EPFC Youth Classes are a great way to explore the magic of the moving image, gain new film/video skills and meet new friends. All equipment, materials and instruction provided free of charge to local youth ages 12 – 19.
2017 YOUTH CLASSES
WINTER 2017: WE THE PEOPLE (4 consecutive Saturdays beginning February 4, 10 am – Noon)
There’s a new president in the White House and it’s time to let him know what’s on our minds! This four-session workshop is all about PROTEST FILMS: we’ll watch historic ones, check out contemporary ones and make our own using Harinezumi digital cameras. Think Global! Act Local! This class is open to youth 12-19 years old; all equipment, materials and instruction provided FREE by EPFC! Sign up here!
SPRING 2017: BLUE DAYS, BLACK NIGHTS: A DARK LOOK AT LA NOIR (9 consecutive Saturdays beginning March 4, 10 am – Noon)
“It began last May. About the end of May, it was. I had to run out to Glendale to deliver a policy on some dairy trucks. On the way back I remembered this auto renewal on Los Feliz. So I decided to run over there. It was one of those California Spanish houses everyone was nuts about 10 or 15 years ago. This one must have cost somebody about 30,000 bucks — that is, if he ever finished paying for it… It was mid-afternoon, and it’s funny, I can still remember the smell of honeysuckle all along that block. I felt like a million. There was no way in all this world I could have known that murder sometimes can smell like honeysuckle…”
This Spring, the EPFC Youth Class explores LA Noir, the classic film genre with roots in a vanished Los Angeles. We’ll be looking at clips from classic films, checking out downtown’s changing urban landscape, and making our very own 21st century noir using Bolex 16mm cameras. This class is open to youth 12-19 years old; all equipment, materials and instruction provided FREE by EPFC! Sign up here!
A mandatory orientation session for all interested students and their parent/guardian takes place at EPFC on Tuesday, February 28th at 7 pm.
SUMMER 2017: LETTER TO MYSELF (6 sessions: August 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18 from 4 pm to 6 pm each day)
This two-week intensive workshop taught by the EPFC Summer Artist In Residence invites students to create cinematic letters to their future selves. This class is open to youth 12-19 years old; all equipment, materials and instruction provided FREE by EPFC!
FALL 2017: CITY OF ANGELS (9 consecutive Saturdays beginning September 16, 10 am – Noon)
An experimental documentary class focused on family and community stories… The fifth in an ongoing series that began way back in 2005! This class is open to youth 12-19 years old; all equipment, materials and instruction provided FREE by EPFC!
2016 YOUTH CLASSES
WINTER 2016: FUNDAMENTALS (4 consecutive Saturdays beginning February 6, 10 am – 1 pm)
A film fundamentals course that includes both practice and theory and is digestible enough for young students while also being challenging enough to be inspiring. This four-session workshop will feature screenings and texts by teenagers, underground artists, political artists, women, people of color, activist communities, comedians as well as a hands-on introduction to a variety of filmmaking tools and techniques . This class is open to young women, and all self-identifying young women who are ages 13-19 years old.
SPRING 2016: SUNSET & ALVARADO: A YOUTH DOCUMENTARY PROJECT ABOUT ECHO PARK (13 sessions, Friday afternoons 4:30 – 6:30 pm beginning March 4)
The Echo Park Film Center offers free youth classes to teens age 12-19. In its early years (over a decade ago) the EPFC produced a documentary film about its direct surroundings, titled Sunset & Alvarado. This Spring semester we will revisit this film. Sunset & Alvarado will be an exploration of the histories, people and establishments of Echo Park, the neighborhood as its been and how it’s changed. In the 13 classes between March and June we will set forth learning about Echo Park while producing an updated Sunset & Alvarado film with a new generation of youth cinema-makers in LA.
SUMMER 2016: INTRO TO 16MM – A 1-DAY WORKSOP on FRIDAY, JULY 8
Learn the basics of 16mm cinematography and hand processing in this hands-on 4-hour workshop. Class limited to 6 students, ages 14 – 19. Instructors: Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr. Sign up here.
SUMMER 2016: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC GARDEN (4 sessions: July 19, 21, 26 and 28 from 1 to 4 pm)
This two-week intensive workshop taught by EPFC Summer Artist In Residence Ricardo Leite focuses on the use of plants as the main ingredients of the developing baths in photosensitive film processing. Students will create their very own eco-friendly films! CLASS FULL!
SUMMER 2016: CINEMA ORGANICA FOR KIDS – A 1-DAY WORKSOP on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Learn how to use garden plants and kitchen ingredients to make your own eco-friendly films! Class limited to 10 students, ages 10 – 19 . Instructor: Lisa Marr. Sign up here.
FALL 2016: LOS ANGELES 2019 (Wednesday afternoons, 4:30 – 6:30 pm beginning Sept 14)
The opening title card of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner reads Los Angeles, November 2019. The film then proceeds to establish the dystopic, dark industrial sprawl of LA. This Fall, the Echo Park Film Center will hold a semester long youth class that explores the future. What does the future look like? What styles, subcultures, films and music will emerge? What will our city look like? The participants of this class will explore futurist thinking by experimentation of sounds and visuals. Throughout the class we will cover experimental techniques of making electronic music as well as creating abstract video and media art. We will study classic science fiction films and literature to excavate the social themes of those times and contemplate what today’s Sci-fi looks like. The class will culminate in a screening of the students final projects… An experimental video art piece with their own music score!
EPFC youth classes are FREE and all materials are covered by the film center.
This class is open to youth age 12-19 will meet weekly on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30PM from September 14 to December 14, 2016. There is a mandatory orientation on Tuesday September 13 at 6pm at EPFC. The final screening will be on Sunday December 11 at a location to be announced.
Sign up here.
2015 YOUTH CLASSES
WINTER 2015: MASTERS OF THE VIEWNIVERSE
We’ll be using one of the earliest and most enduring 3D viewing devices, the View-Master, to create a series of stereographic images that tell personal stories. Learn the surprising history of stereoscopes and gain practical hands-on experience with the basics of 3D photography.
SPRING 2015: LOST AND FOUND
Come explore the processes and concepts behind taking something old to make something new using found footage, sound loops, scavenger hunts, collage, montage, and analog video art. http://lostandfoundyouth.tumblr.com
SUMMER 2015: PROCESS, CONTACT, MOVEMENT! A HANDS-ON 16MM WORKSHOP
16mm cinematography and projection! Direct animation! Photograms! Optical soundtrack manipulation! It’s all part of the EPFC Summer Youth Workshop with visiting artist Meg Rorison!
FALL 2015: KNO UR SELF(IE)
This 12 week class will explore topics about the self and what it means to express, and identify one’s self in the digital age.