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[September 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.

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, September 5 – 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. WE ENCOURAGE A $5 DONATION FROM EVERYONE (Including Filmmakers).

Saturday, September 7 – HUGE RUMMAGE SALE (11AM – 5PM)
It’s time for the EPFC Annual Rummage Sale and we have ton of stuff that is lonely and sad and needs a new home. Support your community film center while treating yourself to a new toy. Great deals on all kinds of analog and digital equipment and cinema-related goodies. Something for everyone!!!! Doors open at 11AM. No early birds, please.

Friday, September 13 – ASSORTED MORSELS (2012) – 8 PM A suite of short films, including Injury on a Theme, Elixir, and Three Minute Hells.
Saturday, September 14 – FALLING LESSONS (1992) – 8 PM All the eye contact you can stand. “A healing film…. All the people in the film seem naked.” –Ornette Coleman.

Amy Halpern is a filmmaker and artist who works with light, camera and movement. She has been making abstract films since 1972, the same year she co-founded the Collective for Living Cinema in New York. In 1975, after moving to Los Angeles and beginning studies at UCLA, she co-founded the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis as an artist-run, non-profit, film exhibition series. In addition to her own films, she has worked as a gaffer and cinematographer on numerous projects, including films by Charles Burnett, Pat O’Neill, and David Lebrun, and has taught film and writing at many Southern California schools, including USC, Otis-Parsons Art Institute, Cal State LA, and Cal State Northridge.

Thursday, September 19 – GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVE – 8 PM
Film collector Russell Harnden is back with another screening of Gems from the Archives a film series devoted to obscure and outdated ephemeral films drawn from his personal collection of cartoons, educational, and industrial films. A sampling of these wonderful films from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s will be pulled from the vault and screened during an evening that’s sure to stimulate your mind and make you chuckle at the same time. Join us and watch as a devoted wife helps her husband keep his job in The Boss Comes to Dinner, an army of germ-fighting troops are deployed to fight the evil enemy of venereal disease in V.D. Attack Plan, and see what happens when basic forklift safety tips and common sense are ignored in The Color of Danger. There will be many more great titles as well. Taken VERY seriously when these films were made, today they now serve as campy, nostalgic reminders of a simpler time. So be sure to join us for a fun and “educational” evening!

Saturday, September 21 – NEW WORKS SALON – 8 PM
Ross Lipman will screen two recent works: Curva Peligrosa, part of his cycle of works on the nature of organic change The Perfect Heart of Flux, examines La Reparosa, a perilously stunning stretch of road between Tijuana and Mexacali. Though measures have been taken to increase safety it remains a major hazard, as attested to by the ruins of vehicles that lay beneath it. Dr. Bish Remedies, from Lipman’s “personal ethnography” series, is an informal visit with legendary filmmaker Bruce Baillie at his home on Camano Island in Washington State. Michele Jaquis, who will be screening three short videos, is a socially engaged artist and educator based in Los Angeles, where she is founding Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been presented at conferences, film and video festivals, galleries, museums, and alternative spaces across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Combining strategies of documentary research, social practice and performance art, Michele’s recent videos explore the complexities of language, identity and communication. And visiting from the Bay Area a special expanded cinema performance by Beige, the collaborative project of Vanessa O'Neill and Kent Long. “Working with 16mm projection and live sound, we endeavor to keep present our physical selves, as we slowly succumb to the screen’s dissociative veil.”

Thursday, September 26 – LA AIR: EVE FOWLER & MARIAH GARNETT – 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. The Girls! The Boys! The Girls! Come sneak a peak, in a voyeuristic evening of objectifying surfers. Excerpts from Eve Fowler & Mariah Garnett's new movie, Life Is Torture will be screened along side some of the films which inspired it—movies about, and sometimes by, surfers from the 1970's. Eve Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of Temple University and Yale University, she is co-founder of Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles. She has had a solo shows at Horton Gallery, New York; Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles; and Julie Saul Gallery, New York. Mariah Garnett is an experimental filmmaker and artist whose work seeks to occupy a space between convention and experimentation—or, rather, to experiment with convention. The boundaries of adaptation, documentary and fiction are continually being drawn and re-drawn in her work. Her work has been screened at the Venice Biennial, Rencontres Internationales, and Outfest, and included in a two person show at ltd los angeles as well as a solo show at Human Resources Gallery. Free event!

"The motion picture is an art, since it approaches more closely real life." That this quote comes from D.W. Griffith creates a paradox: he helped standardize many conventions of cinematic illusion, and yet he showed a dynamic receptivity to real life. What did he mean? This screening will feature a selection of short films made during Griffith's formative years at the Biograph Company including Fools of Fate (1909), Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (1909), A Corner in Wheat (1909), The Rose of Kentucky (1911), The Painted Lady (1912) and others. All films will be projected on 16mm.



FALL YOUTH WORKSHOP: FREE TIME AND SUNSHINE: A History of the Home Movie in Southern California
14 sessions, Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 pm, beginning September 11

Working with local film archivists, preservationists, and humanities experts, local youth between the ages of 12 and 19 will explore the history of the home movie as it pertains to life in mid-century Southern California and the perpetuation of the
American Dream. Instructors: Lisa Marr, Rick Bahto, Danny Louangxay, Chloe Reyes. 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. A one-hour mandatory orientation session for participating students and their parents/guardians will be held at Echo Park Film Center on September 10 @ 7:30 pm.

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.
Fall Session: 8 consecutive Saturdays, beginning in September 14, 10 AM - 12:30 PM 

Ages: 20+
Class Size: 6 Students
Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo
Fee: $250/$200 EPFC Members

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 size:
9 students
Instructor: Eve LaFountain
$75/$60 members

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