From Stan Brakhage Remembrances:
Dominic Angerame (Executive Director, Canyon Cinema), April 2003
When I moved to Chicago, I started attending classes at the Chicago Art Institute, where, by happenstance, Brakhage was teaching film history. At the Institute, I became more involved in the work he was creating. Not only did I meet many great experimental filmmakers, but also I could talk to Brakhage personally. The first thing that struck me was his insistence that filmmakers be treated with dignity, respect, and be afforded the means to make a living from their pursuit of the arts.
His strength of character, steadfastness in principles, and the concept that filmmakers be treated with fairness has been a standard that has guided me through these many years of operating Canyon Cinema, a distributor of experimental and independent film. Since Brakhages death last March, Canyon Cinema, which distributes more than 300 of his films, has been flooded with requests from around the world for his work.
Brakhage always loved his family, which included the family of filmmakers. Not only was he a mentor to many of us, but he was also a good friend, and phenomenal filmmaker, and above all, a person who we could all look to for honest advice and guidance. He was always willing to talk honestly and openly about techniques, aesthetics, philosophy, and any other aspect of the filmmaking process. I have been honored to have been a friend of Stans for all these years, I will miss his encouraging words, his filmmaking advice, and his passion for filmmaking of all kinds. Stan Brakhages death is a loss to those of us involved in experimental filmmaking. As one of the worlds most eminent, influential, and creative filmmakers, his presence is surely missed, and his spirit lives on in his films.