ART+FILM ACMI and Revelation Film Festival Present

ART+FILM: Always Something There to Remind Me

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Guest curator Denah Johnston presents a collection of rarely seen 16mm films by female filmmakers.

Exploring an array of approaches to filmmaking technique, structure, subject and style, Always Something There to Remind Me is the result of a passionate wander through 60 years of the Canyon Cinema collection, specifically considering work made by women.

Found footage, optical printing, documentary, dance, performance, repetition, time-lapse and other approaches engage in human folly between the sexes, the Anthropocene, cosmic strip tease and various issues related to agency and representation.

This program aims to crack open the vault and encourage interest in exploring the various worlds and wonders within.

Short films in this program

  • What is a Man?, 10 min. color, sound 16mm (1958) Dir: Sara Kathryn Arledge

  • Roseblood, 8 min. color, sound 16mm (1974) Dir: Sharon Couzin

  • Miss Jesus Fries on Grill, 12 min. color, sound 16mm (1973) Dir: Dorothy Wiley

  • Removed, 6 min. color, sound 16mm (1999) Dir: Naomi Uman

  • Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabon), 13 min. color, sound 16mm (1992) Dir: Cauleen Smith

  • Lie Back and Enjoy It, 8 min. b&w, sound 16mm (1982) Dir: JoAnn Elam

  • Take Off, 10 min. b&w, sound 16mm (1972) Dir: Gunvor Nelson

  • You and I Remain, 15 min. color, sound 16mm (2015) Dir: Kate McCabe

About Canyon Cinema

Canyon Cinema’s unique collection of artist-made films traces the vital history of the experimental and avant-garde filmmaking movements from 1921 to the present.  With a strong emphasis on American West Coast and San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers, Canyon Cinema began in filmmaker Bruce Baillie’s backyard in 1961 as a forum for filmmakers to share work with each other and the community. Today, Canyon Cinema continues to serve as an essential resource for educators, curators, researchers, and enthusiasts through their distribution program and online catalogue.


ART+FILM is a regular free monthly program showcasing rarely-screened, short and feature-length works by leading Australian and international moving image artists.