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A Space Exodus

EPFC | May 15th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Roger Hill

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories.

A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour’s film.

Directed by Larissa Sansour

9 Days from my Window in Alleppo

EPFC | May 8th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Roger Hill

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories.

9 Days from my Window in Alleppo. Directed by Issa Touma
https://www.facebook.com/AleppoGallery/

This incredibly personal and moving documentary brings the audience into Aleppo and the life of the filmmaker. In August 2012, Syrian photographer Issa Touma awoke to the dawn of the rebel uprising in the city of Aleppo. He spent the next nine days holed up in his apartment, filming the emerging civil war outside.

Winner of the European Short Film Award at the European Film Awards

It’s Time For ACTION! New Summer Series at EPFC!

EPFC | May 7th, 2017

ACTION! Cinema As Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! Cinema As Sanctuary features political documentary films and filmmaking workshops that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

All events are FREE! Check the EPFC Cinema and Workshop calendars for more details.

Curated Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 


Stateless

EPFC | May 2nd, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Roger Hill

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories.

This month we will explore different genres: Experimental, Documentary, Animation, Science Fiction and Drama.
Starting off with this fantastic experimental piece by Hasan Tanji.

Sweat is a story that began from the sea of Palestine… the journey of the refugee towards an exile he didn’t chose, and that was forced upon him. A story of wars and conflicts, leaving behind a new exile each time, killing memories and creating new ones. The refugee remains in constant struggle with place and identity and tries to find stability in his unstable life. This time, the sea is the last resort.
https://vimeo.com/204171070

Kenny Powers

EPFC | April 24th, 2017

Marvelous Movie Mondays

Guest curator: Sophia Peer
FAILURE + TENACITY = SUCCESS

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a character who generally gets it wrong, failing hard, but when they get it right- they get it SO right. Kenny Powers in Eastbound & Down is a great example.

I recommend you look past what this show may appear to be. I get it, it’s a mullet dude on a wave runner, spewing misogynistic sound bites for teenage boys to store as one-liners that degrade women. I felt a lot of resistance towards watching this show because of that, but if you check it out, I think you’ll find that this show is about doing the best with what you got, to achieve seemingly impossible dreams by using extreme force and determination. Kenny can’t settle for being anything but the man he fantasizes himself to be.

Here’s a great quote:
“Fearlessness looks like insanity to a coward”
-Louis Farrakhan

And here’s a scene from the final season (but watch them all!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM9QkZ8cRL8