CineFiles is an ongoing project of the BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center. This website, run on the open source Blacklight framework contains scanned images of reviews, press kits, film festival and repertory theater program notes, newspaper articles, and other ephemera from our extensive collections.
Film at BAMPFA 1971-2021
In 1971 the Pacific Film Archive began its celebrated film exhibition program. BAMPFA continues to offer a diverse repertory slate of over 450 screenings each year. Explore our earliest programs here.
Films in April 1975 included Summer Storm (USA, 1944), Pirosmani (Georgian SSR, 1971), plus films by experimenters Bruce Conner and Robert Breer.
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Writer, filmmaker, professor, and a longtime figure in feminist post-colonial filmmaking and theory, Trinh T. Minh-ha creates films, including Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1985) and Reassemblage (1982), that explore "the space between:" between viewer and image, creator and subject, love and resistance. In February 2022, Trinh delivered the fifth annual Les Blank Lecture on documentary at BAMPFA.
Bay Area avant-garde films
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a focal point for experimental filmmaking from the late 1800s to the present, and local avant-garde cinema forms one core of the BAMPFA film collection.
Still from Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961).
Postcards by Paul Clipson
Paul Clipson (1965-February 3, 2018) was a fixture of the Bay Area film and music scene until his untimely passing. He frequently collaborated with musicians, "performing" his films with multiple projectors in experimental art spaces. Our collection of postcards he created for his performances spans 2006-2017.
Postcard for a show at The Lab (San Francisco), 2010.
Africa's cinematic traditions are as diverse as the continent's many cultures, from classic Egyptian musicals to contemporary Nollywood hits. BAMPFA has showcased African films since 1971, and will host a retrospective of Malian director Souleyman Cissé from March 31-April 14, 2022.
Portrait of Souleyman Cissé
Wayne Wang's career has spanned major Hollywood productions (The Joy Luck Club, 1993) and smaller documentaries (Soul of a Banquet, 2014), and has made space for Asian Americans to tell their own stories onscreen, from the mundane to the sublime. BAMPFA will host Wang in person for a retrospective March 11–April 17, 2022
Portrait from the production of Chan is Missing (USA, 1982).
BAMPFA recently presented eight new films made by San Francisco filmmaker, Nathaniel Dorsky, during the COVID period. Dorsky has cultivated "a film form which, in itself, has all the qualities of being human: tenderness, observation, fear, relaxation, the sense of stepping into the world and pulling back, expansion, contraction, changing, softening, tenderness of heart." (Nathaniel Dorsky; still from Ember Days, 2021)
Silver screen idols
Explore our collection of head shots, on-set stills, and portraits of actors, directors, and other personalities who got their start in the golden age of silent films. Cinema changed worldwide with the introduction of sound beginning in 1927, and only some of these stars successfully transitioned to the "talkies."
Portrait of actress Marin Sais.