EPFC North

Echo Park Film Centre North is now open at Moberly Fieldhouse, Vancouver, Canada!

Eco-friendly cinematic wonder. * Plant-based art and animation. * Community stories. * Collaborative creativity. * Films. * Food. * Fun. * Everyone welcome!

Through an ongoing series of free public workshops and screenings, neighbours and friends will use organic materials grown in the community garden and surrounding area as ingredients to create eco-friendly films that celebrate growing, community, and connection to the urban landscape.

This project is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board’s Field House Activation Program which provides project space and access to parks to foster community-engaged activity that focuses: arts, culture, sport, environment, local food and social encounters.

To learn more about all the other Fieldhouse studio projects, go to City of Vancouver Field House Programs in Parks

For more info and images about what’s going on at Moberly Fieldhouse, check out EPFC North on FacebookTumblr and Instagram!

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EPFC North Programming at Moberly Fieldhouse

February 2019

Workshop: Devices of Wonder
Saturday, February 2, 2019
12 – 3 pm
Come learn about the magic behind filmmaking with this hands-on workshop covering all things that contribute the motion to “Motion Picture Films.” The afternoon will include direct animation, flip books, zoetropes, Viewmasters and other Devices of Wonder. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Cinema Series: Let’s Get Growing
Sunday, February 4, 2019
4 – 6 pm
Join us for an evening of short films that celebrate art, community and the power of the human condition. This week’s screening highlights films from the ORIGINS youth cinema series exploring the culture and landscape of pre-contact Los Angeles. FREE DVD give-away for each attendee! Light refreshments served. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Workshop: Sounds Good
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10 am – 2 pm
Can you hear the plants growing? It is time to close your eyes and discover the world of sound all around you. This 4-hour workshop will explore recording sounds using devices at hand. Please bring a recording device (phone, digital recorder etc.) if you have one, otherwise equipment will be provided and shared. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Cinema Series: Let’s Get Growing
Sunday, February 10, 2019
7 – 9 pm
DINNER and a MOVIE. Please bring a potluck item to share at this Sunday Cinema Experience! We are excited to present three City Symphony films made as part of the EPFC SOUND WE SEE Series—Old Crow (Yukon), Hanoi (Vietnam) and Guwahati (India)–that all feature gardens, food and nature. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Workshop: Eureka! A Found Footage Workshop
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1 – 5 PM
Want to learn how to make a film without a camera! We will show you how! Join us for this afternoon workshop where you will learn how to cut, splice, edit and project your very own analog film from found Regular 8 and Super 8 film. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Cinema Series: Let’s Get Growing
Sunday, February 17, 2019
7 – 9 pm
Who loves the movies? Join us for a night of animated short films including The Garden, Roots, Garden Bandit and other hits from the EPFC CInema Series. Free event! Everyone welcome!
Workshop: Intro to Super 8
Saturday, February 23, 2019
12 – 5 pm
Learn to shoot and hand-process Super 8 film with friends during our Intro to Super 8 Filmmaking workshop. This class will cover camera mechanics, cinematography, hand-processing and editing. At the end of five hours, we’ll enjoy the world premiere of our collaborative experimental documentary film set right here at Moberly Park. Free event! Everyone welcome!

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March 2019

Workshop: Flipping Out: A Flip Book Workshop
Saturday, March 2
1 – 4 pm
What is a “movie”? Nothing but a series of still images changing slightly over time to give the illusion of movement. Learn how to create a hand-drawn, paper-based, mini-movie of your own, aka a flip book!Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Sunset Stories
Sunday, March 3
1 – 4 pm
The first installment of what we hope will be a semi-regular community history program bringing together local lore and animation techniques to tell the tales of our neighborhood. This month we welcome freelance writer/historian Rob Howatson and filmmaker Gina Napolitan. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Cinema: Tiny Worlds: Films By Gina Napolitan
Sunday, March 3
4 – 7 pm
Join us for an evening of cinematic wonder with visiting Los Angeles-based filmmaker and animator Gina Napolitan. Potluck dinner; feel free to bring something tasty to share. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Event: Spring Fling with Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop
Saturday, March 9
6 – 9 pm
We’ll welcome the coming of spring with a Fieldhouse Friends Hootenany featuring our pals from MacLean Park, Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop and the Spoonkiites. Make and project your very own film loop! Try your hand at spoon carving! Dance to music made from wooden instruments! Potluck dinner… bring something tasty to share! Fun for the whole family…Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: The Amazing Camera Obscura
Sunday, March 10
11 – 1 pm
Before there were cameras, there was the camera obscura. Learn how to build one of these magical ancient image-making machines out of recycled materials and stick around for Lori Snyder’s Garden Workshop!Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Mushrooms, Dreams and ‘Zines
Saturday, March 16
1 – 4 pm
An afternoon ‘zine workshop on the theme of mushrooms and dreams with the incomparable Valeria and Phaedra. What’s a ‘zine? It’s a small, personalized, handmade magazine and we’ll have everything on hand you need to make one. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Cinema: Jelly Jar Collapse
Saturday, March 16
8 – 10 pm
Past and recent work related to the notion of leaving or a presentation of various projections and recitations followed by cake. Program will include Home-Life, 16mm to digital, (still), 09:32 min, 2018-19, accompanied by an in person poetic reading by Ursula Brookbank and Diane Ward. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Phun With Phytograms
Sunday, March 17
2 – 5 pm
Developed by filmmaker Karel Doing, the Phytogram Method is “a technique that uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion.” Intrigued? Let the experiments begin… Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Intro to Eco-Processing
Saturday, March 23
12 – 5 pm
Learn how to develop your own black and white 16mm and Super 8 footage in buckets and Lomo tanks using eco-friendly ingredients such as coffee, fruit, flowers and more! Free event! Everyone welcome!

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April 2019

Screening: Hallowe’en In The Spring: Selections from Gothtober 
Thursday, April 4
7:30 pm
Join visiting filmmaker and musician Paul Gailiunas for a night of spooky short films created for beloved website, and perhaps a scary tune or two. Refreshments will be served. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Colour My World: An Introduction to Tinting and Toning
Saturday, April 6
1 – 4 pm
Want to take your 16mm and Super 8 films to a whole new level? This fun afternoon workshop will introduce you to the wonders of tinting and toning, processes that have been used since the silent cinema days to add colour and texture to black and white film.  Free event! Everyone welcome!

Screening: A Day In The Sun: Films By The EPFC Co-op
Sunday, April 7
7 – 10 pm
In recognition of their countless hours as the Center’s educators, programmers, projectionists and facilitators, Echo Park Film Center Co-op members—Rick Bahto, Emett Casey, Brenda Contreras, Paolo Davanzo, Andrew Kim, Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain, Kate Lain, Lisa Marr, Shauna McGarry, Beaux Gest Mingus, Gina Napolitan, Will O’Loughlen, Ellie Parker, Miko Revereza, Chloe Reyes, Cosmo Segurson, Sharmaine Starks, Mike Stoltz, Ariel Teal, and Penelope Uribe-Abee—were commissioned by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to make new experimental lens-based works exploring their relationships to Los Angeles. Coming from all walks of life, Co-op members include both experienced and self-taught filmmakers, queer identifying filmmakers, artists of color, art school graduates, and EPFC youth film program alumni.  Their films, single and multichannel projections, site-specific installations, itinerant performances, and multimedia and expanded cinema experiments are a unique look at life in the City of Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Sketching The Garden  
Tuesday, April 9
11 am – 1 pm
Our first international collaboration with Art Club Frome in Somerset, UK! Come on by for some tea, pastries and a morning plein air sketching session at the Moberly Fieldhouse gardens. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Screening: Home Movie Night
Saturday, April 13
7 – 10 pm
An evening of cinema where YOUR family and friends are the stars! Bring your home movies – Super 8, 16mm, VHS, mini-DV or digital file – and we’ll take a walk down memory lane together. Free event! Everyone welcome! There will be cake.

Workshop: Feeling Blue – Introduction to Cyanotypes
Sunday, April 14
1 – 4 pm
Cyanotype is a monochromatic contact process that produces beautiful blue and white images. We’ll use materials from the garden to make unique collages on paper and fabric. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: We Heart Weed(s)
Saturday, April 20
12 – 4 PM
What better day than 4.20 to celebrate the humble weed? We’ll start with a short walk to identify and forage some local weeds and then use our findings to process the Super 8 footage we shot along the way! Free event! Everyone welcome!


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May 2019
EPFC North May Artist In Residence: Cheryl Hamilton
Cheryl Hamilton is a conceptual artist with a penchant for visual ingenuity. A stickler for perfection, Cheryl imbues her design work with a kineticism inspired by her education as an animator at Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute. Her recent training in the techniques of glass blowing at Alberta’s Red Deer College and Pilchuck Glass School coupled with her metal working expertise now enable her to animate light and colour within her monumental steel structures. Cheryl also draws and paints and exhibits internationally. Her goal as an artist is to render an accessible beauty that withstands the test of time.

Screening Series: Public Art Dialogues I
Thursday, May 16
7:30 pm
Join our May 2019 Artist In Residence, Cheryl Hamilton of i.e. creative, for the first installment of an ongoing series of films and discussions about public art. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Round and Round – A Zoetrope Workshop
Saturday, May 18
1 – 4 pm
Make your own zoetrope at this fun, family-friendly workshop facilitated by EPFC North’s May 2019 Artist In Residence, Cheryl Hamilton of i.e. creative. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Plant Math  
Saturday, May 25
1 – 4 pm
How do the plants arrange their petals, leaves, section and seeds? How many sections do you get when you cut a fruit or a vegetable? Let’s play with spiraling shapes in pinecones, artichoke, cauliflower, pineapples and sunflower florets. They can all be described with Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Ratio. Learn what they are, the relation between them and why they occur in plants. Math has simple rules and complex consequences but plants have been around enough time to figure it out. Bring a ruler, a protractor (if you have one) and a calculator and come to learn how to draw a Fibonacci and a Golden ratio spiral and how to recognize when a plant does the math! Workshop presented by Adele Ruosi, Physics Instructor at Capilano U and at the University of Naples, Italy.

Screening: Films For An Almost-Summer Eve
Saturday, May 25
9 pm
Join us for an outdoor screening featuring shorts films perfect for an almost-summer eve. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Conversation: Failure Club
Sunday, May 26
3 – 5 pm
An ongoing dialogue on fear and failure in the creative practice. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Open Screen/Open Mic: Vancouver Stories
Sunday, May 26
5 – 8 pm
The second installment of our semi-regular community history program bringing together local lore and animation techniques to tell the tales of our neighborhood. Bring stories, songs, films, photos, letters, or other Vancouver-related tidbits to share. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Reading: Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman
Thursday, May 31
4 – 7 pm
In honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, EPFC North hosts a reading of Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition, starting at 4pm. All welcome to read some pages! Food, friends, drinks, coffee birthday cake, words presented in tandem with Poetry Steve & Family in El Sereno, CA. Free event! Everyone welcome!

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June 2019

Event: Yoga In The Garden
Saturday, June 1
11 am – 1 pm
Uniting your body, mind and spirit through a gentle yoga asana practice with instructor Golpar Radafshar. Let’s come together on our yoga mats to invoke greater states of compassion and peace. Let’s radiate a prayer of love for the world around us and chant this beautiful mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu which means: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”  Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Fieldhouse Portraits with Ross den Otter
Sunday, June 2
1 – 4 pm
Please join lens-based artist Ross den Otter in a Fieldhouse Portrait series he hopes to create using a homemade box camera that uses parts scavenged from started and then shelved previous camera builds. The project will allow him to accomplish a little spring cleaning as he sources, where he possibly can, from within the walls of his studio the bits needed to cobble together a working (we hope) large format camera that he will use to create a portrait series. Ross den Otter is a lens-based artist, photographer, educator and tinkerer who has spent over 2/3 of his life processing film and making prints using both chemical and digital processes. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Power to the Pinhole!
Sunday, June 8 and Sunday June 9
1 – 5 pm each day
In this two-day handmade film workshop, participants will learn how to make and use 16mm pinhole motion picture cameras from scratch using recycled and repurposed materials. Day One will focus on building the camera. Day Two will be dedicated to cinematography and hand-processing. All materials and chemistry provided by EPFC North. Special thanks to Robert Schaller and the Handmade Film Institute for creating this design and sharing the knowledge! Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Art Club 
Tuesday, June 11
11 am – 1 pm
Our second international collaboration with Art Club Frome in Somerset, UK! Come on by for some tea, pastries and relaxed art-making on a secret theme to be announced at the start of the session. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Festival: EPFC North at The Gathering Festival
Saturday, June 15
10 am – 8 pm
Come one, come all for a fun-filled day of free food, free music, free art activities and general good times at the 8th Annual Gathering Festival in Emery Barnes Park. Look for EPFC North’s Photobooth of Change, a family-fun activity that invites folks of all ages to animate the positive change they want to see in the world. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Intro to 16mm
Sunday, June 16
1 – 5 pm
Meet your new crush: the Bolex 16mm Camera! We’ll explore camera mechanics, cinematography and hand-processing with Tri-X and high contrast 16mm film stock. Free event! Everyone welcome! Bring Dad!

Cinema: Summer Solstice Bike In Movie Night
Friday, June 21
8 – 11 PM
Bring your best wheels to the first annual Summer Solstice Bike In Movie Night! We’ll have bike-themed films, food, bingo and fun for everyone! Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day? Cinematic Sonnets
Sunday, June 30
2 – 6 pm
Explore an array of analog techniques and technologies as we collaboratively create a cinematic sonnet: 14 film loops that we’ll project as an expanded cinema extravaganza at the end of the workshop. Free event! Everyone welcome!

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July 2019

Celebration: Canada Day at Sunset Community Centre
Monday, July 1
Noon – 4 pm
Join EPFC North at Sunset Community Centre’s free, family friendly Canada Day Celebration. We’ll be presenting Photobooth of Change so come on down and animate yourself!  Free event! Everyone welcome! Sunset Park, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. (Main and East 53rd).

Event: Bee In
Saturday, July 26
1 – 4 pm
We’ll be celebrating the pollinators at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre community garden with an afternoon of food, flowers and fun activities in conjunction with gardener Lori Weidenhammer, herbalist Lori Snyder, and folks from Vines Art Festival. Bring blooms from your garden to create Phytograms on film and photo paper!  Free event! Everyone welcome!

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Workshop: Sonic Meditations: Listening In the Garden
Sunday, August 11
1 – 4 pm
Bees buzzing, flowers growing, birds singing… Summertime is the perfect time for some Sonic Meditations! Inspired by the work of Pauline Oliveros, we’ll explore collective listening and sound recording in the Moberly gardens. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Art Club
Tuesday, August 13
11 am – 1 pm
Our third international collaboration with Art Club Frome in Somerset, UK! Come on by for some tea, pastries and relaxed art-making on a secret theme to be announced at the start of the session. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Cinema Organica – A Four-Session Eco-Arts Camp For Kids Ages 6 – 12 
Monday, August 12 – Thursday, August 15
1 pm – 3 pm each day
Grow your own flower power art in 2019! Over four sessions we’ll explore a bouquet of cinematic processes (Direct animation! Cyanotypes! Phytograms! Super 8 eco processing!) using plants from the garden and ingredients from the kitchen to cook up some tasty results on paper, cloth, Super 8 and 16mm film. Parents welcome to hang out too… Fun for everyone! Each session runs 1 – 3 pm. Free! All supplies and materials provided by EPFC North.

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September 2019

Workshop: Found Footage Fiesta!
Saturday, September 14
1 – 4 pm
For this fun, hands-on workshop, we’ll dive into EPFC’s secret stash of found footage and work with splicers and projectors to create dynamic new home movie mash-ups! No previous filmmaking experience necessary. Free event! Everyone welcome.

Workshop: Non-Binary Paper Dolls Explore-a-thon                            Sunday, September 15
1 – 4 pm
Dressing to reflect or disguise identity can be a provocation, a bore, an exhibition of fashion’s artistry, a work-functional necessity, a luxury, a burden. Anyone near a thrift store, a donation box, a credit card, a friend who loves to share their attire, can look wealthy-scruffy, poor yet incredibly elegant, overtly sexual or utterly asexual, simple or showy, human or alien. Image-making and ID deconstruction by way of clothing ourselves is a joy, a puzzle, a survival skill. We may harbour more old-fashioned notions in our fashion choices than we realize as we unconsciously or very consciously dress as we do for ourselves, our jobs and our world.  Come draw, discuss, create with us at The Non-Binary Paper Doll Explore-a-thon! No artistic skills required. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Wearing The Garden
Saturday, September 21
1 – 4 pm
Let’s celebrate the Moberly Gardens by painting them on fabric! Bring a t-shirt, jacket, pillow-case, or canvas bag and Visiting Artist In Residence Joff Winterhart will share some cool stencil techniques for creating beautiful images of leaves, flowers and trees on cloth. Fun for the whole family! Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: The Great Canadian Dogs Draw
Saturday, September 28
1 – 5 pm
In honor of Culture Days, we’re celebrating great Canadian dogs – past, present and future, real and imagined – with an afternoon “dog draw” led by dog-lover and EPFC North September Visiting Artist In Residence Joff Winterhart. Get a portrait of your pet by Joff or make one yourself! Free event! Everyone welcome, including canine friends who play well with others. More info:

Screening: Dogs and Other People: The Films of Joff Winterhart
Saturday, September 28
5 – 7 pm
Join us for this very special screening of films by EPFC North’s September Visiting Artist In Residence Joff Winterhart! Joff Winterhart is an illustrator and filmmaker and plays drums in his band, Bucky. He lives in Bristol, UK and is the author of the award winning graphic novels Days of the Bagnold Summer (just released as a feature film!) and Driving Short Distances. Free event! Everyone welcome!


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Workshop: Phun with Phytograms
Saturday, October 5
12 – 3 pm
Developed by filmmaker Karel Doing, the Phytogram Method is “a technique that uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion.” Intrigued? Let the experiments begin… Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Art Club
Tuesday, October 8
11 am – 1 pm
Our third international collaboration with Art Club Frome in Somerset, UK! Come on by for some tea, pastries and relaxed art-making on a secret theme to be announced at the start of the session. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Workshop: Shoebox Projectors
Sunday, October 13
2 pm – 5 pm                                                                                                    Learn how to make your very own portable projector! We’ll provide the shoeboxes and the lenses, BYO smartphone. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Screening: Vinegar Syndrome presents ON THE MOVE plus Films by Beaux Mingus
Sunday, October 13
5 pm – 7 pm
Vinegar Syndrome is our Gong Show­-style grab bag series of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC’s impressive film library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center—the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films are selected purely by title around a specific theme and we won’t be previewing anything, so we’ll be just as surprised as you guys! This show’s theme is ON THE MOVE–Films about traveling, moving forward, thumbing for a ride and flying high! As always, there will be lots of snacks and plenty of silly commentary from your host–visiting Artist In Residence Beaux Mingus–and our feisty audience. And speaking of Beaux Mingus, we’ll start the evening off with a few of Beaux’s best loved short films! Free event! Everyone welcome!


November 2019

Workshop and Screening: floppy disk filmmaking – workshop and screening installations by Florian Cramer 
Saturday, November 2
1 pm – 5 pm
Workshop (limited to 6 participants): With its tiny capacity, slow speed and glitchiness, the 3.5″ floppy disk is a difficult medium for moving images. However, its constraints can be embraced as a creative challenge, and as a learning tool for understanding data compression and the messy analog hardware underlying digital technology. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their own moving images on floppy disks using Open Source software. No previous technical knowledge is required. Participation is limited to 6 people. Please bring your own laptop, if you have one.

Installation (open to general public): Parallel to the workshop, visual poetry Super 8 film loops (based on texts by Ernst Jandl and Moor Mother/Camae Ayewa) and select floppy disk films will be screened.