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[October 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, October 5 – CINEMA / POETRY WITH JOHN CANNIZZARO – 8 PM
Playfully exploring the connection between cinema and poetry, John Cannizzaro returns to EPFC with an eclectic array of 16mm films, music, and poetry from the archives of Smokehouse Films. Combining works by Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, Margaret Atwood, Nick Cave, Eddie Vedder, Jean Cocteau, Norman McLaren, Charles and Ray Eames and many others, the program will delve into the myriad ways that cinema and poetry collide and/or overlap ... and hopefully even create a few new, live poems. The night includes multi-projected 16mm films, live music and poetry by Norwood Cheek and Andrea Richards, and the premiere of a brand new cine-poem by John Cannizzaro. The curator and refreshments will be present.

Thursday, October 10 – KEVIN RICE PRESENTS FRENKEL DEFECTS – 8 PM
Frenkel Defects is an intermittent, mobile film program focusing on works from among artist run film labs and collectives. This particular edition is comprised of works from the Process Reversal Collective as well as select films from L’Abominable (Paris), Cherry Kino (Leeds, UK), and The Handmade Film Institute (Boulder). Filmmakers include Andrew Busti, Sarah Biagini, Nicolas Rey, Kevin Rice, Taylor Dunne, Robert Schaller, and Martha Jurksaitis. Kevin Rice is a ‘film archivist’ whose practice focuses on the study of photochemical theories, the development of lab resources for filmmakers, and the documentation of various darkroom odysseys on motion picture film. He has worked with several artist-run film labs including no.w.here (London), L’Abominable (Paris), Klubvizija (Zagreb), and LaborBerlin (Berlin). In 2012 he helped found Process Reversal, a film collective dedicated to producing resources for filmmakers and film labs. His most recent work includes the engineering of a black and white reversal process based on the properties of seawater for an adaptation of Homer’s Epic Cycle. Curator and artist Kevin Rice in person!

Thursday, October 17 – DAVID RIMMER’S AL NEIL / A PORTRAIT – 8 PM
Mark Toscano presents a rare 16mm screening of Canadian experimental filmmaker David Rimmer’s riveting, unsurpassed portrait of an utterly unique musical and cultural genius, the avant-garde pianist and poet Al Neil. Al Neil / A Portrait is more than a documentary profile of a man engaged in a life and death struggle with his genius and his obsessions. And while the narrative thread is centered around pathos, the film represents a coming-to-terms with what these generalizations really mean ... The many personas of Al Neil: the private, intoxicated and poetic man; the public performer and musician; and the family outcast. Rimmer's integration of these levels is masterful.” (Al Razutis) Program will include other short films to be determined.

Saturday, October 19 – 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. Clay Dean will show Field Theory, a recently completed video, along with a rarely screened 16mm film Optic Glyph. The pairing of these pieces looks to explore ideas around the physicality of working with and perceiving these mediums. John Wiese will be showing several new pieces in-progress. Karen Adelman will show a pair of new videos selected from her exhibit La Bulla y Restos, the culmination of a yearlong project in Los Angeles and Colombia. Visiting from Bolivia, Diego Torres Peñaloza has been making films since 1974, first with Super 8, then 16 mm and later digital. In 2011 he decided to return to Super 8 with the film La Montaña Interior, which is a metaphor on the search for one’s own road in life. The main character is a man that decides to take a long walk toward the mountains that culminates with the ascent to a summit, while he remembers his activism as an artist and as an ecologist.

Thursday, October 24 – MADNESS AND MINDFULNESS: 4 FILMS BY KEN PAUL ROSENTHAL – 8 PM
The recent films of filmmaker/activist Ken Paul Rosenthal are provocative and beautiful works of conscious cinema that re-envision the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress and wellness in today's chaotic world. These transformative films weave personal and political narratives through natural and urban landscapes, home movies, and archival social hygiene films. Mad Dance: A Mental Health Film Trilogy, consisting of For Shadows (2013, 26 minutes), a contemplative, multi-layered memoir that unravels the tangled roots of self-harm while coming to terms with one's shadow; In Light In! (2013, 12 minutes) a haunting, visual essay about the awkward and angry junctures where our culture struggles to manage its emotional distress; and Crooked Beauty (2002, 30 minutes), the much-lauded poetic documentary on artist/activist Jacks McNamara and the foundation of the Icarus Project. Program also includes Rosenthal’s I My Bike (2002, 5 minutes), a cine-poetic work traces the conflict between urban space and the body. Ken Paul Rosenthal in person! www.maddancementalhealthfilmtrilogy.com

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HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
SPECIAL TWO DAY EVENT

Friday, October 25
7:00 – 7:30 – RECEPTION/WELCOME
7:30 – 9:00 – PROGRAM 1: GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields
Follow our ensemble of combat men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as they share their truth: Why they joined the military, how the war experienced changed them, what the daunting return to civilian life has been, how they struggled to find a positive pathway forward and ultimately, when they found organic farming and pasture-raised livestock to be an answer to a dream. Their stories are as inspiring as they are pragmatic as they find their next mission, food security for America.
9:00 – 11:00 – PROGRAM 2: DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY -  BETRAYAL
Los Angeles is home to the largest homeless veteran population in the U.S. Hundreds of acres of U.S. Veterans Affairs property in LA remain mostly dormant. This film explores the rising tensions between the veterans, the politicians, the wealthy neighbors and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Saturday, October 26
1:00 – 2:00 – PROGRAM 3
: THE SILENT CHAOS
Notwithstanding the international agreements that put an end to the bloody warfare lasted more than ten years, the DR Congo seems not to have found peace yet. The atrocities done, the greediness of foreign powers keep creating the premises for violence and weapons to rule the North Kivu region. In this environment of social turmoil the weakest are doomed to succumb first: this is the case of deaf people who live in the town of Butembo.
2:00 – 3:30 – PROGRAM 4: SHORTS
NIJUMAN NO BOREI (200000 phantoms) – A poignant look at history and remembrances in our lives, A FLICKER IN ETERNITY - The true WWII story of Stanley Hayami, a talented teenager caught between his dream of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. And other local shorts made by EPFC YOUTH dealing with issues of immigration, affordable housing & gentrification.
3:30 – 5:00 – PROGRAM 5: THE LOVING STORY
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could. They are paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice through an historic Supreme Court ruling, changing the country's story forever.
5:00 – 8:00  - COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE AND OUTDOOR SCREENING
GANG INJUNCTION RALLY & WORKSHOP
A Los Angeles County court granted a permanent injunction Thursday, September 26th against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. Everyone named in an injunction faces regular police stops, questioning, pat downs and arrests. This impacts how they are seen in the community – whether or not they are an “active gang member,” they gain a reputation for being dangerous. Cycling in and out of court and jail can be constant, and totally disrupts their sense of security and stability. Each conviction adds misdemeanors to a record, impacting a person’s ability to access or keep jobs, school or housing. Community members have organized an action to create dialogue around this issue. We will be setting up outdoors in Echo Park screening films under the stars that inspire, motivate and encourage you to make a change. TIME and LOCATION announced the day of the event. Please call or email for details.
8:00 – 10:00 – PROGRAM 6 (OUTDOOR EPFC Filmcicle Event): FREEDOM RIDERS
This film is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
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Thursday, October 31 – LA AIR: GINA NAPOLITAN & BEAUX MINGUS – 8 PM
LA AIR is a new artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Gina Napolitan & Beaux Mingus will collaborate on The Central Valley and Back Again, a live film performance, incorporating hand-processed 16mm film, found medium format slides, historic documents, cassette tapes, live sound, and a toy train. The project is centered on a collection of found slides depicting a train wreck in the Central Valley, and draws on disparate sources of historic and contemporary railroading material. Free event!

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UPCOMING CLASSES

Saturday, September 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 size: 6 students
Instructor: Will O’Loughlen
Fee: $60/$50 members

Saturday, October 12 – INTRO TO SUPER 8 FILMMAKING & HAND-PROCESSING – 12:30 – 5:30 PM
Using the classic home-movie camera, students will explore the history, application and tender sophistication of small format filmmaking. This one-day workshop includes basic camera operation, shooting techniques and hand-processing. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class is limited to 9 students;
Fee: $75/$60 members. Instructor: Rick Bahto

Saturday, October 19 – 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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