Bruce Baillie is a pioneer of the American underground film movement as both an experimental filmmaker and co-founding one of the most important institutions in the underground filmmaking scene.
Although born in South Dakota in 1931, Baillie is mostly associated with the San Francisco underground film scene that he helped to formally organize in the 1960s. With fellow filmmaker Chick Strand, Baillie threw a regular backyard screening series that eventually morphed into the distributor Canyon Cinema and the San Francisco Cinematheque.
Baillie's own films are typically experimental documentaries and serve as portraits of people or places that also sometimes combine elements of lyrical fantasy and/or poetic constructs. Several of his earliest films were also conceived and executed as documentary "news items" to be distributed by Canyon Cinema.
Learn more about this filmmaker at his website.