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[June 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.

Wednesday, June 4 – TROIKA – 8 PM
A screening of selected materials and an ensuing discussion between three people capable of talking for hours. Join Tosh Berman, William E. Jones, and Jarett Kobek for a night of reflection on Los Angeles and its virtues, present and fading, as a place for the creation of the arts. Tosh Berman is the founder and publisher of Tam-Tam Books and the author of Sparks-tastic: Twenty-One Nights with Sparks in London. William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose works have been exhibited and published internationally. Jarett Kobek is an American writer living in California. His books include ATTA, BTW and If You Won’t Read, Then Why Should I Write?

Thursday, June 5 – 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.

"An Amtrak train pulls out of Penn Station in New York City on a cold, sunny February morning. The train moves forward as the landscape changes—the East Coast giving way to the Midwest. Passengers fill their roles, the snow begins to fall and the next train station is announced, all while the light continues shifting, bouncing, swelling and slouching into eventual darkness." - Gina Telaroli. Program includes GT's Traveling Light (2011, 58 minutes) and short video 4'8 1/2" (2011).

Friday, June 6 –  A/V GEEKS presents THOSE EXCRUTIATING 1980s – 10:30 PM 
Come watch some of the most absurd examples of educational films from the 1980s - the death rattle of the 16mm film. There'll be singing, dancing, costumes, puppets and lots of bad ideas. Fun for the whole family! Films include Flash That Smile, Calcium, Ridin' Cool To School, Nobody Tells Me What To Do and Cell Wars! A/V Geeks have been collecting and screening 16mm school films for the last 20 years to the delight and horror of audiences all over North America. More information about their archive and efforts can be found at

Fillip, a Vancouver-based contemporary art magazine, is pleased to announce the availability of issue 19 with a special launch event at EPFC. The issue includes essays by Byron Peters and Jacob Wick on misperformance, and Bettina Funcke on the documenta 100 Notes series, as well as conversations with artists Lene Berg and Zarouhie Abdalian, and Matteo Pasquinelli onThe Labour of Abstraction. Also included are artist portfolios by Sumi Ink Club and Nicholas Gottlund, as well as Christopher Régimbal on Artist Collectivism in London, Ontario. The evening features a screening of Jack Chambers's  film The Hart of London (1970, 79 min., 16mm)."Jack Chambers is one of Canada's most famous and greatest living painters. Why then have his films been as neglected as they have been? I feel that it is because his films do not arise as an adjunct to his painting (as is true in the case of most other painter film-makers) but that, rather, Jack Chambers has realized the almost opposed aesthetics of paint and film and has created a body of moving pictures so crucially unique as to fright paint buffery: thus his films have inherited a social position kin to that of the films of Joseph Cornell in this country. The fact is that four films of Jack Chambers have changed the whole history of film, despite their neglect, in a way that isn't possible within the field of painting. There are no 'masters' of film in any significant sense whatsoever. There are only 'makers' of film in the original, or at least medieval, sense of the word. Jack Chambers is a true 'maker' of films. He needs no stance, or standing, for he dances attendance upon the coming-into-being of something recognizably new: (and as all is new, always, one must question the veracity of all works, whatever medium, which beseem everything but that truth)." –Stan Brakhage.

Thursday, June 12 – NOT ABOUT ART: A sampler of short films by AL RAZUTIS—VISUAL ALCHEMY – 8 PM
Celebrating avant-garde, Structuralist, formalist, mythopoeic, Situationist and anarchist influences over nearly 50 years of film-making, Al Razutis is pioneer in film/video hybrids, optical manipulations, radical media performance, holographic and 3-D art practice, and all-around troublemaking.  Filmmaker will be in attendance to introduce, comment, and engage with audience on the film-forms, context, and interpretation of film practice outside of art institutions, outside of commercial and popular notions of film as experimental and underground cinema. Al Razutis in person!

In June, Grassroots Acoustica's troupe of singer/songwriters comes to EPFC to raise contributions to keep it growing. The 7 year-old monthly series has never charged a cover but has raised over $73,000 in donations supporting L.A.-based arts, education, social services, medical research & animal rescue organizations. Named Best Acoustic Night by Los Angeles Magazine in their Best Of LA 2011 issue, Grassroots Acoustica has attracted a vibrant community of hit songwriters, nominees and/or winners of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Oscar & even Peabody, national touring acts swinging through L.A., session player royalty, two actresses from Robert Altman films and one reality show star. This event charges no cover but all donations benefit EPFC.

Working with local film archivists, preservationists and humanities experts, local youth between the ages of 12 and 19 have explored the history of the home movie as it pertains to life in mid-century Southern California and the perpetuation of the American Dream. This forty minute documentary project was filmed on Super 8, and incorporates historic home movie footage from local archives and personal family collections. This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH. Experience more at Refreshments will be provided! Everyone is welcome! Copies of the DVD will be available for sale. This is a free event!

Thursday, June 26 – LA AIR: JOHN WIESE – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. John Wiese is an artist and composer living and working in Los Angeles, California. His focus is on sound works rooted in montage, typography as a system of abstraction/communication, and image making. In recent years he has begun combining these practices in the form of video—exploring the imaging of sound events, how visuals can evoke an impression of sound, the possibilities of documenting performances, and what these forms can reveal. He has toured extensively throughout the US, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He has performed and exhibited at many international festivals and venues such as Arsenale, Sala Marceglia/52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition (Venice), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), La Machine Du Moulin Rouge (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Wiese is a 2014 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award.

Saturday, June 28 – 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. Paul Pescador will show his Yellow and Turquoise, the first piece of a five part film titled Color/d. The film examines the subject of social and physical dependence through four different story lines. Through the use of stop-motion animation, dialogue and narrative, Yellow and Turquoise produces a complex network of images and interactions about personal experience. Martine Syms is a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California who grew up going to punk shows and watching lots of television. Her work focuses on the way that identity and memory are transformed by the shifting boundaries of business and culture. She will be showing a Super 8 film commissioned by Echo Park Film Center in celebration of our 12-year anniversary, titled L’Inventaire (2014, 3 minutes), along with an in-progress set of videos, Untitled (Lesson 1–5). Eve LaFountain will show her film Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song. LaFountain's most ambitious film work to date maps her maternal grandmother Louise's move into a senior citizen building and traces the dismantling and inheritance of her life's collections. The tale transitions from great love stories in World War II, followed by the next generation involved in inter-racial marriage, then leading to the child of Jewish and Native American mixed heritage who walks a fine line blending cultures to establish her identity. As her mother says in the film, this is how the world is changing. Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song fluidly tells the story of one family’s transitions throughout the generations from the perspective of the women. This film will be shown along with recent works by other artists to be announced on 16mm about family, homecomings and reminisces. Vashti Harrison’s Field Notes (2014, 16mm), is a visual and aural field guide to paranormal activities on the island nation of Trinidad told through the voices of one family.



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