Born in 1984: Artists’ Television Access Hits the Big Three-Oh

By Johnny Ray Huston

From the outside, it looks like a simple building—a modest, rare un-gentrified spot on Valencia Street. But inside, Artists’ Television Access offers views into any number of worlds, from bizarre realms you’d never imagine visiting, to others that suddenly and unexpectedly mirror your innermost thoughts. There’s a spartan, bare-bones screening room with a small balcony that can be used for projection, a back room perfect for drinks and snacks at intermission time, a pair of bathrooms (one equipped with a shower), and then there’s the basement, the archival and creative lair of Craig Baldwin, the hyper visionary behind ATA’s signature Other Cinema program and movies such as Sonic Outlaws and Spectres of the Spectrum. Continue reading