Canyon Cinema Foundation in San Francisco is dedicated to educating the public about independent, non-commercial, experimental, avant-garde and artist-made moving images. We manifest this commitment by nurturing scholarship and awareness with public programming at universities and nonprofit cultural organizations worldwide.
The organization was originally founded as a filmmakers cooperative in about 1961 by Bruce Baillie as an exhibition outlet for independent film, and was formally established as an independent, non-commercial film distributor in 1967 which was dissolved in 2013.
At this time, the assets and operations of the co-op have been gifted to the Canyon Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit in the state of California. Canyon stands alongside The Film Makers Cooperative as one of the only major sources for prints and research information of avant-garde and experimental film in America.