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A Salon with Jason Halprin (From Little Things Big Things Grow)

Friday, June 15, 2018, 8:00 pm, $7-$10

Just before he leaves the Bay Area, please join current Oakland and soon to be Montréal resident Jason Halprin for a Salon with Canyon Cinema on the evening of Friday, June 15th 2018 at ATA, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Jason will present a variety of work he has made over the last 20 years alongside selections from Canyon filmmakers Gary Adelstein, Gina Carducci, Julie Murray, and Robert Schaller.


  1. Gina Carducci’s “Stone Welcome Mat” (6.5 min, 16mm, 2002)

  2. Mylar Balloon Rip-off (3.5 min, Super 8, 2007) (JH)

  3. Monongahela Ghost Train (3.5 min, Super 8, 2007) (JH)

  4. Gary Adelstein’s “More Italian Places” (12 min, Super 8, 1989)

  5. Agnes & Me (9 min, 16mm on Video, 2011) (JH)

  6. Robert Schaller “Triptych” (3 min, 16mm, 1996)

  7. Summer Home – (5 min, 16mm & Super8 on viddeo, 2001) (JH)

  8. Julie Murray’s “Expulsion” (9min, Super 8, 1999)

  9. In Which There Appears Trains, a Carousel, and Rain (10 min, video, 2016) (JH)

  10. Imperfect Video (20 min, video, 2013) (JH)


Focusing on details of movement, texture, line, and shape inherent in our surroundings, while borrowing visual tropes from travelogue, home movies, and structuralist film, his work explores how geography and place, both observed and constructed, manifests in the moving image. Working in small-gauge film and archival video while employing techniques from optical printing to time-lapse cinematography and hand-processing, Halprin’s preoccupations range from amusement parks and nostalgia to tourism and historical revisionism to musings on 9/11. In Halprin’s own words: “My work explores the way humans are affected by their immediate surroundings, and how the shape of a location can impact social interaction and culture… Cities and wilderness both open cerebral pathways that might otherwise not be taken… as for me, I am haunted by landscape.”

Originally from Southern Colorado, he graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Film Studies (’01) and a BA in History (’01), earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (’04), and will be pursuing a PhD in Film & Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. Currently, he teaches production in the Cinema Department at City College of San Francisco, and was previously on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Colgate University, and Columbia College Chicago. Previous screenings have included Media City 14 (Windsor), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), MCA Chicago, the Images Festival (Toronto), L’Etna (Paris), Anthology Film Archives, Crossroads (San Francisco), and in alleyways in Buenos Aires and Paonia, Colorado, USA.

The Canyon Cinema Salon series is made possible with generous support from the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation.


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