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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.

Saturday, March 1 – THIS IS THE LA RIVER: An evening with the Echo Park Film Center – 7:30 PM
Presented by Frogtown Futuro
Event is held at Elysian, 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Frogtown Futuro is a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists on the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and the nature of this transformation here, along the LA River in Frogtown. For this program, EPFC will be presenting This is the LA River: Without the Los Angeles River there would be no Los Angeles. A historical and geographical reference point, a place of industry and recreation, the home of herons and toxic trash dumps, flooded and paved over, the subject of poems, art, derision, and protests, the story of the LA River is a long and winding one, open to endless interpretation. This is the LA River invited 21 neighborhood youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to explore the River through the medium of 16mm film. The result is a captivating collaborative documentary that examines the complex past, present, and future of the great waterway of Los Angeles. Also The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony: In the fall of 2010, youth from across Los Angeles banded together to document the life, rhythm, and movement of the city from their unique perspectives, joining their visions to create a complete 24-hour city symphony. The filmmakers divvied up the day into its two-dozen hours, working in pairs to select and shoot locations that best represented each hour of the day (and night) as one minute of film. The result is a spectacular 24-minute trip through the City of Angels as most have never seen it before.... Program curated by Rebecca Baron. General admission $10 / Students $5. More information at:

Thursday, March 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.

Saturday, March 8 – RACE & SPACE IN LOS ANGELES: 16mm films from 1949–1973 – 8 PM
A program of 16mm shorts about race and place in Los Angeles. Starting with an investigation of Los Angeles’s urban “slums” in 1949 and a look at the impact of urban redevelopment plans on the area of Chavez Ravine in the 1950s, the program then turns to films that focus on individuals as a way to trace the issues relating to race, identity, and environment in the 1960s and 70s. These include student films, educational and sponsored films that explore the lives of African American, Chicano, and Japanese-American teenagers, their communities, and the challenges of their environments. Introduction & discussion by Dr. Marsha Gordon (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA). Projection by Dino Everett (USC). 16mm prints provided by UCLA and USC. Program:
…And Ten Thousand More
(1949) 13 min. USC. Investigates the problem of slum-dwellings in Los Angeles. Chavez Ravine (1957) 5 min. USC. Examines the Chavez Ravine and its inhabitants in the wake of city plans for redevelopment for public housing and, later, Dodger Stadium. Made by USC students. Felicia (1965) 12 min. UCLA. About a female high school student’s feelings about growing up in Watts, Los Angeles. Shot by UCLA film students Alan Gorg, Trevor Greenwood, and Robert Dickson before the Watts Rebellion in August 1965. Akira (1971) 15 min. UCLA. Part of the “Minority Youth” series, the film traces a Japanese American teenager’s feelings about living in-between two cultures. Eastside Story (1974) 18 min. UCLA. Morteza Rezvani’s poetic adaptation of the short story The Somebody by Danny Santiago. Depicts the struggle of a Chicago youth for self-identity after his gang has moved away following the demolition of the East Los Angeles neighborhood.

Saturday, March 15 – ALL INDIA FILM NIGHT– 8 PM
Join us as we celebrate the beauty, power and grace of Mother India. Echo Park Film Center staff members Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo recently returned from a 2-month teaching and filmmaking journey through India and can't wait to share images and stories with you! The first half of the night will feature collaborative Super 8 and 16mm films made with youth communities at Desire Machine Collective in Guwahati and The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Later in the evening, we invite friends and colleagues to mix up the masala with more short films, songs, photos and memories from this magical land. Program includes the Los Angeles Premiere of The Sound We See: Guwahati, the fourth in the EPFC series of City Symphonies. FREE EVENT! Sweet and spicy food/drinks welcomed and encouraged. The EPFC project in India was supported in part by a generous grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Jean Epstein’s Mor-Vran (1931, 25min, 16mm) explores the sea, the rocks, the sailors, and the black-clad women in a small fishing village in Brittany. “One of the most beautiful documentaries in the history of French film, a true poem about Brittany and the sea," wrote Henri Langlois. Chris Marker and Koumiko met at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo where she guides him through the advertisements, crowds, and mannequins on the city's streets in The Koumiko Mystery (1965, 54min, 16mm). "A romantic vision which depends on maintaining mystery, on refusing to give rational explanations of people and cities, is one which denies the possibilities of objective truth...For Marker, truth is a subset of cinema." -- Harvard Crimson

Saturday, March 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. Penelope Uribe-Abee will show a new Super 8 film: “for about 30 years, my Uncle has swept floors, cleaned bathrooms, and taken out trash on different parts of the UCLA campus. As of now, he cleans the Art building—where I coincidentally study. I find it very comforting that my Uncle cleans the building I work in, and from 5pm-2am he sweeps up the dust that falls from my shoes, or takes care of the trash I left behind that day. He is like a sandman who comes at night, I am aware and grateful for his presence. To other students, custodians are invisible and my Uncle's hard work is unknown to them. It is important to me to document his experience at UCLA before he leaves. Rick Bahto will show excerpts from his new work Concert, an hour-long Super 8 film made up of small performances in his bedroom using materials at hand. Kate Brown will show a series of short Super 8 and 16mm films used as part of A One Woman Nutcracker, a collaborative performance host by Machine Project on Valentine’s Day this year. Also showing, Micah Lexier's This One, That One, which premiered as part of a survey exhibition of his work at the Power Plant in Toronto. The work explores the concepts of collecting and ordering seen that ran throughout the exhibition, , using a collection of found materials.

Thursday, March 27 – LA AIR: MIKO REVEREZA – 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. Miko Revereza was born in Manila and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since relocating to LA in 2010 he's worked primarily on music videos and live video art installations for LA's experimental music scene. His personal films explore identity and Americanization of the Filipino immigrant. DROGA! is a Super 8 tourist film about the LA landscape through the lens of Filipino immigrants. The film closely examines cultural identity by documenting the intersections of American pop culture and Filipino traditions. AYUS! is a video art piece shot on VHS. The images are screen tests of family members, canned foods and soda from the Philippines. “Ayus!" is a slang phrase in Tagalog which means "Sounds like a good plan!" Free event! 

Filmmaker Robert Schaller shows recent short 16mm pinhole films along with other works, including his new film Mailfor film and live cello. Schaller’s films present a re-envisioning of the world in which sight is filtered through the kind of rhythmic structures that more often characterize music, and the human tendency to reduce the seen to a name is frustrated by the fleetingness and ephemerality of images which instead defy easy grasp. He strives to create deeply personal and embodied visions of the physical world—of landscape and dance in particular—grounding the physicality of subject in an embrace of the materiality of celluloid itself. Celluloid film presents a wonderful mixture of the wholly immaterial image entirely produced by a wholly physical process. In this admixture Schaller finds a potent analogy to the human condition which his film work embraces: on the one hand, he pre-plans films down to the frame on paper and visualizes rhythms using a computer, but then builds cameras out of boxes and tape and strips of metal, makes his own emulsions and film stocks, processes everything by hand in buckets, edits on a light table, shoots with only a metronome and the slow-motion movement of his body as means to control to exposure, framing, and timing. Through this rootedness in the messy reality of process and presence he finds a path towards the sublime, towards a way to create and share at least a fragmentary view of the irreducible splendor of existence.



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.