EPFC | January 5th, 2017

Happy 2017!! As we ring in the new year, we welcome a new guest curator for MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS, our weekly online-only screening series where we bring in a new film/video artist each month to bring a bit of super-cool cinema into your Facebook feed every Monday. We’re excited to announce that the curator for the month of January will be…


Brian is a Washington State native currently living on an island in the Pacific Northwest. He is an experimental filmmaker, novelist, and sound artist. His films, which incorporate his original music, have screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and others. He also works as a graphic designer and pastry cook. He has a background in motion graphics, having worked in the field from the late ‘90s to the mid ‘00s. His debut novel, New People of the Flat Earth, will be published by Repeater Books in January of 2018.


And now, time to check out his film “solidobjectsinwhich”:

Ziggy’s Gift

EPFC | December 21st, 2016

guest curator: Erica Magrey

For a change of pace, I make an offering this week that might actually fly at your annual Christmas gathering, as it offers something for both young and old without alienating “normals” with campy edginess. Instead, we have a genuinely sweet tale, a favorite in my family, centered around cartoon character Ziggy, the star of his own comic strip in the 70s and 80s. Ziggy’s Gift, which aired in ’82, is essentially about goodwill, and I think we could all use a healthy dollup of that right now. So without further ado –

RuPaul’s Christmas Ball

EPFC | December 7th, 2016

guest curator: Erica Magrey

December spews forth a tumultuous wave of colder, darker realism and discomforts of every persuasion, tempered only by the simultaneous rush of shine and sparkle and pep, a promise of something warm and golden. In the pursuit of Ye Olde Holiday Spirit we on occasion craft a product lush with hope and humor and song and sweet sweet somethings that are whispered into an elf’s ear. This rare delicacy, a very peculiar format, should be studied and appreciated for its often jumbled collection of elements that form a glorious feast when amassed. I invite you to join me at the table so we can break bread and share the elusive bird – cue spotlight – THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL! In our studies we will examine a sampling of those that evoke blushing cheeks on the face of the holiday genre.

We’re stepping on the gas today with RuPaul’s Christmas Ball, a Channel 4 production that aired on British TV in 1993. Ru is a delight – fierce and funny, bending, transcending, and upending the season in bawdy fashion. The Downtown Drag Time Players, a motley crew of more- and lesser-known performers, co-star in several roles: elves putting sweaters on teddy bears, cracked out Tic Tac addicts, aliens-turned-capitalist socialites, and solo bits and bumpers that tickle and giggle throughout. RuPaul and LaToya jackson battle as evil stepsisters, while Eartha Kitt gets schooled by Ru’s outrageous Hattie Ruth. Elton John and Ru duet, sharing a closetful of ass-kicking couple’s ensembles. Boy George performs an oh-so-mellow “Everything I Own” and Fred Schneider cameos as the future agent of Ebony Scrooge, Ru’s washed up future self if she doesn’t change her current tune. Indeed, goodwill is alive and well in this satirical but still very real holiday lovefest. Strong and smart performances abound, so do relish the ingredients of Ru’s stew.

Undocumented and Unafraid

EPFC | November 28th, 2016

guest curator: David Zlutnick

This month’s theme is “Documenting the Movements,” featuring short video covering contemporary struggles for social justice. This week’s selection is on the subject of the struggle for immigrants’ rights, and specifically the efforts of undocumented youth to push for the DREAM Act.

With President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants upon taking office, the fight to protect immigrant communities will be heating up. This short film by Joshua Davis, “Undocumented and Unafraid,” chronicles one small part of a much larger fight by undocumented students across the country to push for the passage of the DREAM Act. Obama did eventually establish protections for these students under an executive order – DACA – which is now threatened to be undone by a Trump administration.

Watch “Undocumented and Unafraid”




Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock

EPFC | November 21st, 2016

guest curator: David Zlutnick

This month’s theme is “Documenting the Movements,” featuring short video covering contemporary struggles for social justice. Initially I had a different short film picked out for this week, but late last night news broke from the Standing Rock encampment, which is protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Police have reportedly moved in on protesters last night in freezing conditions using water cannon, rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Dozens have been injured and there have been some arrests. 

Given the recent developments it seems fitting to highlight a spectacular short documentary about the #NoDAPL water protectors and the ongoing efforts by Native American nations to oppose the pipeline. Divided Films’ “Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock” takes you to the camp and interviews indigenous leaders on why they’ve taken a stand against the oil and gas pipelines pushing their way through sovereign tribal territory.

Watch “Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock”

And for more info on the clashes at Standing Rock last night:

“Standing Rock protest: hundreds clash with police over Dakota Access Pipeline”…/standing-rock-protest-hundred…

“Police deploy water hoses, tear gas against Standing Rock protesters”…/police-deploy-water-hoses-tear-gas-ag…/