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Marvelous Movie Mondays: Stairway to Stardom

EPFC | March 31st, 2020

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Cristina Kolozsváry-Kiss

Theme: Where’s Wayne’s World? A brief dive into the disappearing world of democratic and non-commercial television made possible by public access.

Finally, my favorite video on the internet. Stairway to Stardom was a public access show which aired in New York from 1979 to the early 90s. Credited as a precursor to Star Search and American Idol, it served the local neighborhoods and gave anyone and everyone a platform to showcase their talent. I implore you to leave your irony at the door and consider the remarkable talent required to be brave enough to go on TV to broadcast your private passions, and playful enough to smile when you don’t get it quite right. There are superstars amongst us, and they show it in the smallest acts of kindness, the plain-sight artistry of everyday life and the humility required to be a part of a community. Let’s all try to inject a little Michael Daniel Baez into this crazy period we’re living through and love a song so much we have to sing aloud, to take pleasure in our voices and sing together in harmony (even if it’s a little off-key). Stay safe, everyone. <3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRpV17JQTIk
#marvelousmoviemondays

EPFC Archive Deep Dive: Filmmaking Workshops for Seniors

EPFC | March 31st, 2020

This week we celebrate our Echo Park Film Center’s Amazing Elders with an image of one of EPFC’s very first Seniors Filmmaking Workshops, facilitated by EPFC Co-Founder Ken Fountain (far right). Yes, that is a Dennis Kucinich For President T-shirt and yes, Ellen is still fighting for people’s politics and social justice!

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The Week at EPFC North: Moberly Moments

EPFC | March 31st, 2020

This week’s Moment is from Flipping Out: A Flip Book Workshop (March 2, 2019), taught by visiting artist and EPFC Co-op Member Gina Napolitan!

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Marvelous Movie Mondays: The Live! Show

EPFC | March 26th, 2020

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Cristina Kolozsváry-Kiss

Theme: Where’s Wayne’s World? A brief dive into the disappearing world of democratic and non-commercial television made possible by public access.

Well, one day late but still good. Please forgive my tardiness, I was detained by a mild fever and a severe panic. As we all lockdown in our homes, we are streaming more than ever. Netflix is curbing the quality it streams videos across Europe to ease the sudden burden on the internet providers. What better time to reflect on the nature of Television than when we are fully immersed and more embedded in TV reality than our own?
Enter Jaime Davidovich, an Argentinian-American performance artist and public access television pioneer. From Wikipedia: “The Live! Show, a weekly public-access television program with a variety show format that appropriated the formal norms of television along with avant-garde performances, artwork, political satire, and social commentary. The program featured interviews and performance work by visiting artists, including Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Tony Oursler, and Michael Smith, along with musical performances, ersatz commercials, and viewer participation via live call-in segments. Presiding over the show’s disparate collaborative elements was Davidovich’s own satirical character, ‘Dr. Videovich, specialist in curing television addiction,’ whom the New York Times’ television critic John J. O’Connor described as ‘a persona somewhere between Bela Lugosi and Andy Kaufman.'” An early deconstruction of television and its role in the culture industry through the medium itself, below you will find a link to a clip from an episode, and after that a little doc about the man, the myth and the legendary show that is now pretty hard to track down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDA7ZCZ2mEw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZKURQ0sZ6o

This Week at Echo Park Film Center: Archive Deep Dive!

EPFC | March 23rd, 2020

While EPFC screenings, workshops, rentals and store hours are currently on hold as we do our part to keep everybody safe and healthy, we’re celebrating 20 years of cinematic magic with a new series: Archive Deep Dive! Each week we’ll share some treats from past EPFC screenings, workshops and special events, starting with a photo featuring EPFC Equipment Guru Andrew Kim as a Filmmobile Summer Screening Series audience member waaaaaaay back in 2010!

Filmmobile Summer Screening Series 2010_Intolerance with live music by dublab