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[April 2014]



Celebrate ten years of cinematic bliss with your friendly neighborhood microcinema! EPFC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Sell your TV and come to the cinema.

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).

EPFC’s microcinema is supported in part by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Thursday, April 10 – ED WEBB-INGALL presents OPEN DOOR: STARTING TO HAPPEN – 8 PM
Ed Webb-Ingall will be hosting a screening and discussion of work by a community film group from the 1970s called Liberation Films. Liberation Films grew out of Angry Arts, a film society run by Vietnam Solidarity Committee activists in the UK, its core work was as a 16mm distributor, although it also produced films and ran screenings. Open Door: Starting to Happen (1974) shows the results of an experiment, in which filmmakers Liberation Films taught a community action group of residents in Balham, South London how to use video equipment to record local protests for social change. It was broadcast on BBC2 as part of their community engagement program Open Door and includes an introduction by Tony Wickert of Liberation Films and concludes with a panel discussion involving members of Liberation Films and the community members involved both in this project and in similar ones elsewhere. Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration. He works with groups using collective film making as means to investigate themes of identity, history, politics and representation. He has written on the history and practice of collaborative film making in the UK. Recent projects have been with South London Gallery, International Project Space, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tate Liverpool and The British Film Institute. He Co-edited a book on the filmmaker Derek Jarman, published by Thames and Hudson in September 2013. Most recently he was awarded a British Council International Cultural Exchange Scholarship to travel to Los Angeles where, with Echo Park Film Center, he will use filmmaking as a means to explore different communities through self-representation, reflection and the act of making and watching films together. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the changing role of community filmmaking. The Screening is supported by the British Council Cultural Exchange International

Saturday, April 12 – SAHKANAGA – 8 PM
In 2002, over 300 bodies were discovered on the property of the Tri-State Crematory in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia, thrusting an unassuming, tight-knit community into the international spotlight. SAHKANAGA (meaning “Great Blue Hills of God” in Cherokee, pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) imagines this event from the perspective of Paul, a teenager who stumbles upon the first body. Filmed on Super16mm in Walker County, GA, with a cast of local, non-professional actors (many of whom had a direct connection to the real-life scandal), the entire process was structured as a community outreach project to explore ownership of stories and the cathartic possibilities of cinema, both as a participant and spectator. Variety described the film as a cross between To Kill a Mockingbird and Blue Velvet, and The New York Times called it "serious, and welcome, grassroots art." John Henry Summerour, the writer/director, grew up only a few miles from the crematory. He studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the British American Drama Academy in London. He is the recipient of the Screenwriters Colony Residency on Nantucket, IFP's Narrative Lab Fellowship in NYC, and TheFilmSchool's Great American Storyteller Prize in Seattle. SAHKANAGA is his first feature film. Please join us for a screening and discussion with the director and lead actor Trevor Neuhoff. Runtime 80 minutes.

Saturday, April 19 – THE PATTERN OF THE WORLD: Films by PAUL CLIPSON – 8 PM
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light subconscious visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. The evening's program will feature two rare 16mm films and a world premiere on Super 8mm: Untitled (2011) 16mm, color, 15 minutes, silent. A rare to screen meditative study of San Francisco streets, shadows and sunlight, starring musician Trevor Montgomery (Young Moon and The Drift). BRIGHT MIRROR (2013) Super 8mm, 9 min., color/B&W, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. A series of movements between a figure (Anya Kamenskaya), a landscape (the Marin Headlands), and a camera (Super 8mm), blur into something between dance and the gesture of drawing. Completed as part of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. LIGHT YEAR (2013) 45 min., 16mm, silent. Extended version of a commission for the San Francisco Exploratorium, as part of a Cinema Artist residency, this film-collage studies the water systems and architecture of the San Francisco waterfront, in abstract and formal contexts.  

Monday, April 21 – SMALL NEW FILMS – 8:30 PM
Presented by REDCAT, at 631 West 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Since 2002, the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC) has been an influential proponent of small-gauge film, particularly Super 8mm and 8mm. This survey of handmade films affirms the independent spirit of the EPFC community in an aesthetically eclectic range of works from personal diary films to cross-disciplinary collaborations, from documentary portraiture to hand-processed abstraction. Drawing on young experimenters from the center’s education and residency programs as well as artists commissioned to make brand-new films for EPFC’s 12-year anniversary, the program includes films by Rick Bahto, Ursula Brookbank, Kate Brown, Paul Clipson, Hayley Elliott, Marilyn Hernandez, Ellie Parker, John Porter, Chloe Reyes, Martine Syms, Penelope Uribe-Abee, and Pablo Valencia, all projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals. Tickets are $10 general audience or $8 students/REDCAT members.

Thursday, April 24 – LA AIR: CHLOE REYES – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Chloe Reyes is an alumnus of Echo Park Film Center youth program, her films have shown in festivals including $100 Fest and Toronto Film Festival. Her program for LA AIR will intertwine family stories and neighborhood places to re-contextualize a bicultural upbringing in the suburbs of North Hollywood. From a grandmother's reminiscence on old Hollywood to a father's reflection on his small hometown in Zacatecas, these short films will include experiments in hand-made emulsion and alterations in photochemical processes. Free event!

The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film and video, with local and visiting artists in-person to introduce their work. Kerry Laitala, cinema conjuror, will be in town from San Francisco and will screen a couple juicy new works including: Conjuror's Box and Velvet of Night—an Expanded Cinema work. The SF Weekly says of her: "The brilliant experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala is a conjurer, summoning vestigial image-remnants from ancient films and, applying her singular skills in divine manipulation, evoking the fantastical world of jagged dreams, faded realities, and shadowy fairy tales. Working with the endangered material of celluloid, she constructs handcrafted gems that explode with fantastical associations. The great contradiction embodied in her oeuvre is precisely what makes her such a singular, important artist: She devotes endless, painstaking hours to works for transient, temporal movie-going experiences.” Ross Meckfessel will be here in person to show his new Super 8 film Invocation of Uzi (2014), an abstracted portrait of actress Jojo Hill as she portrays five different characters in this behind-the-scenes documentary of Uzi’s Party: an experimental pagan teen drama by Lyra Hill. Zach Iannazzi will also be here in person to present two new 16mm films, including California Picture Book. Janis Crystal Lipzin will show her new De Luce 2: Architectura, in which light and photo-chemistry collide and conspire against different architectural backdrops, suspending and dissolving celluloid matter into a luminosity reminiscent of Mark Rothko's radiant field paintings. The original super-8mm film was shot in Paris, Norway, Toronto, Wyoming, Colorado, Chicago, Cincinnati, Napa Valley & southern and northern California between 1983 and 2012, and then painstakingly hand-processed. De Luce 2: Architectura is the second film in the artist's "De Luce" (On Light) series that was inspired by this medieval text: "In the beginning of time, light drew out matter, along with itself, into a mass as great as the fabric of the world. -- Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253). We’ll also be screening a brand new film commissioned by Echo Park Film Center in celebration of our twelve-year anniversary by Paul Clipson. This film-collage explores visual texture, contour and composition, through a layering of moving imagery that hopes to produce a kaleidoscope of associations. Movements of the camera, and movements within and around the frame, take their inspiration from the varied gestures of drawing, and dance and rhythm in music.



Saturday, April 5– TINTING & TONING WORKSHOP – 1 – 5 PM
Introduction to the basics of tinting and toning film material. EPFC will supply footage to experiment with, and we'll be using traditional chemical toners, commercial tinting packages, and home-brewed kitchen-ingredient tinting agents. Each student will create their own short film loop. No experience necessary!
Age: 19+
Class Size: 6 students
Instructors: Chloe Reyes & Ellie Parker
Fee: $50

Saturday, April 19 – ONE MINUTE MOVIE WORKSHOP – 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Today we will write, shoot, edit and upload a one minute documentary/experimental film. We will strike out using digital cameras and the surrounding neighborhood as a backdrop. Then using Final Cut Pro 7 we will edit the film to perfection. Finally we will upload your film to vimeo for you to share with your audience. Class is primarily for novice filmmakers. Topics covered: story structure, camera basics, and editing skills. 
Class size: 6 students
Instructors: Will O'Loughlen
Fee: $75/$60 EPFC Members