Process Cinema

EPFC | October 10th, 2019

Congrats to our friends Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault, editors of the beautiful (and hefty) new book Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age. Pick up your copy today!

Exploring new and experimental practices with celluloid film in the digital age.

Handmade films stretch back to cinema’s beginnings, yet until now their rich history has been neglected. Process Cinema is the first book to trace the development of handmade and hand-processed film in its historical and contemporary contexts, and from a global perspective.

Mapping the genealogy of handmade film, and uncovering confluences, influences, and interstices between various international movements, sites, and practices, Process Cinema positions the resurgence of handmade and process cinema as a counter-practice to the rise of digital filmmaking. This volume brings together a range of renowned academics and artists to examine contemporary artisanal films, DIY labs, and filmmakers typically left out of the avant-garde canon, addressing the convergence between the analog and the digital in contemporary process cinema. Contributors investigate the history of process cinema – unscripted, improvisatory manipulation of the physicality of film – with chapters on pioneering filmmakers such as Len Lye and Marie Menken, while others discuss an international array of collectives devoted to processing films in artist-run labs from South Korea to Finland, Australia to Austria, and Greenland to Morocco, along with historical and contemporary practices in Canada and the United States.

Addressing the turn to a new, sustainable creative ecology that is central to handmade films in the twenty-first century, and that defines today’s reinvigorated film cultures, Process Cinema features some of the most beautiful handcrafted films and the most forward-thinking filmmakers within a global context.

Comida A Mano Opens Saturday October 5!

EPFC | October 4th, 2019

Join artist Eva Aguila on October 5 at Reseda Park (18411 Victory Blvd, Reseda, 91335) for the opening of COMIDA A MANO, a project created as part of Current:LA 2019 that includes films created by EPFC Youth!

Comal activation 5:00 – 7:00 pm followed by the screening 8:00 – 9:30 pm. Free event! Everyone welcome!

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EPFC | September 25th, 2019

LA AIR invites local artists to utilize EPFC resources in creating and premiering new, experimental, documentary, and personal work over a two-month period in 2020. We especially encourage applications from artists interested in engaging with EPFC’s areas of specialty: small gauge film, progressive politics & community activism, alternative and handmade photochemical processes, local histories, multidisciplinary work, and expanded cinema. Additionally, we encourage artists to engage with the greater EPFC community during the course of their residency. Previous artists-in-residence have included public workshops, curatorial programs, multi-media collaborations and class visits as part of their residency. More info here!

Breaking Bread in LA Opens September 12!

EPFC | September 12th, 2019

“Breaking Bread in LA”–an exhibition in conjunction with the Current: LA Food, LA’s Public Art Triennial–opens Thursday, September 12, 5-8PM at Oxy Arts (4757 York Blvd). Join us to meet the artists and fellow collaborators for this season of programming around the sharing and politics of food! Exhibiting Artists include Carmen Argote, Susu Attar, April Banks, Marisa J. Futernick, iris yirei hu, Phung Huynh, Jessica Rath and Akemi Ki, and The Echo Park Film Center. 

EPFC’s contribution, The Spice of Life, features eco-processed Super 8 films created by members of LA’s vibrant community gardens. We’re also facilitating an eco-processing workshop for the general public on November 9. More info here!



Walk The Great Wall with EPFC Friday September 13!

EPFC | September 12th, 2019

Join us as we walk alongside The Great Wall of Los Ángeles, the longest running mural in the world that depicts the core history of California that is more than often left unspoken about. The start of the mural and meet up is nearing Coldwater Cyn/ Burbank, meet up is at 5:00. We will end with a potluck style picnic at the end of the walk. Join us! Bring friends, family, and dogs. Also special guest professor David Chávez will be co-leading.