This Week at EPFC

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Unix for Artists: Fun with FFMPEG

The organizing principle behind the "Unix philosophy" is to take small, singularly-focused applications and use them in concert to create complex, powerful problem-solving tools. In this workshop we will explore FFMPEG and other free, open-source applications as building blocks for making and manipulating video art. Through demonstrations with practical examples participants can try at home we will explore FFMPEG's features for transcoding, resizing, editing, applying effects and more. Using it in conjunction with ImageMagick, Processing, Youtube-dl and more, we demonstrate how this powerful application can be a part of your personal art practice whether you are an animator, editor, programmer or just having fun on the computer.

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Film Friends: Series Continues May 12 with Cherry Kino!

Film Friends is a monthly series that brings established and emerging filmmakers together online for informal discussions on everything analog cinema. Series 1 features eco image-makers from around the world! Zoom in on May 12 — 10 AM LA time — as we continue the series in conversation withMartha Jurksaitis aka Cherry Kino. Free event! All welcome!

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CineKids: A Monthly Film/Video Online Workshop for Kids and Teens!

Thursday, May 13 at 4 pm! Online via Zoom! Want to explore fun filmmaking techniques and technologies? Share works-in-progress? Check out and chat about cool movies? Create collaborative media arts project with your peers around the world? Join us online for CineKids on the second Thursday of each month, 4 - 5 pm Los Angeles time. Free! No filmmaking experience necessary! All kids and teens ages 8 to 18 welcome!

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Registration now open for El Mash Up!

What happens when we liberate art from its categories? Or when we merge those?
Co-facilitated by Daniela Rodríguez and Dora Prieto with assistance from EPFC North and Cineworks, this workshop is intended for all self-identifying Latinx/Latine youth (ages 13-18), and those that don’t identify as Latinx but have a connection and heritage to the lands known as Latinoamérica, and who reside within the greater Vancouver area, on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

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  • The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony

    Shot on Super 8 black-and-white film, this is a cinematic exploration of Los Angeles’s many environments and landscapes. A collaboration between the Los Angeles City Symphony and the Echo Park Film Center

  • I Started Off Holding The Camera and Then I Passed It On

    An EPFC Filmmobile community video project facilitated by visiting British filmmaker, artist and educator Ed Webb Ingall.

  • Free Time and Sunshine: Home Movies In Southern California

    A documentary exploring and celebrating the home movie in Southern California created by the Echo Park Film Center Fall 2013 Youth Class.

  • Chinatown Takeout

    An film noir homage exploring issues of gentrification and displacement in LA's Chinatown created by the Echo Park Film Center Spring 2017 Youth Class.

  • Sunset and Alvarado

    This hour-long documentary, SUNSET AND ALVARADO, by the EPFC Fall 2016 Youth Class, explores the realities of increasing gentrification in the Echo Park neighborhood.

    Filmmakers: Miabella Chavez, Bryan Chavez, Stephane DeLeon, Angel Fabre, Nicole Hernandez, Eliza Jimenez, Maria Monterrosa, Ivy Olvera, Unie Olvera, Angie Quiroz, Brigit Retana, Alex Roofhopper, Micah Siler, and Rene Aguilar Weber.

    Instructors: Gemma Jimenez, Georgiana Olivas, Miko Revereza, Mike Stoltz

  • Watch Your Step! Al Pasito!

    Watch Your Step! ¡Al Pasito! was an August 2020 film program located in Panorama City that showcasing several films shot by Angelenos about walking and moving through Los Angeles. The screeningalso included the premiere of this new film made by the EPFC Co-op that shares information about incoming changes to the valley including Metro construction and how to stay safe as a pedestrian throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This program was funded by a generous grant from SCAG, GoHuman, and the California Office of Traffic Safety.

  • Happy Holidays from EPFC North!

    We like making art and spreading it around. We like making movies, genre: Kinda Underground. We're not in it for the money, we're not doing it for fame. We're doing it for love. We're doing it for love. (Music: Los Gatitos)

  • Film Friends: Episode 1 with Dagie Brundert

    Film Friends is a monthly series that brings established and emerging filmmakers together online for informal discussions on everything analog cinema. Series 1 features eco image-makers from around the world!

  • Tin Can Telephone: A Community Film Project

    Tin Can Telephone is a celebration of neighborhourhood creativity and connectivity in challenging times.

    Images were created by 65 individuals over the span of two months (January 1 to February 28, 2021) in the Grandview-Woodland Neighbourhood on the traditional, unceded homeland of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

    Each participant or participating family selected a date and then created one image or 5 seconds of video that in some way represented Grandview-Woodland on that day. Together they become a cinematic chain letter reflecting on everyday local life during a global pandemic.

    Project made possible by The Vancouver Foundation's Small Neighbourhood Grants program with creative support from EPFC North.