All At Once: A Solo Show by Mia Bella Chavez

EPFC | August 22nd, 2020

Saturday, August 22 at 5 pm via Las Fotos Project

Las Fotos Project proudly presents: ⁠
All At Once: A Solo Show by Mia Bella Chavez⁠

The photo collage series in All At Once: A Solo Show by Mia Bella Chavez results from an exercise of self-exploration to illustrate Mia Bella’s identity. Mia Bella’s love for working with her hands allows her to bring digital work into the tactile realm. By using only the photos that she has taken, Mia Bella immerses herself into a collaging process that reveals more about who she is. She appears as the participant, spectator and main character in surreal scenes that explore her ethnicity, locality, gender and sexuality.⁠

Mia Bella creates digital still lifes that symbolize her layered identity as she experiences being a Queer, Latina living in Los Angeles. It begins with the LA River as the main setting of her collages. For her, it is a constant background “where life happens quickly as the day unfolds…and it feels like a playground filled with interesting things and creatures.” Through playful arrangements and attention to detail, Mia Bella feels like an artist playing different roles and incorporating aspects of her culture, family relationships and significant life decisions. ⁠

Inspired by the works of Soo Kim, Johanna Goodman, and Raoul Hausman, Mia Bella seeks to find a balance between intention and experimentation. Mia Bella points to cultural references, societal standards and visual stereotypes by mixing elements of realism and abstraction. From somber tones to fields of color, eclectic facial expressions, exaggerated beauty marks and anthropomorphic objects, her stories come to life.

Just like Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait, Mia Bella attempts to “experience the world, live in it, and try to simultaneously capture and collect all the information to articulate and make sense of it all.” Mia Bella’s visual arrangements are full of wonder, soul and social commentary, all at once. While various elements and twists are at play throughout her personal, multilayered creations, they carefully weave stories that as viewers we might interpret through our own unique imaginations.


Book To Action: Get A Free Copy of Urban Tumbleweed from LAPL!

EPFC | August 20th, 2020

We love the library! Our friends atLos Angeles Public Library’s Hollywood Branch are giving away free copies of Harryette Mullen’s Urban Tumbleweed as part of their awesome Book To Action program that EPFC was a community partner on earlier this year. Here’s a message from librarian Angi Brzycki about how to get your copy… they’ll even mail it to you!

“We can’t believe that our Book to Action program is coming to a close. Whether you’ve submitted a Tanka or watched one of our Book to Action programs online, we really appreciate you being part, even if it was virtually. We’d like to send you a copy of Harryette Mullen’s book, Urban Tumbleweed. We hope you will enjoy the 366 Tanka poems that Harryette Mullen wrote while walking. Email with subject line: FREE BOOK and we will send you a copy.”


Afrikan Space Program Forever

EPFC | August 17th, 2020

Catch the latest eco-processed Super 8 cinematic wonder by EPFC 2018 LA AIR artist Nesanet Teshager Abegaze, screening Saturday, August 22 at 10 AM as part of the the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival. Go, Nes!

From 2020 BlackStar Film Festival program:

Afrikan Space Program Forever – Dir. Nesanet Teshager Abegaze

Short Documentary, United States, 2020, 6 min.

World Premiere

The Ras G music festival was held in Leimert Park on August 10, 2019 as a loving tribute to community champion, musical genius, and visionary Gregory Shroter — aka Ras G. The Super 8 film was eco-processed by hand with flowers, coffee, and berbere at the Echo Park Film Center by the Director.




Learn Online with EPFC This Fall

EPFC | August 14th, 2020

Although the EPFC storefront cinema and retail space will remain closed for the rest of 2020 as we do our part to keep our beloved cinematic community safe and healthy, we’re excited to keep the movie magic coming to you this fall with a delightful array of online workshops, screenings, guest artists and special events for all ages!  Sign up today!

Film Friends

Introduction to Documentary

Action Kids

CineCamp 2



Pardino d’oro for Darol Olu Kae!

EPFC | August 14th, 2020

Big congratulations to 2019 LA AIR artist Darol Olu Kae for receiving the Pardino d’oro (Golden Leopard)  for the best international short film at the 2020 Locarno Film Festival for I ran from it and was still in it, a film began during Darol’s EPFC residency!