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L Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 11 Dec 2007 15:31:36 -0800
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor

Scott MacDonald, Professor of Film History at Hamilton College, is 
author of the five volumes of the _Critical Cinema _series (UC 
Press), of _The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent 
Films about Place _(UC Press), and of several other books on 
avant-garde film and on institutions that have kept avant-garde film 
alive. He is currently Visiting Professor of Film History at Hamilton 
College and at Harvard University.

"MacDonald's selections tread a pitch-perfect path between being 
comprehensive and making an engrossing and illuminating narrative. He 
has perfected his voice, and controls the entire history of U.S. 
avant-garde film with an easy and graceful confidence."-David E. 
James, author of _The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography 
of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles_

Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, 
Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard 
organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and 
evolved to become a major force in the development of independent 
cinema. Drawing from extensive conversations with men and women 
crucial to Canyon Cinema, from its newsletter _Canyon Cinemanews, 
_and from other key sources, MacDonald offers a lively chronicle of 
the life and times of this influential, idiosyncratic film exhibition 
and distribution collective. His book features many primary documents 
that are as engaging and relevant now as they were when originally 
published, including essays, poetry, experimental writing, and 

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
Electronic Marketing Coordinator
University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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