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[August 2013]



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, August 1 – THE OPEN COLLOQUIUM – 8 PM
The August edition of EPFC's monthly Open Colloquium will feature a presentation by visiting artist Kristin Bedford, in discussion of her newest work Field Notes, Durham Noir. As always, our cinematic symposium 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, and 16mm are all welcome in this freewheeling conference of moving image artists and singer songwriters.

In the 1970s, the rigors of structural film were taken to an unprecedented extreme by the artists of the London Film-maker's Co-operative. Foremost among them was Peter Gidal, whose severe aesthetic was matched by a cantankerous polemicism in his theoretical writings. He argued in his essays that it was politically necessary to resist narrative, and attempted in his films to foreground the ideological processes of film viewing. Though this project may not have realized its utopian ambitions, the questions raised by Gidal et al. about the politics of film form remain relevant and necessary. Featuring: Room Film 1973(Peter Gidal, 1973, 16mm, 54min) and Shepherd's Bush(Mike Legget, 1971, 16mm, 15min)

Thursday, August 8 – ROBERT NELSON RETROSPECTIVE PROGRAM #5: David King, The Moblèd Queen, and the Oak of the Golden Dream– 8 PM
The fifth (and final, for now) in a series of tribute screenings to the late, great Robert Nelson (1930–2012).  The program will feature Nelson’s Ann Arbor Best of the Festival winner and epic swansong Hauling Toto Big (1997), as well as four lesser-known shorts, including Deep Westurn, Special Warning, King David, and Hamlet Act. All works shown on 16mm, with an introduction by Mark Toscano.

Saturday, August 10 – ROLLS (1971) BY ROBERT HUOT – 8 PM
Painter, filmmaker, and dairy farmer Robert Huot made a series of landmark diary pieces beginning in 1970, spanning different media (including painting) throughout the decade, but ROLLS (1971) stands as one of his very greatest. Hailed by critic Scott MacDonald as an astonishing work that was “unlike any I’d seen to that point, an aggressively personal film shot with formal rigor and elegance and organized into an ingenious structure,” ROLLS (1971) is extremely rarely seen, and a major work of the American personal film movement. Rolls (1971) by Robert Huot, 1971, 16mm, b/w & color, silent, 97 minutes. We will be screening Huot’s personal 16mm print. No one under 18 admitted.

Thursday, August 15 – DUTCH ABSURDISM – 8 PM
The proximity of the famous Keystone studios to the Echo Park Film Center inspired Dutch experimental filmmaker Karel Doing to select a historical program of short experimental films from the Netherlnads. The rough physical action and gags typical of the early Keystone films may have inspired some of the Dutch filmmakers. Their biting absurdism is often used as a critical tool towards small mindedness and false moralism. Be prepared for some unsettling works of art. Program includes Tulips by Wim van der Linden, Tarting Over by Paul de Nooijer, El Cardenalby Henri Plaat, Oot Oak Aas by Paul de Mol, De Blikvanger (The Eyecatcher) by Frederieke Jochems, Living by Frans Zwartjes, Touring Holland by Bicycle by Paul de Nooijer, Kano (Rood) [Canoe (Red)] by Jeroen Eisinga, and Backward by Erik Wesselo. All works on 16mm.

Thursday, August 22 – KAREL DOING: CITY SYMPHONIES – 8 PM
The films, performances and installations of Karel Doing deal with elusive subjects such as music, rhythm, poetry, death, history and memory. He works together with composers, musicians, performers, and dancers. His films relate to the experimental film tradition and beyond. He combines documentary techniques, found footage, and visual story telling resulting in a style of his own. Recurring themes in his work are: the relation between the cinematic image and music, the city as an organism, intercultural dialogue, and motion picture film as a material with a specific expression and vocabulary. He lives and works in London and Rotterdam. For this program he presents three of his city symphony works. Images of a moving city (2001, 35mm on video) is a documentary poem about the city of Rotterdam, observing the people, roads, and buildings that jointly determine the atmosphere of a continually changing multicultural city. Liquidator (2010, 35mm on video) uses an optical printer to transform a badly deteriorated print of Willy Mullens commercial city branding film Haarlem from 1922. Palindrome Series (2013, 16mm double projection) is a series of 5 short palindrome films made at lab in London, using a black and white processing machine, a step printer, and ostensible useless materials (paper cut-outs, artificial hair, discarded negatives, old newspapers). Karel Doing is EPFC’s August international artist-in-residence! This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services (New York), in partnership with the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA); Music Center, the Netherlands, Netherlands Theatre Institute: and the Dutch Funds for the Performing Arts. Screening partially funded by the Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs 2013 Cultural Exchange International Grant.

Saturday August 24 – RE-INVENTING THE REEL – 8 PM
In February of 2012 Elements of Image Making began as a workshop for the promotion of analogue film craft. It has become a monthly meet-up/hang-out/nerd-out connecting those with something to learn and those with something to teach. Operating non-hierarchically and without agenda, Elements of Image Making is a vagrant Lyceum transferring the alchemical secrets of the past via word of mouth to anyone seeking initiation into celluloid film-istry. As the industrial interests that historically sustained film production abandon us, we self organize and defy irrelevancy- keeping film where it belongs, in the underground. To celebrate Elements’ one-year anniversary Re-Inventing the Reel presents a survey of celluloid interventions honoring filmmakers that pursue personal vision while pushing the constituent parts of the filmic apparatus to the point of catharsis and transformation. With films by Ben Popp, Abigail Severance, Will Bragger, Robert Schaller, Janis Crystal Lipzin, John Woods, Michael Morris, Eric Stewart, Zach Van Joo and more! Screening preceded by Re-Animated Gifs and works made at Elements of Image Making.

Thursday, August 29 – ANIMATION FREAK-OUT NIGHT – 8 PM
Won't you join Cosmo Segurson for an evening of strange and mind bending cartoons? Root beer floats will be served up as his collection of 16mm animation prints entertains you beyond belief. From the United States and around the world, some from the Film Center's own library, these cartoons are rare and well worth your attention. Did we mention Root Beer Floats?

Celebrate the end of summer with an evening of films by Margo Victor, Dave Tucker, Haruko Tanaka, Isabell Spengler, Joe Sola, Laura Owens, AnitRa Menning, Laida Lertxundi, Seema Kapur, Tuni Chatterji, Kate Brown and the 99C Chef. Curated by Kate Brown and Monique van Genderen. "An epic, marathon night of goodness" Introducing the films of AnitRa Menning and featuring: an early film by master printer Dave Tucker, Los Angeles on screen in films by Haruko Tanaka, Laida Lertxundi, and Tuni Chatterji, a clock paintings movie by Laura Owens, a Sci-fi musical by Seema Kapur, and more. Together for the first time since the Venice Beach Biennial, these films get a night on the big screen.


Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome!

Friday, August 2 – Sullivan’s Travels
Introduction by David Coscia, Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society

Friday, August 9 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles
Introduction by Richard Schave, Esotouric Bus Adventures

Friday, August 16 – Colors
Introduction by James Rojas, Urban Planner

Friday, August 23 – Kiss Me Deadly
Introduction by Alan K. Rode, Film Noir Foundation

Friday, August 30 – Souls for Sale
Introduction by Richard Adkins, Hollywood Heritage Museum
Live musical accompaniment by Lucky Dragons

Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info!

Support for the 2013 Filmmobile Summer Screening Series generously provided by The California Community Foundation, The California Consumer Protection Foundation, Epson America, Martifer Solar and The Metabolic Studio




Saturday, August 24 – ELEMENTS OF IMAGE-MAKING VISITS LA! – 1 – 5 PM
In February of 2012 in Oakland, California, Elements of Image Making began as a workshop for the promotion of analogue film craft. It has become a monthly meet-up/hang-out/nerd-out connecting those with something to learn and those with something to teach. Operating non-hierarchically and without agenda, Elements of Image Making is a vagrant Lyceum transferring the alchemical secrets of the past via word of mouth to anyone seeking initiation into celluloid film-istry. This workshop will explore a variety of ways of making images—in the camera, or out with photograms and more—using high contrast film and black and white print stocks. Students will learn about the photo-chemical processes that enable analogue photography and make alternative film-chemistry sourced from ingredients found in the kitchen, and out on the sidewalk. Each student will make a short loop of film; no experience needed. All materials provided.
Age: 19+
Class size: 6 students
Instructors: Eric Stewart and Rick Bahto
Fee: $50