Founded in 1961 by filmmakers Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand, San Francisco Cinematheque is one of the premier exponents of avant-garde and experimental film, video and multimedia performance in the U.S. In its dedication to exhibiting works of aesthetically radical cinema—variously abstract, visually poetic, politically charged and culturally adversarial—from all historical eras and geo-political locales, Cinematheque celebrates the breadth and depth of this vibrant art form in all its myriad expressions and provides Bay Area audiences with aesthetic experiences offered by no other local arts institution.

Cinematheque’s Mission is to cultivate the international field of non-commercial artist-made cinema, inspiring dialog among artists, stimulating critical discourse and encouraging appreciation of artist-made cinema across the broader cultural landscape. In addition to presenting public screenings of work, Cinematheque also creates and promotes publications and online resources documenting the field and maintains a publicly accessible research archive. Cinematheque has, over its 58 years of existence, supported the careers of thousands of film/video artists and cemented the Bay Areaʼs reputation as a major nexus of international avant-garde film.

Cinematheque has been an exhibition partner of YBCA since the institution’s opening in 1993.

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