EPFC Youth Film alum Clara Polito talks about her passion for vegan baking and some of her favorite LA places.
And check out Hollywood Boulevard, a Super 8 film Clara made as part of Wish You Were Here, the Summer 2012 EPFC Youth Filmmaking Workshop.
Hi, I’m Eric Ostrowski and this month I will be curating Marvelous Movie Mondays. Digital video has enabled producers enormous creative freedoms, shaving off editing time and making visual effects easier.
It has also opened a pandora’s box to explore the creative possibilities when things go wrong with the medium. Some have sought to control these errors or ‘glitches,’ while others have celebrated them.
Further still as we will see later in the month is the possibility that our current resolution of video is just not enough to capture everything – or something kind of like that.
This month in Marvelous Movie Mondays we will explore Glitch.
Here’s a littls something to gnaw on for week one:
The mandatory orientation session for all interested student and their parent guardian takes place at EPFC on Tuesday, February 28th at 7 pm. See you there!
This Spring, the EPFC Youth Class explores LA Noir, the classic film genre with roots in a vanished Los Angeles. We’ll be looking at clips from classic films, checking out downtown’s changing urban landscape and making our very own 21st century nor using Bolex 16mm cameras.
This class is open to youth 12 – 19 years old; all equipment, materials and instruction provided FREE by EPFC!
9 consecutive Saturdays beginning March 4th, 10 am – noon.
MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Christina Battle
THE FUTURE WAS DESERT PART ONE – Sophia Al-Aaria
VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE
In October, 2016 online publication The Intercept obtained a video made by the Pentagon for an internal military audience. The 5 minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” presents a view of the future, specifically of global cities: “The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. ‘Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,’ says a disembodied voice. ‘These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.’”
Used by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University as a training guide against “The Emerging Terrorism Threat,” the video gives us a clue into just how our militaries are preparing for the future. From The Intercept: “‘This is the world of our future,’ warns the narrator of ‘Megacities.’ ‘It is one we are not prepared to effectively operate within and it is unavoidable. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.’”
This is where we begin. Throughout the month of February, as part of Echo Park Film Centre’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will present three alternative visualizations of what the future might look like as proposed by media artists. I see visualizing the future as a strategy for creating it – a way to see the potentials for how it might be, how it could be, and to help us to imagine strategies that might make it better. And, as it is no doubt clear from your various social media feeds, we need alternative visualizations now more than ever.
With notes from:
Turse, Nick. “Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities.” The Intercept. 13 Oct. 2016.