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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.

Join us for an evening celebrating the release of REEL, a new book of film projectionist drawings and notes being released by LAND AND SEA made in collaboration with Paul Clipson and premiering at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, surveying over a decade of 35mm screenings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where Clipson works as a projectionist, will be introduced at EPFC with a video collage of films featured in the book. The evening will feature two performances by sound artists Chris Duncan and Collin McKelvey with new Super 8 and 16mm films by Paul Clipson, as well as screenings of Clipson’s recent Super 8mm shorts DIFFICULT LOVES (2013), VOID REDUX (2013) and OTHER STATES (2013). 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. Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Outside of his studio practice he also organizes events and runs a small artist book press and record label called LAND AND SEA with his wife, Maria Otero. Collin McKelvey is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Oakland CA. McKelvey’s work is rooted in the utilization of sound, particularly field recordings and electronics, to produce immersive environments that reflect on issues of time, place, and the way experiences are lived and remembered.

Thursday, February 6 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
Our cinematic free-for-all, daring 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, 16mm.

Thursday, February 13 – FLIPPING THE MUSIC VIDEO – 8 PM
FLIPPING THE MUSIC VIDEO is by no means a comprehensive offering of the videos that have come out of the Filipin@ music umbrella. It is more a concerted effort on our part to compile selections of videos from amazing bands and singers we like, that have collaborated with established and emerging mv directors that we believe, have the musical 'zip', visual 'boom' and rockin' 'bam' that can translate an excellent song into that very amazing music video." Is there a specific and/or unique Filipin@ director/music video sensibility or style? You can answer this question. Come see amazing, humorous, heart warming, thought inducing videos highlighting a wide variety of music genres from amazing Filipin@ bands and musicians based in the Philippines and the United States. It will be a jam-packed evening of visual eye & musical ear candy! There will also be fantastic live music during the evening! Co-curated by Elaine Dolalas & Irene Suico Soriano.

Vernacular Visions is a curated private collection of vernacular 20th Century color photo slides presented via 35mm projections. An exploration and celebration of the medium, and its subjects, spoken and coded in the visual dialect of the amateur practitioner. Justin Clifford Rhody has presented a series of these slide shows over the past year at different venues in the Bay Area. For this program he will be presenting a sort of “best of”, culled from previous presentations.

 “[A] movie’s reality should be as nasty and fucked up as possible, so we want to get fuck out of the theater and hope for something better in life…. I try not to have a message or even word in my movie. But I usually have some sick stories behind each of the movies. Those are just mental eye candy that it taste sweet first, seizure second.” – Stom Sogo. A dynamo whose thunderous potential was cut short by his premature death, Japanese moving-image artist Stom Sogo (1975–2012) remains a romantic rebel if ever there was one. For over two decades he created a hair-raising body of aggressively beautiful films and videos. His distinctive, psychically charged work revels in optic and aural jolts just as much as it attempts a sincere connection with the viewer. While he mastered numerous approaches, his primary technique involved heavy amounts of re-photography, a process that allowed him to fashion multiple electrified layers of strobing imagery. Other pieces demonstrate his uncanny editing prowess in their startling juxtaposition of home movies with materials taken from an expansive array of unlikely sources.

Sogo was a standout in MoMA’s landmark 8mm BIG AS LIFE survey, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, multiple editions of the New York Underground Film Festival and many other exhibitions. Born and raised in Osaka, he attended high school in the United States and eventually landed in New York City where he began working at Anthology Film Archives. Truly a catalyst in every sense of the word, Sogo’s inexhaustible energy and inspiration helped kick open the doors of this staid institution to a younger generation of artists and fellow travelers. He moved to San Francisco in the early 2000s before returning to Brooklyn, and eventually Japan where he remained until his death in July 2012.

A prolific creator and a devoted experimentalist, Sogo often began with Super 8 or mini-dv and constantly renewed his works with hybrid electronic remixes. With each step the material achieved a higher level of intensity, sometimes to the point of self-destruction. As overtly poetic and autobiographical as they are often fiercely abstract, Sogo’s works do not shy away from exploring visual and sonic extremes. Program: GUIDED BY VOICES (2000, 10:30 minutes, video); SILVER PLAY (2002 minutes, 16 minutes, video); SLOW DEATH (2000, 15:30 minutes, Super 8mm); CARRIE AT STILL (1998, 27 minutes, Super 8mm). Also included will be a reel from Sogo’s 9-part Diary film series I HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING YET (dated 1995, likely shot sometime earlier).

This program is made possible thanks to Andrew Lampert at Anthology Film Archives and presented in collaboration with Human Resources. On Saturday, February 22 starting at 8 pm and continuing until late Human Resources will host an event in the spirit of the all night hang-outs Stom hosted in his apartment, where he overloaded the senses of every guest. 

Saturday, February 22 – NEW WORKS SALON – 8 PM
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. Thom Andersen will show his new work Hey, Asshole! :“While re-mastering Los Angles Plays Itself, I re-edited a number of clips, including The Takeover (Troy Cook, 1995), a grungy, sordid straight-to-video film remarkable only because executive producer Michael Woods and star David Amos had in 1990 planned and carried out the murder of Horace McKenna, Woods's partner in the operation of a chain of strip clubs around Los Angeles—a crime echoed in the movie. After repeated viewings, I noticed a miniature tragedy (or black comedy) spread out over the first sixty minutes. Its protagonist is Waldo the bouncer, the victim of ruses and sucker punches, whose multiple failures lead him to one final heroic attempt to make amends. This is his story." –Thom Andersen. Kate Lain will show two short video works: Rhyolite Spiral was shot at Goldwell Open Air Museum near Rhyolite ghost town, Nevada; and Michigan State shows the Michigan State football float touring the San Gabriel Valley on the way to the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Marilyn Hernandez will show a new Super 8 film Derramo: “bright lights that never turn off, sterile, care without caring. The most important person in a place and situation they hate. Heartache that knows no bound.” Kelsey Brain, our LA AIR resident from December 2013, will show two works she completed as part of her residency: Mark is an unrefined description of an old apartment building, and The World Is Hard is the story of a man who could be straight out of a Hollywood film, but he's not driving a fast car—he's waiting for the bus. Ellie Parker will show three short videos: Lake of Two Mountains, in which two friends uncover a box of treasure they buried years ago near the Lake of Two Mountains, Little Room, a portrait of a little room she lived in for three months during her first winter in Montreal, and La Canción de la Herradura, a film-poem for Mari and Jorge Arteta. Mark Toscano shows his newest video The Stone Breakers, in which a potentially valuable lesson in history and authenticity is sabotaged by poor supplementary materials.  

Thursday, February 27 – LA AIR: ANDREA MÁRQUEZ – 8 PM
Andrea Márquez (born 1983, Argentina) is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. She studied Literature (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Film Studies (Université Paris Diderot). As a writer she has won several prizes, amongst them the 30th Félix Francisco Casanova for her collection of poems Posesiones. Her first short film, El balcón, has been screened in several festivals around the world. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she works on independent film and artistic projects. Drawing on ideas of public spaces in Mike Davis’ City of Quartz, and the concept of the “trace” as developed by Derrida, and Blanchot, she will make an audiovisual exploration on the tracks of different social organization and the concept of community in Los Angeles.



Youth Winter Session - 4 weeks: February 2014 (Class size limited, call or email for availability)
4 Sessions on Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, February 1, 8, 15 & 22. Instructors: Ellie Parker & Chloe Reyes
Power to the Pinhole is an EPFC Youth Master’s class in which students will explore the history and phenomena behind pinhole technology. Each student will construct their own 16mm pinhole camera and individually shoot one roll of black and white film. Each student will choose from a variety of hand-processing techniques discussed in class to develop their own film. These methods include both chemical and natural process and will allow room for experimentation.

Tell Your Story Walking
Spring Session - 12 Weeks: March - May 2014 (Limited Enrollment)
12 Sessions on Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30, beginning March 5
Like the song says, nobody walks in LA! Or do they? In an eclectic tradition of artists and activists ranging from Henry David Thoreau, Marina Abramovich, Charles Lummis, Mahatma Gandhi, Oskar Fischinger, Rosalie Gardiner Jones, Francis Alÿs, and the Paris flâneurs, this 12-week workshop invites students to use the simple act of walking combined with Super 8 filmmaking as a starting point to re-think, re-imagine, re-activate and re-present Los Angeles as a pedestrian wonderland with cinematic stories unfolding every step of the way. Open to local youth ages 12 – 19; no filmmaking experience necessary. All program equipment, materials and instruction provided free of charge by EPFC. Enrollment is limited. Instructors: Rick Bahto, Chloe Reyes, + tba
A one-hour MANDATORY orientation session for all interested students and their parents/guardians will be held at Echo Park Film Center on TUESDAY, MARCH 4th at 7 PM.

Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking
In this 8-session class, students will learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking including storytelling, interview technique, Super 8 camera operation and film processing, sound recording, analog editing, and digital editing using Final Cut Pro software. Each student will complete and exhibit a 5-minute black and white Super 8 film on family and/or community history. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 6 students. Spring Session: 8 consecutive Saturdays, beginning March 8, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $250/$200 members. Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo.

Saturday, March 8 – Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking & Hand-Processing – 12:30 – 5:30 PM
An introduction to 16mm film mechanics using Bolex reflex and Canon Scoopic cameras. In this one-day workshop, students will learn basic camera operation, lighting, and hand-processing technique. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 9 students. Fee: $75/$60 members. Instructor: Cosmo Segurson / Paolo Davanzo

Saturday, March 15 – INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO 7 – 1 – 5 PM
Calling all interested adults (ages 20+) looking to learn the beauty and grace of digital editing on Final Cut 7! All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 6 students; Fee: $60/$50 members.  Instructor: Will O’Loughlen.