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Canyon Cinema Foundation (San Francisco, CA 94124-2653)
Seth Mitter (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Purchase of Film Storage Shelving and Preservation Supplies.

The purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies for more than 3,200 non-commercial, independent, and avant-garde films dating from the 1920s to the present; the collection consists of works by some 250 filmmakers, including Stan Brakhage, Peter Hutton, and Chick Strand, many of them based in the San Francisco area and in other parts of the West Coast.


Canyon Cinema Foundation’s (CCF) collections of film and related paper material represent 90 years of independent, artist-made film history. CCF’s loan program for its circulating film print collection (over 3200 reels) supports programming and exhibition by educational and cultural institutions across the globe. CCF’s collections of historical documents are important to researchers studying the history and culture of independent filmmaking. We are seeking funding to fulfill the recommendations of a 2017 collections preservation needs assessment with the purchase of horizontal shelving and preservation supplies. This project supports ongoing efforts to improve storage, care, and management for our collections of motion picture film, periodicals, and documents.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Film History and Criticism; Media Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019