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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, February 2 – YANKEE CLUTTER: RECENTLY SKEWED HISTORIES – 8 PM
A night of recent 16mm films originating from New England. These shorts evoke the true spirit of small frosty towns filled with secret restaurants, raw warehouse spaces turned into mad science laboratories, low-budget light shows, and piles of ephemera all working against centuries of puritanical tradition. Featuring: Echoes of Bats and Men by Jo Dery (2005, 16mm, 7:15) The night shift begins with a musical history lesson sung by a chubby skunk. Learn about Rhode Island’s industrial evolution through the midnight flight of a little bat and her many friends. Hull by Tara Merenda Nelson (2011, 16mm, 7:30) A journey between layers of corporal consciousness, Hull explores the physical memory of trauma, and the psychological repercussions of a surgical disaster. 0106 by Xander Marro and Mat Brinkman (2006, 16mm, 12:15) A single-frame barrage of DIY living quarters, puppeteer frontiers, too many cats, silkscreen explosions, portable cooking stoves, zine libraries, drum kits, and more - all to the discordant squall of Marro and Brinkman's manic sonar hearts. The Root That Ate Roger Williams by Alee Peoples (2011, 16mm/video, 18:00) A half truthful documentary of what happened to the remains of Providence's founder and champion of 'free religion'. The other half is perhaps a fabrication of a club based on the actual folklore of the root. Shot in 16mm, the film strikes a playful balance of truthful story telling and sly farce of related ideas and places. Passage Upon The Plume by Fern Silva (2011, 16mm, 6:45) “Those who go thither, they return not again.” Plumes dust the arid land, east to west, shapeshifting as they lift in ascension. Something lowers. An ark ran aground where revolution took root: ropes raise stones in baskets. Hearts heavier and lighter than the feather, permitted passage. Tethered or freed, resting from life or dawning anew. (Charity Coleman) Brand New Film by Leif Goldberg (2012, 16mm, 10:00) Sure to be a dazzler by the head honcho of National Waste. Curated by Mike Stoltz.
Saturday, February 4 – LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM presents OUTSIDERS OBSERVE LOS ANGELES – 8 PM
Some experimental films draw on traditional notions of documentary and ethnographic film, but manipulate them with an increased emphasis on media specificity and concerns over how media works convey meaning and “truth” in non-fiction. This program will show films looking at Los Angeles by artists who weren't here for the long haul -- visitors to our balmy climes. What truths about the city are these non-Angeleños able to see, and how do they express them? Featuring two longer works, by the late great Robert Nelson and by David Lamelas, and a couple of short works to be announced. A tribute to Robert Nelson as well, whom we lost in January. Featuring The Desert People by David Lamelas (1974,16mm (to video), 48 min.) and Suite California Stops & Passes Part 1: Tijuana to Hollywood Via Death Valley by Robert Nelson (1972-76/2004, 16mm, 46min.) Alternativeprojections.com
$10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Sunday, February 5 – SUNDAY STUDIO at MOCA – 1–3:30pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gather inspiration from the current exhibitions—the campy, demented, and glamorous style of Kenneth Anger’s films and the glitz and the distortion of Weegee’s celebrity mania photographs, with the Echo Park Film Center and artists Rick Bahto, Alee Peoples, and Cosmo Segurson. The workshop will take place on an imaginary film set, where participants will take photographs that highlight the props and costumes of the scene, catch the cast and crew at work, or alter the image using various analog photographic tricks such as glass and mirrors. FREE; no reservations required.
For more info call (213) 621-1765 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 9 – FILMS BY ANDREW MEYER, including AN EARLY CLUE TO THE NEW DIRECTION – 8 PM
“[The virtues of] Andrew Meyer's black-and-white AN EARLY CLUE TO THE NEW DIRECTION... had nothing to do with technical polish. Mr. Meyer's film hung on dialogue, cast and plot (of a kind), clearly moving in a new direction. Its central virtue was nothing less than a superb performance by an old man, Prescott Townsend, playing a Boston rogue long past his time, who charms a young girl with his 'snowflake theory.'" --Douglas M. Davis, National Observer. "Afterward, one felt that Andrew Meyer had opened a new world for 16mm cinema, one in which many kinds of excuses no longer need to be made. AN EARLY CLUE TO THE NEW DIRECTION... is unexpected, glorious, and indescribably moving, and I can't forget it." --James Stoller, Village Voice.
Saturday, February 11 – DISSENT: TEEN NIGHT 2012 – 6:30–10 PM
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012
The tenth annual evening event planned and hosted by the MOCA Apprenticeship Program (MAP), exclusively for high school teens. For one night a year, teens take over the museum for an extravaganza of art, music, and more. This year’s theme is DISSENT: [dih-sent] verb (used without object) and defined as: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” –Friedrich Nietzsche. Depicting a time of political turmoil, the aim of DISSENT: TEEN NIGHT 2012 is to inform the youth of Los Angeles of the political and social roles of artists during a time when there seemed to be no place for speaking up against the opinions of political and institutional authority. DISSENT was conceived from this as a way to celebrate the freedom of artistic expression and experimentation during the 1970s. DISSENT is a thought-provoking, educational art event designed to stimulate the imagination and intellect of the youth, celebrating the freedom of artistic expression and experimentation during the 1970s. In addition to entertainment and activities, guests in attendance will also have the privilege to view Under The Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981. This year, attendees will receive a complimentary museum membership. We hope you join us for Southern California’s biggest youth cultural arts celebration of the year, which will include EPFC student work on exhibition. INFO 213-621-1745 or email@example.com FREE; guardian waiver required http://www.moca.org/pdf/TeenNight2012_waiver.pdf
Thursday, February 16 and Saturday, February 18 – EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE – 8 PM
Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, and featuring Fishbone, Flea, Ice-T, Gwen Stefani, Perry Farrell, Bob Forrest, Branford Marsalis, and George Clinton. EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it." Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations. At the heart of Fishbone's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.
Friday, February 17 – BLOOD JUNKIE – 8 PM
One night only! Los Angeles Premiere! Horror goes retro in this low budget comedy slasher shot to look like it was produced in 1989. When a group of young campers venture into an abandoned chemical plant, they draw the attention of a ruthless killer with an insatiable addiction to human blood. Shot in Wisconsin for $7000, Blood Junkie is a refreshing new vision in DIY independent filmmaking from first time feature filmmaker Drew Rosas. 72 minutes.
Saturday, February 18 – EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE – 8 PM
See description for Thursday, February 16 program above.
Thursday, February 23 – LA AIR: INSTEREO – 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. INSTEREO, the empathic image exchange between Ursula Brookbank and Christine Alicino, presents their latest collaboration realized with the support of the LA Air Artist-in-Residence program at EPFC. Over the past lunar year moving images were exchanged every seven days and at year’s end arranged into a film/video projection occupying the realm of their correspondences. The evening includes a screening of short films selected by INSTEREO from the collection of EPFC. FREE!
Saturday, February 25 – MANIPULATED IMAGE PRESENTS “GUTTURAL!” – 8 PM
(merriam-webster.com: Guttural... marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable)
There is an unbridled energy and natural rawness to Martin Back's video, in which he uses his mouth, a contact mic and a webcam to create a raucous performance. Paulo Barros's percolating geometric abstractions are inhibited only by their forced rectangular enclosures. Hey-Yeun Jang's work penetrates the “in-between,” the deep cracks that are left unexplored in familiar realities. Niclas Hallberg and his collaborator Stina Pehrsdotter give voice to those who have come to feel shame in a civilization that has alphabetized and codified proper conduct. Wilfried Agricola de Cologne's videos are both visually and viscerally penetrating, and his clear observations are potent and commanding. In addition to the above selections from MI's archives, RKDB, a video artist based in Oakland, California will be at the screening for the presentation and discussion of his work. A BFA graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, RKDB worked off-Broadway and in independent films in New York City, and while working at MoMA as an assistant to the curators for the Jackson Pollock retrospective, he had a revelation that led him to video art. RKDB calls himself an "amateur anthropologist/comparative religion and Jungian student." To the first time viewer, his work may appear absurd, funny, and even irreverent. But after viewing a collection of his work, one will come to understand the degree to which he is obsessed with Jung, ritual, myth and shamanism. RKDB trusts in intuition and the transformative power of inner truths, and sincerely believes that "the dreamlike quality of the moving image is best suited to respond to and enter into a dialogue with the part of the mind that is beyond - and on which floats - the rational sphere."It is not necessarily the "strange" quality of the sound that makes some of these works guttural, but the restless audacity of the artists in breaching the boundaries of the agreeable, the proper, and the familiar. Curated by Alysse Stepanian. Project site: http://manipulatedimage.com/LosAngeles2012.html
YOUTH Winter Session - 4 weeks: February 2012 (Class size limited, call or email for availability)
4 Sessions on Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm, February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
This advanced, four-week intensive class will immerse students in the history and practice of personal / diary filmmaking. Through screenings and discussions students will explore the diverse forms personal filmmaking has taken, from amateur home movie makers to the avant-garde. Students will create their own film diaries, using regular 8 mm film—the dominant format for home movie making from its development by Kodak during the Great Depression until the invention of Super 8 mm. All students will complete their projects entirely through analog means, and will learn every step of the process from loading the camera to operating the projector. There will be one mandatory weekday field trip, date and time pending. As this class is very intensive and only one month long, it is limited to returning students who have had previous experience working with analog film processes who are interested in further developing these skills, ages 16 – 19. All program equipment, materials and instruction provided free of charge by EPFC. Class size is limited so call or email to reserve your spot. Instructors: Rick Bahto and Cosmo Segurson.
Saturday, February 11 – INTRO TO FINALCUT 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.
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