview with Black Panther Bobby Seale while he was incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail. With William Klein's Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther, a portrait of the Panther leader during his exile in Algiers.
Archival 35mm Print
Often called the greatest rock-and-roll film ever made, Gimme Shelter scrutinizes the Rolling Stones’s infamous Altamont Speedway concert, where hippies, Hells Angels, and rock stars combined to signal the bitter end of the Summer of Love.
Godard follows the Rolling Stones as they work on a new album, intercutting those scenes with footage of the Black Panthers, Maoist hippies, and scenes of urban unrest. With Joyce Wieland’s short, Rat Life and Diet in North America.
The original “docu-fiction hybrid,” Symbiopsychotaxiplasm documents (or does it?) a film being shot over and over again in New York’s Central Park.
Restored 35mm Print
This Academy Award–nominated documentary makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. One of the most effective antiwar documentaries ever made.
New 35mm Print
Haskell Wexler audaciously set a romance against the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, filmed documentary style. "Intensely American in its images and its ambition" (Newsweek).
This legendary concert film on the 1967 Monterey Pop festival captures Otis Redding, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and more at the height of their powers. With Agnès Varda’s filmed-in-Oakland Black Panthers.
Presented in association with the Center for Visual Music
Jordan Belson made abstract films richly woven with cosmological imagery exploring consciousness, transcendence, and the nature of light itself. Titles include Bop Scotch, Mandala, Chakra, Samadhi, and more.