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Come watch beautiful images dance upon a screen in your own neighborhood!
Shows begin promptly @ 8 PM and are $5 suggested donation (unless otherwise noted).
Thursday, April 5 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
Our cinematic free-for-all dares you to share your film with the feisty EPFC audience. Any genre! Any style! New, old, work-in-progress! First come, first screened; one film per filmmaker; 10-minute maximum. DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, standard 8mm, 16mm. FILMMAKERS GET IN FREE!
Saturday, April 7 – STEVE DWOSKIN’S BEHINDERT – 8 PM
“The main intention of BEHINDERT is to express some of the subjective perspectives within the social/personal confinements of a personal relationship, as seen from the point of view of the physically disabled person. This position was taken for two principal reasons: to eliminate or reduce the "objectivity and sympathy" views normally given to the subject; and to try to deal with the personal and emotional entanglements that the (or a) disabled person encounters in the so-called "normal social/personal" areas of life. The mere mention of a film concerned with the subject of physical disability conjures up preconceived notions and images as to the type of film it is. It is put aside as a medical/social document of little importance, particularly by film people who think of films as "political," "narrative," "entertainment," "poetic," or "structural." This film is about the physically normal and disabled in confrontation, but not literal relations. It is a documentary without being one. The content lies beneath the film. The material is treated subjectively, and crosses fiction with realistic documents, without a clear distinction.” (Steve Dwoskin) 1974, 96 minutes, projected from 16mm.
Thursday, April 12 – FRAGMENTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE: FILMS BY JANIS CRYSTAL LIPZIN & FRANCESCO GAGLIARDI – 8 PM
The films on tonight's program all draw upon small moments from every day life to create complex mosaics with multiple layers of meaning. San Francisco Bay Area-based Janis Crystal Lipzin is an interdisciplinary artist who has created over two dozen films and videos, and whose work has been featured in numerous museum shows including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and numerous galleries and festivals. Her works shown tonight—Trepanations (Super 8 on video), Visible Inventory Six: Motel Dissolve and Visible Inventory 9: Pattern of Events (both 16mm)—simultaneously present different sources of information, drawn from personal correspondence, newspapers, and texts by Gertrude Stein, among others, that complicate and reflect upon the potentials of meaning through differing modes of communication between people as well as between places. Francesco Gagliardi is a performance artist and occasional filmmaker based in Toronto. His film Short Sentences 1993–2005 (Super 8 on video) was made over the course of twelve years, filming friends, family, and acquaintances on Super 8 film and recording their voices on a handheld cassette recorder as a performance of Gertrude Stein’s play of the same name. FILMMAKERS JANIS CRYSTAL LIPZIN AND FRANCESCO GAGLIARDI IN ATTENDANCE!
Friday, April 13 – YOU BELONG EVERYWHERE & THE DRUMS INSIDE YOUR CHEST VOL. II – 8 PM
You are a poet, invited on tour by a popular rock band. Europe!! There will be large audiences. They might be drunk. They might get loud. They might not understand English. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime … now what? Journey with American performance poet Derrick C. Brown on his career-defining tour opening for indie rock band Cold War Kids. Part troubadour, part troublemaker, Brown’s mission is to inspire others to embrace life and fearlessly write their brains out. He also has a lot of books to sell in order to pay his mortgage. He battles loud, sometimes indifferent audiences with humor, song, romance, and a uniquely weird way with words—whatever it takes to get them to listen. Filmmaker and friend Stephen Latty documents the poet’s visionary performances as he blazes a new cultural path for contemporary poetry in pursuit of his ultimate dream: to make a living as a poet. Hilarious and poignant, You Belong Everywhere is a rock-n-roll concert film that considers the dilemma of the modern artist who must struggle to survive even as he finds success. Director Stephen Latty will also screen his film documenting the second volume of The Drums Inside Your Chest, a series of poetry performances he directed with actress Amber Tamblyn for three years. STEPHEN LATTY AND DERRICK C. BROWN IN ATTENDANCE!
Saturday, April 14 – TWO BY TETSUAKI MATSUE: LIVE TAPE AND TOKYO DRIFTER – 8 PM
LIVE TAPE (74 mins, 2009, Best Picture 2009 Tokyo Int'l Film Festival) and TOKYO DRIFTER (2011) are both improvised interactions between the acoustic musician Kenta MAENO and the director Tetsuaki MATSUE. The stunning lyrics of the songs form their own simple narratives in the media saturated space of Tokyo, the first film in the bright days of heady consumerism, the second film in the dark night's following last year's nuclear disaster. Both films probe the relation between analog and digital media, between directing and being directed, and between super-saturation and something we might call simple hope. FILMMAKER TETSUAKI MATSUE IN ATTENDANCE!
Thursday, April 19 – HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION – 8 PM
The EPFC extended family curates a program of highlights from our permanent collection of neglected and discarded 16mm film prints, featuring cartoons, educational and industrial films, newsreels, nature documentaries and other artifacts from the recent past. Titles include Computers: The Friendly Invasion, which explores the role computers play in everything from our dishwashers to the animations of John Whitney to some really far out multi-media performance; and Discovering Electronic Music, with Moogs, Fairlights, oscilloscopes and sequencers galore. Also, featuring a live performance by composer Casey Anderson!
Friday, April 20 – THE SILVER LAKE BADMINTON AND ADVENTURERS CLUB PREMIERE! – 8 PM
Come celebrate the completion and launch of The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventures Club, an independent web series and television pilot from Los Angeles filmmakers Matthew Smith and Avi Glijansky! In a world full of secrets, lies, and depravity, there are some crimes that the police are simply too mainstream to handle. Enter, The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventurers Club, a group of scenesters dedicated to tackling the cases no one else is cool enough to know about. Join the cast and crew as they premiere the just completed 1st mystery and mix, mingle and hang out afterwards. Drinks and snacks will be provided; skinny jeans and knowledge of obscure vinyl not required. FREE!
Saturday, April 21 – FILMS BY LEWIS KLAHR & LAIDA LERTXUNDI – 8 PM
Master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic experimental films, which have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. "Above all Klahr's great subject is time, which certainly explains the exquisitely melancholy tone that pervades his work. He traffics in modes that are pitched just beyond the realm of reason. Somewhere between waking and sleeping, we can find that wavelength and achieve understanding--only to have it slip away as we enter ones state or the other. Klahr's films and videos provide a rare opportunity for us to engage with a liminal state of consciousness with our alert mind and to reach those "infrathin" moments that Proust describes as existing outside of time."-- Chris Stults, Film Comment. Laida Lertxundi makes films with non-actors that evoke external and internal spaces of intimacy. Through intricate arrangements of actions and sounds, her work explores how filmic moments can be imbued with emotional resonance. As her cinema questions how viewers’ desires and expectations are shaped by cinematic forms of storytelling, it also searches for alternative ways of linking sound and music with found locales, constructed situations, and quotidian environments. Shot within and around Los Angeles, her films map out a geography of landscapes transformed by affective and subjective states. Her films have been selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and other venues and festivals where her work has been shown include MoMA, LACMA, the Viennale, “Views from the Avant Garde” at the New York Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Program: Wednesday Morning Two A.M. (2009, Digital Video), Lethe (2009, Digital Video), and Two Hours To Zero (2004, 16mm) by Lewis Klahr; Footnotes to a House of Love (2007), My Tears Are Dry (2009), Llora Cuando Te Pase / Cry When It Happens (2010),and A Lax Riddle Unit (2011)(all 16mm) by Laida Lertxundi. LEWIS KLAHR AND LAIDA LERTXUNDI IN ATTENDANCE!
Thursday, April 26 – LA AIR: JOHN PALMER – 8 PM
LA AIR is a new artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Our April resident, John Palmer, plans to work on a series of hand-processed photogram 16mm films, a video about secrets, and—time-willing—a work-in-progress using manipulated projection and live performance. John Palmer is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. His work includes film, video, photography, and sculpture, and has been exhibited internationally, including venues such as Southern Exposure, SF Cameraworks, Black Maria Gallery, Blaffer Gallery, La Enana Marron, Artists Space, Pacific Film Archive and Millennium Film Workshop. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium and the James Broughton Film Award.
Saturday, April 28 – NEW WORKS SALON – 8 PM
Several artists will present new in-progress or recently completed works. As a result of spending a month long residency at EPFC Ursula Brookbank became involved with shooting film after ten years of working with video. Super 8 was used for the documentation of objects from the SHE WORLD archive, an on going accumulation of feminine detritus gathered by the artist. As a work in progress, multiple projection of the films is being explored as well forms of narration. Walter Vargas shows his Super 8 My Mother’s Money for this Film, a work about Sacramento's politics and a South Central boy empowered by Frida Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas, walking on a tightrope between self-comfort and biculturalism, seeing what the hell Chicano means, and that it's ok to be two, or not. Bay Area artist Linda Scobie visits us with her 16mm works Craig’s Cutting Room Floor, a furious two-minute fragmented journey through cinema’s history taken right off the cutting room floor of San Francisco collage artist, filmmaker, and eclectic archivist of 16mm films Craig Baldwin, and her newly completed Skydogs. Kim Strouse will present her on-going video project begun in 2009 MAKE UP, in which she explores how making up functions in her relationship from self to other, from apology to lipstick; what is my make up? how do I make up? how do we make up? Cosmo Segurson will present a new work based on Edgar G. Ulmer's 1945 Detour, which “has haunted me since the first night I watched it. With absolute respect for the source material, this is my first attempt to expand my favorite scene into a fever dream of despair, and existential horror. Enjoy.”
Saturday, April 21 – INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO – 1 – 5 PM
This one-day class opens the door to the power and majesty of a digital editing program that is fast becoming the industry standard. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Instructor: Will O’Loughlen. Tuition: $60/$50 EPFC members.
Saturday, April 14 – INTRODUCTION to 16mm FILMMAKING & HAND-PROCESSING – 12:30 – 5:30 PM
An introduction to 16mm film mechanics using Bolex reflex and Canon Scoopic cameras. In this one-day workshop, students will learn basic camera operation, lighting, and hand-processing technique. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Instructor: Eve LaFountain $75/60 EPFC members. Class limited to 10 students.
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