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Finding Aid to the John Canalli Photographs and Video Recordings, circa 1978-2010

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Canalli, John, 1956-1992
Title
Canalli (John) photographs and video recordings
Collection no.
Coll2009.007
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1985-1992
Date [inclusive]
circa 1978-2010
Extent
0.7 linear foot., 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Photographs, video recordings, and personal papers, circa 1978-2010, from gay independent filmmaker John Canalli. The bulk of the photographs documents Canalli and his friends attending drag queen events in San Francisco. The video recordings include DVDs and videocassettes of Canalli's film productions, including Wigstock documentaries and outtakes, the documentary Heroism : A Community Responds, programs from the Gay Cable Network, and excerpts from unfinished works.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] John Canalli Photographs and Video Recordings, Coll2009-007, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Born on October 29, 1956, independent filmmaker John Canalli (also known by his family name Canaly) wrote and produced LGBT-themed dramas and documentaries. Active in LGBT film festival programming, Canalli served as Assistant Film Festival Director for the 9th International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1985, where his dramatic short One Sings was screened. Canalli went on to develop the Gay Video Festival in San Francisco in 1986, and later co-developed west coast programming for the Gay Cable Network, which featured interview programs produced out of San Francisco and New York. Canalli also documented the AIDS crisis, writing and producing  Heroism : A Community Responds, which highlighted the gay community coming together through Meals on Wheels and other forms of compassionate outreach. Among his most celebrated works, Canalli produced a number of video documentaries about Wigstock, a popular annual drag performance party in New York City's Tompkins Square Park. He died from complications from AIDS on March 25, 1992.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, miscellaneous papers, clippings, microcassettes, photographs, and video recordings from independent filmmaker John Canalli, circa 1978-2010. The bulk of the photographs documents Canalli and his friends as they dressed up for and attended drag queen events, mostly in San Francisco. The video recordings include DVDs and videocassettes of Canalli's film productions, including Wigstock documentaries and outtakes, the documentary Heroism : A Community Responds, programs from the Gay Cable Network, and excerpts from unfinished works. Also included are an interview with Canalli and a documentary retrospective of his work.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Papers and photographs

Series 2. Video recordings

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Gift of Christine Canaly, July 30, 2009.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael Palmer; revised by Loni Shibuyama, May 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs
  • Video tapes

Subject(s)

  • Cross dressing
  • Drag shows
  • Gay and lesbian film festivals
  • Gay men on television
  • Gays in motion pictures
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures
  • Homosexuality on television
  • Motion pictures and gay men

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Papers and photographs circa 1978-2010 

Scope and Contents

This series comprises correspondence, miscellaneous papers, clippings, microcassettes, and photographs from John Canalli, circa 1978-2010. The microcassettes are sound recordings of Canalli's conversations with others, and audio from his film productions. The bulk of the photographs documents Canalli and his friends as they dressed up for and attended drag queen events, mostly in San Francisco. Note that some correspondence may be found in the photograph albums.

Arrangement

Personal papers are at the beginning of this series, followed by photographs.

Box Folder

 Personal papers 1980-1992 

1 1

 Whitworth, David correspondence about Canalli 1989-2010   21 color photographs.

1 2

 Microcassettes 1987-1988   2 microcassettes.

1 10

 Photograph album #1: "The Me Story" circa 1978-1992   60 color and black and white photographs.

1 3

 Photograph album #2 circa 1978-1992   90 color and black and white photographs.

1 4

 Photograph album #3 circa 1978-1992   49 color and black and white photographs.

1 5

 Photograph album #4 circa 1978-1992   57 color and black and white photographs.

1 6

 Photograph album #5 circa 1978-1992   290 color photographs.

1 7-8

 Photographs found loose circa 1978-1992   18 color photographs.

1 9

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Series 2:  Video recordings circa 1980-1992 

Scope and Contents

This series comprises DVDs and videocassettes of Canalli's film productions. Included are Wigstock documentaries and outtakes; the documentary Heroism : A Community Responds; programs from the Gay Cable Network; and excerpts from unfinished works. This series also includes an interview with Canalli and a documentary retrospective of his work.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Item

 1 in 7 undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (Betacam) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143228.

VDD0696

 Alphabitland: The Backyard Tour, Featuring Wigstock 89 1989   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143229.

VDD0697

 Alphabitland: The Underground Tour, Featuring Wigstock 90;  One Sings 1990   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154050.

VDD0698

 Alphabitland: The Underground Tour, Featuring Wigstock 90 1990   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143230.

VDD0699

 [Excerpts from John Canalli's unfinished work] undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143233.

VDD0700

 Gay Cable Network Show #51 and #52 undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154052.

VDD0701

 Ghetto Girls (A Day in the Life) undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154053.

VDD0702

 Ghetto Girls;  Human Still Life;  The Me Show undated   1 videocassette (VHS).

VV3094

 Halloween 89; Alphabitland (raw 5B + 8 + TV outtakes) undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154054.

VDD0703

 Heroism: A Community Responds undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154055.

VDD0704

 Human Still Life undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143231.

VDD0705

 Human Still Life; Gay Cable Network #47 and #52;  Pride and Progress;  The Right Stuff undated   2 videocassettes (VHS).

VV3095-VV3096

 Human Still Life;  The Me Show undated   1 videocassette (VHS).

VV3097

 [Interview excerpts] undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (U-matic) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M143232.

VDD0706

 John Canalli: Video Artist 1955-1992 (retrospective and interview) undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154057.

VDD0707

 Just Another Girl;  One Sings undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154056.

VDD0708

 Return of the Flys;  Divine is Dead;  Nuclear Family undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154051.

VDD0709

 Wigstock 89 undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154058.

VDD0710

 [Wigstock outtakes] undated   1 DVD.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Original videocassette (VHS) is stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive: UCLA Inventory #M154059.

VDD0711

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