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Une Mission Ephemere

EPFC | January 5th, 2018

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS
Guest Curator: Will Rahilly
The Month’s Theme: Intersections of 3D and Reality

#1 • Piotr Kamler • Une Mission Ephemere

Where are we? In the clouds, towards the end of a red-eye, looking out of the window of our plane—and then, the most primitive of spheres, surely a friendly one, appears and promptly sheds itself into our morning coffee cup.

It seems our handle-less saucer is filled with a dense array of sugar cubes. They flip and toil into a blank Rubik’s Cube—always intricate, always solved—then, a momentary wall of 60s stock photography from seemingly nowhere (an advertisement for the ideal breakfast) precedes the emergence of a smooth, droid-like character. We zoom/enhance into the granular detail. The cascading! The flipping of limbs! His wand divining new shapes that rear and plunge like breaching whales. Intricate, multi-dimensional pendulums clack in his face to keep the time, a metronome that keeps us alert for our lack of caffeine. Seconds pass.

What is our mission exactly? It doesn’t matter. It’s only a moment, or in this case, about 8 minutes of moments neatly stacked into a rhythmic vision. Why do we breath? It doesn’t matter. Concentrate on the film. We are watching some stunning, bespoke three-dimensional renderings. How are they made?

I have no idea how Piotr Kamler, born in 1936, made such an out-of-time masterpiece in 1993—as Groundhog Day lurked around the corner, plastering the walls of cities with its dopey clock poster. Is it partially digital? The specular shine on the text looks notably mathematical, though filtered through film. Still, I like to instead imagine that the author had seen these ‘3D’ graphics and, in an attempt to make remake them—much like cargo cults mimicking western machinery—etched them through ceaseless manic labor.

The droid summons an entire fortress of cubes that ruptures and settles. The sphere moves back out of our line of vision. The skies are clear. I can get on with my day. Though, I would welcome this clockwork each and every morning until I can see it as clearly as the artist did and finally move on.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EPFC!

EPFC | December 18th, 2017

Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful holiday season.

EPFC is closed for winter holiday and will reopen Thursday, January 11. See you in 2018!

The Rummage/Craft Sale Continues!

EPFC | December 15th, 2017

We had so much fun at Thursday’s Night Market, we’re gonna keep the rummage/craft sale going through the weekend! Drop by 3 – 7 pm Friday or Noon – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday to pick up that sweet Nizo, a vintage 16mm projector, a limited edition EPFC T-shirt, or some groovy handmade ceramics!

Spirit Quest

EPFC | December 12th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!!
guest curator: Lorenzo Gattorna

WOOD PUSHERS
dedicated to the act of skateboarding and, especially, those eyes behind the lens…

Spirit Quest
The new movie by Colin Read

“A journey through nature, time, and space,” as Read says. Colin has been killin’ it lately and this video is paramount to his practice. Animation meets animorphism. Found footage flows with powerful maneuvers. Photochemical artifacts face fast-moving concrete. Jump cuts and multiple perspectives are palpable, perfectly placed. Split screen and single screen together again. He is phenomenal with fish-eye, and without fail, compliments his surroundings wherever, whenever. Here is a part featuring Vincent Touzery. “Open your eyes,” as the intro goes.

16th ANNIVERSARY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE and RAFFLE!

EPFC | December 6th, 2017

We are excited to announce our 2017 Year-End Membership Drive! Sign up or renew your membership with EPFC by December 31 to be entered into a drawing for one of our special cinematic prizes!

Your support, each member’s yearly contribution, is what allows us to provide programs and services that use cinema to inspire, educate, and empower communities. The nightly cinema events, the free media education to youth and seniors, the residencies to local and international film artists, the traveling education programs to organizations throughout LA County with our Filmmobile, and the welcoming, inclusive space in the heart of Los Angeles where all kinds of people make movies and friends — it all exists because of the commitment of our members!

WHILE SUPPORTING US, MEMBERSHIP ALSO GIVES YOU ACCESS TO:

  • equipment rentals
  • the lending library
  • 20% discount on classes
  • discounts on lovely EPFC tshirts
  • free cinema tickets, stickers and buttons

IT ALSO AUTOMATICALLY ENTERS YOU INTO OUR RAFFLE!

Recommit by December 31, 2017 and you’ll be entered to win one of our special prizes:

  • 6 people will get an EPFC t-shirt or tote bag! ($15 value)
  • 5 people will get a free one day class/workshop at EPFC! ($75 value)
  • 2 people will get a cinema rental at the center! ($250 value)
  • 1 person will win a vintage working S8 camera and one roll of film! ($200 value)

Memberships are available for as little as $25 a year. You can sign up as an individual, family, or business, and we have discounted rate plans for students and seniors. Levels and Benefits are outlined on our membership page.

P.S. If you have already joined in 2017, committing to the next calendar year also qualifies you for the raffle!