Bruce Baillie

film artist

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Please be aware that Mr. Baillie's

e-mail address has been hacked by a scammer!

Bruce is safe at home, nowhere near London!

 

Volume I & II on DVD

now AVAILABLE

through Canyon Cinema

About the Artist
A Word to
Fans and Friends!
An Interview
with Bruce!
 
The Films of
Bruce Baillie

DVD Up Date

 
Articles Publications
Sound Files Chapt XI
Memoires of an Angel
Dr. Bish Remedies Show

Film artist Bruce Baillie is currently working on what he has declared as his final, major creative project.

This site is dedicated to aiding in the world-wide fund raising campaign to help support Bruce and his enduring contribution to the world of art.

From the Philippines, haircut in the backyard '96,
a frame from Part III "Memoires of an Angel".
Backyard wind and clouds, water buffalo and the laundry:  
"of loving & laundry, not confusing worlds,
one random, the other
  Infinite (which is which?)
Pursued by -
Love I reveal my
unmentionables to the winds"
Sheba,
locked into the desert
     sounds of Yemen.  Marib,           
swept by
     thousands of inert
           secrets, hidden from           devoted lovers of these      
lost centuries.       
                 - BB,  7/6/09
DVD Up Date!
 
Released October 19, 2009 -
DVD Volume II
(Here I Am & Quixote)
Also...
Bruce Baillie has announced the release the second edition (Red Rose Edition) of his DVD Volume I. This volume includes Tung, Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Valentin de las Sierras, Castro Street, and All My Life. These are newly restored versions of each title.
 
Please contact:
Canyon Cinema
145 Ninth Street, Suite 260
San Francisco, California 94103
phone/fax: 415-626-2255
 
In the works:
 
Vol III =  Quick Billy  
 
Vol IV = Recent videos
 
Vol V =  final film, in progress:  "Les Memoires d/un Ange". 
The Dr. Bish Remedies Show!
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
 

The Artist

Film artist Bruce Baillie has committed his whole life to creating a more peaceful world through his art. One of the founders of the San Francisco Avant Garde film movement, his works are in the Library of Congress and considered national treasures.

   
A Word from Bruce:
 
I am undertaking in my final decade the task of putting as much of my work as possible into a series of DVD albums.  
Being an artist in a cultural Stone Age, I have no income.   I am tax deductable, needing at this phase $4K for DV equipment (as to food for family, we have some help from the local food bank).
 
Donors of $100 and above tax deductable contributions will be listed on the DVD disc of Volume II as 'Producer.'
 
All the best,
Bruce Baillie
 

You can help support Bruce's efforts!

All contributions are tax deductible through Anthology Film Archives.
 

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Now Available:
Volume One on DVD!
 
 
Seeking tax deductable contributions to this, my final project - some 5 to 7 two-disc DVD Volumes, incl. the final film, 'Memoires of an Angel'.
 
*Vol.I, Disc 1,  Five Films:  Tung, Mass, Valentin de las Sierras, Castro Street, and All My Life.
       Disc 2, "Study Reel", by Sami Van Ingen, Finland.  AD 2002 digital video report from the Baillie residence, Camano Island.
 
Best regards to all out there in your lives and with your labors!
Bruce Baillie
 

 

Sound files from Bruce!
 
Bruce's presentation of Will Hindle's films
at Canyon Cinema, November 2005:
Part One
Part Two
   

 

Chapter XI
...a collection of writings, photographs and other creative concoctions.

correspondence from "Chapt XI"....

Tue, 08 Aug 2006

Dear Shirley McLaine,

who has played across _________ Lemon, what's his name? too often:  Jack it is ... Jack it would be interesting to see him do something outside his clever archetype.   Sort of innocence by fire if necessary, as in deprivational torture, to reach the inner, final person.   At which time the filming would begin - interesting, as I say, to see him do a role once bereft of all masquerade, no?     Really boring, ultimately, the surround of entertaining excellence.    Inexcellence * - apriori revelation thru human simplicity ("poverty") perhaps the key to the art of moving imagery in narrative.   Oh well, who wants to know?    Maybe I'll forward this to my website lady.               *See, "Alternatives to Success and Failure in the Field" -

Dr B.

 


 

Part III, Memoires of an Angel (in progress):

         "The uniform of peace (Life!) is humility."

                                         - August 16, '06

 

 

 

An Interview with Bruce Baillie
 
From: "carlos.adriano"
To: "Bruce Baillie"
Subject: interview
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 22:04:09
 
Dear Bruce Baillie,
Do you remember you've accepted my proposal for an interview by email? Here go the questions. Thanks a lot
for giving me the honor of this conversation.
 
1- You are working on the transferring of all your 16mm films to DVD. The plan is to release 5 or 7 volumes with
a two-disc (double set) DVD at each volume and it includes your final film, 'Memoirs of an Angel'.
a) How many films will be included? Any extra material (as interviews)?
b) What is the feeling of having all your work available at once and also for a young generation?
c) Do you have any sense (or temptation) of evaluation your work as a whole with this opportunity?
 
2- You were one of the pioneers in U.S. to show and distribute independent films and avantgarde work, as a
founder of Canyon film distributor.
a) How do you see the slotse for experimental films today?
b) How do you think avantgarde work is considered inside film (mainstream) culture?
 
3- Do you see any future in the relationship between cinema and internet?
 
4- What do you think of Hollywood today?
 
5- Your generation (not only filmmakers, but also poets, painters and musicians) had a project for a better society.
a) What is your opinion of current America under Bush administration?
b) How is the cultural "ambience" in U.S. today?
 
6- Are you working in any new film or a new work? (If so, what is that?)
 
7- What can you answer to the question: why do you make films? What has been your purpose as a film artist?
 
Warmest regards,
c.a.

From Bruce Baillie.
Cc/to: My website, www.brucebaillie.net, and for the Brazilian magazine, TROPICO.
 
Dear Carlos,
 
Sorry for delay, I have had an eight month series of flu and colds ... our son, Keith, just finishing his last day in first grade. Language here may be abbreviated to conserve energy and relative mental clarity. Much appreciate hearing from you.
 
1. Just beginning my second year with Volume I. Disc 1: Tung, Mass, Valentin de las Sierras, Castro Street, All My Life. Disc 2: Study Reel, by Sami Van Ingen, Finland, 2002. It is an expensive and complicated procedure digitally remastering and locating the best original film materials, doing my own graphics, etc. As I write, the new lab DV masters are nearly all assembled for making the second DV master for Vol.I, which will include inserts from Stan Brakhage and myself speaking about certain of the films, an archival still of myself editing Quick Billy in Ft Bragg, CA, '73 by (deceased) Kenji Kanesaka, and an excerpt of Jonas Mekas presenting the '05 Lifetime Achievment Award in NY for my work in cinema. Copies will be DVD. The one-hour piece by Sami Van Ingen is filled with commentary on various of the films along with the one-hour video of myself and family.
 
The graphics allow for some inclusion from my archives - current and historic photographs, notes from the ongoing, "Chapt XI", etc. Volume II, Disc 1: Quixote and To Parsifal. Disc 2: CD (Radio), Dr Bish Remedies #XIV. Volume III, Dis 1: Quick Billy. Disc 2: The Rolls (Quick Billy). Volume IV: Intro Holy Scrolls. Here I Am (just released from new interneg and a new DV master). The P-39 Pilot (video). Intro Roslyn Romance. Excerpts from Commute (video), Day Ashore (unfinished film), On Sundays (first film), some smaller video pieces ... The Return of The Cardinal, etc. Volume V: Les Memoires d'un Ange (Memoires of an Angel) video in three parts. Part I, SALUTE, already finished and in limited release. There may be others to follow, the 11-hour Holy Scrolls, etc., but I should live so long, as they say in Brooklyn (God Bless Charles Levine).
 
2. Yes, Canyon Cinema began in my backyard, 1961, to correct a few of the histories. The distribution aspect came along a bit later. We have quite an extensive catalog at Canyon, still flourishing in its 44th year. As to Culture, in the overview, so to speak, America has always been a vital and most interesting multicultural society - aside from nature, one of my own inspirations for living and working in this country. However, Culture in a more specific context remains I think a question mark. A huge question. The culture of business as usual, the automobile, profit and loss, real estate, the football score, spiritually vacant technological phenomena. Art and artist lost along with the disenfranchised poor.
 
Forgotten, Le Sange du Poet (sp?), the mystery of found imagery which speaks for an entire people, a Culture. What remains of a people: the unique design on a pottery shard, an hieroglyph, a masque, the touch - the blood of the Poet, the sound of Eternity, a message in code from "somewhere utterly else" (to quote Brakhage in his introduction to my Castro Street). The art of the moving image - film, cinema, video, television, etc - is THE singular and most universally effective medium ever devised by mankind with its potential for explaining or essentially identifying us personally and collectively. Worldwide, it is the once localized city state central frieze, the centralized, continuous Theatre of our times, alive and awake with the vital information of WHO AM I, WHO ARE WE. Rather than this absurd actuality, "constant misinformation" ( i.e.,commercialized, popluar media). Is it really "experimental" to create - recreate simply truth and beauty?
 
Answering your question re the avantgarde - art and artist, or simply, being human, in mainstream society nonculture ... there is generally no information available on the subject .... I assure you of the odd veracity of this statement, living as we do in a common neighborhood, working in various fields as volunteer here, there, anywhere. "All of it lost", my friend used to say, it is forgotten. That is perhaps why I have taken on this final task.
 
3. I am too tired at the moment to respond to this once interesting topic, one which I believe I will mostly leave to the young. There is a certain particular value one recalls in "going to the movies": the old cinema, the heavy maroon mohair seats, the curtains, the golden chain ropes, the popcorn, the darkness and anticipation, and so on. Even today, in reviewing film prints by projection re the DVD project, and viewing video by electronic monitor, there is an essential difference. Unfortunately, re films and film labs, nearly all the important lovely film stocks are no longer in production, having succumbed to the contemporaneous preference for convenience over beauty. There WAS something about going to the movies, like potluck dinners with a random crowd of humanity.
 
4. Hollywood. Of course there is no such entity (try a visit to Hollywood and Vine, a ghetto of Taiwanese trinketry, smog and littered avenues ... missing those charming, innumerable imitators of Charles Bronson, Lana Turner, Tyrone Power, and so on, working at Castle Burgers or the Hollywood YMCA), however THE REAL MOVIES are still appearing from somewhere, with perennial indifference to all but the homicidal automobiles, the childish scripts from UCLA, etc. And, amongst the constant trash there are those more than wonderful, amazing feature films of genius.
 
I will have to write further at another time.\line Since I will have this posted to my web, both questions and response, I would like to take the opportunity to greet so many old friends and those readers who may become new friends. Let us stay in touch, in part via these several filmmaker websites, as we once did when we were constantly "on tour", on the road, showing our work, enjoying dinners and good conversation together. And ... do not be put off by SUCCESS. The crowd pleasers, the festival winners, the money makers. (I hope one day to publish The Doctor's manual, "Alternatives to Success"). I am this week, for example, waiting for the right moment for backlight behind the swaying, extraordinarily tall green grasses we have here this early summer - just that, and the right piece of music. Lets hear from you: What was for supper last night? The dream? Your work.
 
- Bruce Baillie

Photo from the collection of Jodi.
Used with permision from the good folks at
Morningstar

 

The Films of Bruce Baillie
16mm Films available through
Canyon Cinema:
 
On Sundays (1960-61, 26 min.)
 
 David Lynn's Sculpture (1961, 3 min.,
unfinished)
 
 Mr. Hayashi (1961, 3 min.)
 
 The Gymnasts (1961, 8 min.)
 
 Friend Fleeing (1962, 3 min., unfinished)
 
 Everyman (1962, 6 min.)
 
 News #3 (1962, 3 min.)
 
 Have You Thought of Talking to the
Director? (1962, 15 min.)
 
 Here I Am (1962, 10 min.)
 
 A Hurrah for Soldiers (1962-63, 4 min.)
 
 To Parsifal (1963, 16 min.)
 
 Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964, 20 min.)
 
 The Brookfield Recreation Center (1964,
5 min.)
 
 Quixote (1964-65, 45 min., revised 1967)
 
 Yellow Horse (1965, 8 min.)
 
 Tung (1966, 6 min.)
 
 Castro Street (1966, 10 min.)
 
 All My Life (1966, 3 min.)
 
 Still Life (1966, 2 min.)
 
 Termination (1966, 6 min.)
 
 Port Chicago Vigil (1966, 9 min.)
 
 Show Leader (1966, 1 min.)
 
 Valentin De Las Sierras (1967, 10 min.)
 
 Quick Billy (1970, 70 min.)
 
 Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?):
Intro. I & II (1978)
 
The Holy Scrolls*. 16MM Archives -
hitherto unseen films, spanning 35 years. Semi-edited, silent, spliced, prepared for a few special showings. Three years' work assembling five shows, 12 hours total. Completed 2-98. Includes program notes, dates, etc., and 10-minute introductory video with author commenting on films, video inserts from more recent life, family, etc. The complete Roslyn Romance, never released, as well as Day Ashore with Paul Tulley, 60's Berkeley/San Francisco. The Cardinal's Visit (80's), etc. Suggested live music accompaniment.  * (So-named by Paul Arthur).
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ARTICLES

Film in the Cities and Walker Art Center, monograph series: Filmmakers Filming, 1980.

 Sheldon Renan's An Introduction to the American Underground Film, 1967.

 "Dr. Bish remedies" (Question and answer column, pseudonym); Bard Observer, 1975-77, Bard College, NY; The Downtown Review, Norwich, VT, 1983.

 Ph.D. Thesis by Scott Nygren, SUNY, Buffalo, NY: Quick Billy, 1982.

 Brigid Rose and Dr. Bish: A Celtic Journey, M.F.A. Thesis by Kathleen Connor, University of B.C., Canada, April 1988.

 A Critical Cinema, Vol. 2, Scott MacDonald, UC Press, Berkeley, 1992.

 Ph.D. Thesis by Kathleen Connor, June 1994, Ohio University, Quick Billy and W.B. Yeats', The Wandering of Oisin.

 "Media & The City", University of New Mexico, Alberqueque, November 1996 (video record available via Media Arts Department).

 Articles & Essays by Bruce Baillie: Performing Arts Journal , 50/51, May/September 1995, Vol. XVII, pp. 35-39, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

 Baillie. Life, Work (a scrapbook), by Timoleon Wilkins, published by SF Cinematheque, April 1995.

 "The Work of Bruce Baillie", The New American Cinema by Gregory Battcock (ed.), New York: E.P. Dutton, 1967, pp. 226-233.

 "San Francisco's Hipster Cinema" by Thomas Kent Alexander. Film Culture, No. 44, Spring, 1967, p. 70.

 "An Interview with Bruce Baillie" by Richard Whithall, Film Culture, No. 47, Summer 1969, p. 19.

 "Bruce Baillie: An Interview" by Richard Corliss, Film Comment, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1971, pp. 24-32.

 "Movie Journal" by Jonas Mekas, New York: Macmillan, 1972, pp. 415-418.

 "Bruce Baillie and the Lyrical Film" by P. Adams Sitney, New Forms in Film: Montreux, August 3/24, 1974, Exhibition catalogue edited by Annette Michelson, Montreux: Corbax, 33-37.

 "Visionary Film" by P. Adams Sitney, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974, 1979 (A Hurrah for Soldiers; All My Life; Castro Street; Have You Thought of Talking to The Director; Mass; Mr. Hayashi; Quick Billy; Quixote; Still Life; To Parsifal; Tung; Valentin de las Sierras).

 "Castro Street: The Sensibility of Style" by Lucy Fischer, Film Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 3, Spring 1976, pp. 15-16.

 "Animal Cinema: The Spirit of Roslyn" by Ken Kelman, Film Culture 67-68-69, 1979.

 "'Quixote' And Its Contexts" by Paul Arthur, Film Culture 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Baillie's Use of Light: A Reading Of His Notebooks" by Anthony Bannon, Film Culture 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Filmmaker's Filming: Bruce Baillie" by Ernest Callenbach, Booklet in a series published by Film In The Cities (St. Paul, MN) and Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, MN), 1979.

 "Bruce Baillie's Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?)" by Sue Anne Estevez, Millenium Film Journal, Nos. 4/5, New York, 1979.

Castro Street '66-67 notebooks, Anthology Film Archives library, NYC.

 Commute (video, April 1995), Article by Paul Arthur, Millennium Film Journal, #29, Fall 1996, pp. 31-33, Photo by Fr. James Geogoghan.

 Pacific Film Archive, US Berkely, Continuing Bruce Baillie "file": Articles, audio & video tapes about or by the filmmaker.

 The P-38 Pilot (video, 1990), Articles, critique, notes, available from the author.

 Memoires of an Angel, Novel-journal-autobiography in progress since 1988. To appear in serial form, author's website. Eventually with PFA, UC Berkely "file". 1998, in process of compiling, editing. To include numerous archival photos, which the author also plans to release on Internet.

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PUBLICATIONS

"Letters Written to a Friend While Shooting 'Romance', Out Of Roslyn, Dry Wheat, August 1973" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter to Jonas Mekas" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Trailer Notebook '78" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter To Sally Dixon, May 4, 1978, "Roslyn Romance" - For Pittsburgh Footage" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter to Sylvia Sutherland, Watertown, MN" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Found Poem (Found by Bruce Baillie)" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "More From Trailer Notebook" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter, August 18, 1978" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter to Bill Wees, McGill University, January 4, 1978" by Bruce Baillie, Film Culture, No. 67-68-69, 1979.

 "Letter" by Bruce Baillie, Independent Eye Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 1989.



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