Cinema

WATER AND POWER and THE SOUND WE SEE at UNION STATION

The EPFC Filmcicle partners with Metro Art Presents this fall for a special free screening series about Los Angeles at Union Station.

WATER AND POWER
Water and Power (1989) is a visually luscious experimental film that meditates on Los Angeles from a deep-time perspective. Taking its title from the Los Angeles water district, much of the film was shot in the Owens Valley and in an old office building in downtown LA and is metaphorically about the exchange of energy between two places. It is also about water, in all of its states, and about cyclical motion: the planets, the tides, the implied rotation of the camera on its axis, and the repetitive actions of the performers. There are also quotations from older moviesand their soundtracks: at times their landscapes become continuous with those of the present. Human habitation in this wilderness is tenuous and risky. “The ‘reality’ animated by the film is LA; its topography and social ambiance, its myths of creation and embedding of a dream. It is surely the greatest of contemporary ‘city symphonies.'” – Paul Arthur, Moving Picture

Watch a clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxJWwfZs6KM.

THE SOUND WE SEE: A LOS ANGELES SYMPHONY
“The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony” (2010)—a stunning 24-hour cinematic journey with each hour of the day represented as one minute on film. Initially developed as part of Echo Park Film Center’s free youth filmmaking program in Los Angeles, the film uses analog filmmaking techniques and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov as starting points to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments. Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant-garde urban documentarians, 37 teens with little or no prior filmmaking experience worked with 16mm cameras and black and white stock to create a film expressing the grand landmarks and humble places, fleeting moments and subtle textures comprising LA.

More about The Sound We See here: http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/blog/sound-we-see/.

DOORS OPEN
7:00pm with games and prizes

PROGRAM BEGINS
7:30pm with special introduction by “Water and Power” director Pat O’Neill

Show Metro TAP card at check-in and gain access to preferential seating. Guests are welcome to bring food and drink (no alcohol is permitted).

The event is free and all ages, and will take place in LA Union Station’s Fred Harvey Room.

Film still courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios.

More information at metro.net/unionstationevents

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