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[November 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.

SCREENINGS
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, November 2 – SPOOKY CARTOONS AND ICE CREAM SANDWITCHES – 8 PM
Though it's 2 days after Halloween, we'll be keeping it kooky and very spooky at the Echo Park Film Center, with an evening of especially creepy cartoons. All dug up from the 16mm graveyard by our own Cosmo Segurson. He's betting that some of these odd and genuinely weird hand-drawn mini-masterpieces will delight, and/or give you nightmares. Ice Cream Sandwiches and Spooky Cartoons? Join us....if you dare!!!

Thursday, November 7 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
Our cinematic free-for-all 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, 16mm.

Saturday, November 9 – BRAKHAGE SUPER 8 FILMS 1976 – 8 PM
“The following films were all made in 1976. I do not wish to describe them.” …
“I want it understood that this 'summary' is written for identification purposes only and that it is not intended as a statement by the artist on his work. It is my belief that statements by the artist, particularly in print, aesthetically speaking, would better have been included in that work in the first place. If a film is a work of moving visual art, it is its own subject and subject only to itself. The extent to which a film can be described is the extent to which it is deficient as a work of visual art. If the 'summary of the subject' of a film can be interpreted as that which is intended to inspire perception in the viewer, rather than as that which attempts to describe the film for the viewer, then (the title) is my 'summary of the subject.” –Brakhage. Program, all works shown on 16mm: Window; Trio; Highs; Absence; The Dream, NYC, The Return, The Flower; Rembrandt, Etc., and Jane.

Thursday, November 14 – KILLING THE MESSENGER: THE DEADLY COST OF NEWS – 8 PM
Murder is the leading cause of work-related deaths for journalists as censorship increases worldwide. Journalists reporting from Mexico, Russia and the conflict zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria tell their personal stories of kidnapping, intimidation, and beatings. They’ve experienced the loss of colleagues in the field and have been close to death themselves. Their stories are heartfelt, captivating, engaging and at moments – shocking. If no story is worth a life, then why is murder the number one cause of journalists’ deaths worldwide? In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption. Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, features exclusive, first-hand accounts of journalists who have faced dire consequences in their pursuit of the news. Directors Tricia Todd & Eric Matthies in person! www.killinghtemessengerfilm.com

Saturday, November 16 – NEW WORKS SALON – 8 PM
Several local and visiting artists will present in-progress or recently completed works in an informal screening with brief introductions by the artists and time for discussion between each work. Silvia das Fadas will show Square Dance, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 (16mm, 9 min, color, sound). Jackson McCoy Astor Place (2013, 5 minutes, 16mm) a square in New York, Untitled (Chelsea Manning) (2012, 11 minutes, HD video) illustrating WikiLeaks, and/or Sugar Rushes (2013, 10 minutes, 16mm) a ten-minute study of the interaction between a shuttered sugar factory and film. Also, several new short films and videos by Kate Dollenmayer, Super 8mm photograms and an un-slit regular 8mm film by Chloe Reyes, plus an experimental documentary about the history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct made by students of A Free School, led by Cosmo Segurson, Lisa Marr, and Paolo Davanzo!

Thursday, November 21 – COSMIC ABSTRACTIONS FROM COURTNEY HOSKINS & FRED WORDEN – 8 PM
Filmmakers Courtney Hoskins and Fred Worden live on opposite sides of the country, are three decades apart in age, and have certainly never made a film together. But they do have a few things in common: they both know each other, they both lived in Colorado, they both knew Stan Brakhage, and (this is where the curator comes in) they both have a particular talent in exploring abstraction and perception, the macro- and microcosmic, and the deep small spaces and vast open areas which cinema is uniquely suited to expressing. Half of this program will feature 16mm films by Courtney Hoskins, and the other half will feature 16mm films and a video by Fred Worden. The evening overall will comprise work by two quite distinctive artists, each exploring an indefinable and visually rich cinematic space that dances between abstraction and figuration, perception and illusion, and with an exhilarating awareness of the large and small mysteries of the cosmos. Program: The Galilean Satellits: Europa (2003, 7.5 min), Io (2003, 12.5 min), Ganymede (2003, 4 min), Callisto (2003, 3 min); Ether Twist (2002, 10.5 min), Polymer (with Carl Fuermann, 2003, 30 sec) by Courtney Hoskins, all 16mm; The Or Cloud (2001, 16mm, 7 min), If Only (2003, 16mm, 7 min), Blue Pole(s) (2005, video, 20 min) by Fred Worden. Courtney Hoskins will be present for a Q&A with curator Mark Toscano following the screening.

Saturday, November 23 – HEARKENINGS PRESENTS D.W. GRIFFITH'S DREAM STREET– 8 PM
Whereas the power of the technical innovations on which Griffith's reputation largely rests has been diluted by a century of cinematic conventionalization, the depth of his emotions and the force of his vision of humanity has been preserved intact. He once declared, "A street might be recalled to us as a beautiful street. If our dreams of the people we met and knew and loved on that street are beautiful, then the street will be beautiful to us. It is the same with everything else. There is nothing in life but humanity." (Dream Street, directed by D.W. Griffith, 93 minutes, 16mm)

Saturday, November 30  – ALEX MACKENZIE – 8 PM
Vancouver-based Canadian film artist Alex MacKenzie returns to EPFC with a collection of recent projector performance works and a few new surprises! Working with analog equipment and hand-processed imagery, Alex creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and others. Logbook is a visual investigation and catalogue; traces of past life and moments passed, on a remote island mountain on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. Filmed with a 1923 Cine-Kodak Model A—the first hand-cranked 16mm camera produced by Kodak—and presented live on a 16mm analytic projector. Frames are slowed, frozen, reversed and reprised in a study and interplay of surface and subject, where fleeting images crackle, tear and fold in on themselves to invoke the very silver nitrate of which they are made. This Charming Couple is built from fragments of a water-damaged educational film, repurposed. Its original message of the risks of entering marriage without fully knowing your partner is visually abstracted, rendering a moral lesson into a shifting landscape of emulsion. Played in reverse, the couple in question slowly move apart, becoming less and less visible as the damage worsens at film's edge... Also on the bill will be recent experiments with found film materials and projector interference... not to be missed!

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UPCOMING CLASSES

Saturday, November 2 – TINTING & TONING WORKSHOP – 1 – 5 PM
Introduction to the basics of tinting and toning film material. EPFC will supply footage to experiment with, and we'll be using traditional chemical toners, commercial tinting packages, and home-brewed kitchen-ingredient tinting agents. Each student will create their own short film loop. No experience necessary! Class limited to 6 students. Fee: $50/$40 members. Instructors: Lisa Marr & Rick Bahto

Saturday, September 14 – INTRO 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

Saturday, November 16 – 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

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