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Fundraiser for Other Cinema, venue for underground film in San Francisco's Mission District.
Fundraiser for Other Cinema, venue for underground film in San Francisco's Mission District.
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Other Cinema is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video and performance located in San Francisco's Mission District. Although under different names and housed in different locations, Other Cinema origins span back to 1978, when its founder Craig Baldwin began curating film shows at Film Offensive, at 21st and Valencia, right next to its present location at Artists’ Television Access.

In the spirit of the times, Baldwin sought to offer an alternative in reaction to the canonization of avant-garde films, which he and many others felt had become academic and institutionalized. As Baldwin says, “I didn’t see anything coming up from the ground that ended up on the screens,” so he began digging for these contemporary expressions, and has successfully curated them to this day. Other Cinema has fostered and shaped a vibrant and engaged community and supported many filmmakers, emerging and established, for over 27 years.

However, despite the boundless energy Baldwin pours into these weekly screenings, the Mission District has changed in ways that are perhaps not ideal for Other Cinema’s future. Gentrification of the neighborhood has called the certainty of OC’s continuation into serious question.

Other Cinema is in need of assistance from its friends, all-around admirers, and worldwide community. Help us keep this rich tradition alive for the exact reasons that it was first conceived—to celebrate and champion the works of underground media makers.

Here’s just a very short list of filmmakers and artists who have premiered their work at Other Cinema: Barbie Liberation Organization, Roger Beebe, Yin-Ju Chen, Jem Cohen, David Cox, Martha Colburn, Bill Daniel, Carl Diehl, Gerry Fialka, Goldwave, Sam Green, Todd Haynes, James T. Hong, Salise Hughes, Matt McCormick, Anne McGuire, Katherin McInnis, Bill Morrison, Negativland, Kerry Laitala, Jesse Lerner, Shalo P., Damon Packard, People Like Us, Potter-Belmar Labs, Vanessa Renwick, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Lynne Sachs, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Kelly Sears, Semiconductor, Greta Snider, Melinda Stone, Deborah Stratman, Cyrus Tabar, and Ben Wood.

Visit our website at www.othercinema.com

Press Quotes:

"Baldwin, under all these aliases, may be the longest-running punk-eclectic-experimental fusion programmer in the Bay Area, and that’s with no grant funding.”–V. Vale, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000

“San Francisco’s Other Cinema typically offers a range of extreme beatnik, hippie and punk films”–J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“A ravishing exploration of the blurred boundaries of politics and personal film art.”–Edward Crouse, Village Voice

“Other Cinema is the community adhesive that binds local and traveling filmmakers to the broader media culture.” David Cox, Sign Wars: The Culture Jammers Strike Back

“Other Cinema, the Valencia Street sanctuary for cinematic extremity of all stripes.”–Steve Polta, San Francisco Cinemateque

“Silliness and surrealism are right at home.”–Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Unreel world: All year long, Other Cinema programs scramble viewers brains like so many eggs.”–Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian

“Other Cinema keeps the mondo-trendo-retro-wacko ball rolling.”–Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

“But perhaps an even more essential catalyst for the revival of experimental film was the proliferation of more homespun venues, like Other Cinema”–Brian L. Frye, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000

“Wild-ass wigged-out, red-hot-live video remixes (of bad TV)”–SF Bay Guardian

Original "Campaign 2000" box from Bryan Boyce’s video "Election Collectibles"

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    “Shadows, Spectres, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film,” book by Jeffrey Skoller. Examines experimental films, including work by Eleanor Antin, Ernie Gehr, and Jean-Luc Godard.
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    Double DVD set of "Orphans in Space." Films on this DVD include "A Trip to the Planets" (Paramount Pitograph, 1920); "Meteorites" (Pavel Klushantsev, 1947), "Beyond the Moon" (R.E. Barnes, 1965); "Project Apollo" (Ed Emshwiller, 1968); "Galaxies" (Lillian Schwartz, 1974); "Men in Orbit" (John Lurie, 1979), "Teenage Cosmonauts" (USSR, 1980); and "These Blazeing Starrs!" a new film by Deborah Stratman.

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    Craig Baldwin’s personal, used copy of “Radical Light, Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000”, including original white Post-It tape, basement schmutz, fingerprints, and personalized message. This kaleidoscopic collection of essays, interviews, photographs, and artist-designed pages chronicles the vibrant and influential history of experimental cinema in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paperback, 352 pages, 2010. Unique object.

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    One Box-Set of Craig Baldwin’s films, including “Mock Up On Mu,” “Spectres of the Spectrum,” “Sonic Outlaws,” “Tribulation 99,” “RocketKit KongoKit,” and “Wild Gunman” plus special gift.

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