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[July 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, July 3 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
It’s 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.

A screening of short films by the Chicago based artist Lyra Hill. Lyra, who began the “performative comix reading series,” Brain Frame, in July of 2011, is an all-around-dynamo comix artist/curator, performer, painter, bookmaker, printer… and some how she also finds time to make films. This selection of work, which recalls the avant-garde tradition of psychodrama, employs a variety of in-camera special effects techniques. With great rigor, Lyra’s films exhibit a particular control over filmmaking as craft, while illuminating the possibility of losing one’s self completely.  A projector performance involving a tall chair (or short ladder) will also be featured. Program: House Fuck (2010, 16mm), The Mystic (2011, 16mm), Untitled (Times For) (2011, Super 9, with Ross Meckfessel), Go Down (2012, digital projection and performance), Uzi’s Party (2014, work in progress, 16mm to digital file).

The Lotus Festival, one of the signature cultural celebrations in the City of Los Angeles, will return this summer to a newly renovated Echo Park Lake and will feature the premiere of The Sound We See: An Echo Park City Symphony, with live music arranged by Jon Almaraz. Exploring the neighborhood over a 24 hour period, a multi-generational group of filmmakers from the Echo Park Film Center famiglia documented the life, rhythm, and movement of the city from their unique perspectives on 16mm. The film was commissioned by the office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Council District 13. The Lotus Festival was started in 1972 to promote awareness of the contributions by Asian-Americans in our local communities, and this year will honor the culture and traditions of the Filipino community. Location: main lawn of Echo Park Lake. Free!

Thursday, July 17 – 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. Geoffrey Sexton is an abstract painter, musician and filmmaker. Geoffrey explores video with an emphasis on textures and individualistic video frames, thus honing a signature feel and movement to the frames of his videos. His videos offer a transcendence in the abstract, urging viewers to feel free to be led by their less categorical consciousness. Geoffrey's work has increasingly integrated his illuminated, water-based paintings, by means such as portioning them into macro sectioned image sequences. Tempe Hale will show Pick Up the Stick, a documentary short inspired by footage shot on a road trip in which my brother suffers a mental breakdown. The film is a mix of original road trip footage, interviews and improvisation, which explores de-personalization and dramatizes our collective memory. Audrey Wolski is an image-maker based in Montréal, who enjoys making their own films, often opting for abstraction and small-scale production methods as well as working cinematography for narrative fictions. The contrast between analog and digital moving-images is a concern: both methods are thus mixed, in an attempt to create dissonant dialogue. They will show two works, Tramage/rhodopsine, a reflective portrait of our changing psyche caused by the digital age, and Germe, a brief exploration of the 2012 Quebec student strike using artisanal moving-image techniques such as rephotography and hand painting to communicate intimacies within a larger political context as well as the changing nature of memory. Walter Vargas will show his new 16mm film Full House sans the cast, a reexamination of a house and what is home; uncles included.

Enjoy a summer night with Ice Cold Root Beer Floats and strange animation from around the world! Czech stop motion novelties! American hand drawn wonders from the 1930's! Macabre rarities from Poland! And more! Join filmmakers Cosmo Segurson and John Cannizzaro as they share the best and strangest cartoons from their own collections, with some unusual findings from right here in the Film Center's 16mm library. Bring the kids, or better yet, get a babysitter and make a night of it!

Saturday, July 19 – TITO & TITA SHORT FILMS – 8 PM
Tito & Tita, a collective of young artists [in the Philippines] working mainly with film and photography, employ an array of spatial, architectural and cinematographic elements while working in the spirit of an “occupy-discuss-produce-present” process. Featured in various film festivals and art fairs, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the museum of the moving Image, and Documenta in Kassel, these artists are redefining independent cinema and photography via an enthralling transformation of images and disarming practicality, amidst all the symbolism, surrealism, and a variation of experimental techniques –all the while exploring the personal and intimate, blending technology, form and content." (The Manila Review)  This screening will feature selected short works made by filmmakers in the collective, curated by Miko Revereza.

Thursday, July 24 – VINEGAR SYNDROME! Selections from the EPFC Film Library – 8 PM
A monthly grab bag of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC's impressive 16mm library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center—the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films selected purely by title around a specific theme. We won't be previewing any films, so we'll be just as surprised as you experiment in curatorship... This month: WORK—films about jobs. We'll be bringing free coffee and donuts to complete your workplace experience. A fun, casual viewing environment—feel free to laugh, talk, and comment on the movies as we screen them. We’ll watch as many films as we can cram into a 90 minute screening session. Curated by Gina Napolitan and Beaux Mingus.

Portland-based appropriation artist and renaissance bro Hannah Piper Burns visits EPFC with a show of her collage works incorporating appropriated footage and sound—from old Gene Kelly dance sequences to reality television—and her own poetry. One of the past guest curators of EPFC’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, Hannah also co-founded and co-directs Experimental Film Festival Portland (EFFPortland) and acts as the curatorial consultant for the Light + Sound Window Gallery. When she isn't eyeballs deep in reality television footage, she practices boxing and is learning John Travolta's solo dance sequence from Saturday Night Fever, both for upcoming performances. Hannah Piper Burns in person! (plus, she’s bringing a from EFFPortland to Los Angeles Filmforum on Sunday, 7/27)

Saturday, July 26 – THE COTABATO SESSIONS – 8 PM
"The Cotabato Sessions is a full length music album and 30 minute short music film that features the music legacy of one family, the Kalanduyans, in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines. It was a rare moment to be able to get together these generations of musicians in the family. The Kalanduyans are part of a minority Islamic tribe, the Maguindanaons in the Philippines who have been entirely relocated to Cotabato City and elsewhere after many decades of civil unrest in the south. This album and film capture the generations of men, women, and youth performing ritual music and its variations in the home of master artist Danongan Kalanduyan, in a procession,  in the courtyard of a mosque and in the recording session of a concert hall." –Susie Ibarra, a composer, performer and professor in music and advancement in public action at Bennington College and a TED 2014 Senior Fellow.

Thursday, July 31 – HEARKENINGS presents EDGAR G. ULMER’s THE LIGHT AHEAD – 8 PM
"Audaciously adapted from the writings of 19th century Yiddish novelist Mendele Mokhir Sforim, The Light Ahead is the greatest of Edgar G. Ulmer’s shtetl films. Here, the director counterpoints the pastoral Green Fields [1937] to criticize the poverty and superstition that oppress a pair of star-crossed lovers. Made on the eve of World War II, The Light Ahead is at once romantic, expressionist, and painfully conscious of the danger about to engulf European Jews." — National Center for Jewish Film (Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, 1939, 94min). Preceded by two D.W. Griffith shorts: A Child of the Ghetto and Romance of a Jewess. 16mm prints courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.

The Forgetting of Objects is a portrayal of the in-between time and space at the filmmaker Daphne Rosenthal's set. Tiny touches, discoveries through the lens and the natural sounds of the room. It's a play between the filmmaker as a performer and the lives the materials desire to have. Rosenthal will also screen her short Him and Heran animation that sheds light on the isolation of both man and woman in a scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956). Bertha Aguilar's Tides is a documentary exploring a hidden geography of Los Angeles through the sites in which three foreign and politically committed artists, Sergei Eisenstein, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Carlos Bulosan, worked and lived during the the decade of the 30's. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!



Every Sunday in July – OPEN STUDIO – 3 PM – 8 PM
Making movies is hard… and even harder if you’re on your own.   The Echo Park Film Center is now offering open studio hours for filmmakers to work autonomously in a communal environment with the assistance of EPFC staff and resources.  From Super 8mm film to HD video, the Film Center supports a variety of formats and workflows.   All of the tools are already here; you just need to bring the footage and we’ll figure out, together, how to turn it into a movie! A $20 lab fee ($10 for members) is requested for each Sunday session. 

Saturday, June 21 – 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

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. Instructors: Eve LaFountain & Andrew Kim. Fee: $75.

Sundays July 13 and July 20 – HANDMADE EMULSION TINTYPE WORKSHOP – 12 PM – 5 PM
This two day advanced workshop will explore the theory and creation of hand-made black and white silver emulsion. Using 4x5 tintypes, a still format popularized in the latter half of the 19th century, students will collectively make an emulsion batch, coat, shoot and develop their own tintypes. Some experience with analog formats preferred, but in no way required. All supplies and equipment provided. Instructor: Chloe Reyes. Fee: $150

Saturday, July 19 – ANALOG VIDEO ART WORKSHOP – 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
An open collaborative workshop for video artists or anyone interested in creating video art with analog video machines. We will watch examples from the history of video art then explore and experiment with these techniques and technology to create our own video pieces, including video feedback, keying and colorization, manipulation of found footage and the degradation of video images. Workshop participants will create one short video art piece by the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to bring found footage on VHS tapes and any decks or pieces of equipment they would like to contribute to our closed-circuit video system. Instructor: Miko Revereza. Fee: $75.

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27 – ECO WORKSHOP – 12 PM – 4 PM
This 2 day workshop will explore the shooting and developing of Super 8 and 35mm analog film formats. Day 1 will focus on learning the camera formats and students will explore Echo Park and shoot footage. With an emphasis on hand-processing, students will develop the footage on Day 2 using only eco-friendly chemicals such as coffee, wine, cola, hydrogen peroxide, and many more! All materials provided by the Echo Park Film Center. Instructors: Ellie Parker & Chloe Reyes Fee: $120

Alternative Animation and Sound Techniques (It's Alive!)
6 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning July 30, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Final screening/presentation of projects on Wednesday, September 10 – 8 PM
A workshop class all about DIY animation and frame-by-frame filmmaking techniques, coupled with similarly inventive soundtrack-building techniques. Working both collaboratively and independently, students will learn basic 16mm animation and no-budget special effects, work with found footage and found sound, use homemade microphones and soundmakers, and even draw soundtracks directly onto their films. The class will culminate with students making their own experimental 16mm self-portrait films and screening them with a live soundtrack of their own creation! Instructors: Gina Napolitan & Beaux Mingus. Age: 15 and up (beginners welcome!) Class size: 10 students maximum. Fee: $150.