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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.


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).

Thursday, August 4 – OPEN SCREEN: WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION – 8PM
A special summer vacation edition of the Open Screen! 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, 8mm, 16mm. FILMMAKERS GET IN FREE!

Saturday, August 6 – GABRIEL PEREZ RETROSPECTIVE – 8PM
Gabriel Perez, one of the original EPFC students from 10 years ago, returns to these hallowed halls to present a retrospective of his films. Come see how he started as a young student at EPFC and grew into an exceptional filmmaker! FILMMAKER GABRIEL PEREZ IN ATTENDANCE!

Thursday, August 11 –BRAIN STORM: FILMS BY JOHN SALCEDO – 8PM
Brain Storm: Oxygen Under Pressure is a short documentary exploring the application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) dealing specifically with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on injured soldiers deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan. Brain Storm: ThunderBowl follows Tommy Tarlton as he races for Wounded Warriors at the Tulare Country Fairgrounds "Thunderbowl" Raceway on 30 April 2011 and the International Hyperbaric Medical Association announces updates on HR 396, the Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. FILMMAKER JOHN SALCEDO IN ATTENDANCE!

Saturday, August 13 – FILM JOURNEYS: HISTORIAS EXTRAORDINARIAS (ARGENTINA)– 5 PM
Film Journeys is a monthly screening series and cine club highlighting emerging storytellers in contemporary world cinema. The film will be followed by open discussions that will consider the implications of the film's content and form - all are welcome! "A mysterious and slippery object no matter which of its many angles you examine it from, Mariano Llinás’s Historias extraordinarias (“Extraordinary Stories”) seemed to arrive out of nowhere in 2009. This exceedingly strange bundle of nested narratives dared to introduce scores of characters and storylines (some rich tributaries, others dead ends), perspectives and locales (Mozambique-for-India, the Salado River) with an almost ceaseless stream of omniscient voiceovers. Despite the recklessly unconventional approach, the film more than delivers on the come-hither promise of its title, blending elements of existential detective fiction, romantic intrigue, and Monte Hellman–esque road movie in a propulsive worlds-within-worlds metaconstruct that makes one forget all about its shabby digital-video format and audacious 245-minute running time—not to mention the incredible fact that it was made for $50,000. Novelistic in scope and ambition, ample in its temporal folds and ironic reversals, Historias is nothing less than an attempt to reorder cinema’s priorities around the act of dramatic narration, to question the nature of fiction itself, drawing on the fables and storytelling traditions of yesteryear." - Damon Smith in Reverse Shot NOTE THE EARLY START TIME! SPECIAL 5PM 4HOUR MOVIE SPECIAL!

Monday, August 15 – FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE – 7:30PM
Our cinematic brothers and sisters are back for their monthly salon celebrating new and exciting contemporary narrative and documentary cinema coming out of Los Angeles. Always a night to remember! http://www.filmmakersalliance.org/

Thursday, August 18 – LET ME SING: THE STORY OF BOBBY BYRNE – 8PM
"Let Me Sing” offers a hilarious and intimate portrait of a 66-year-old singer, musician, joke-teller and pied piper, whose penchant for Broadway medleys, Irish drinking songs and vaudeville throwbacks keeps 30,000 fans packing the church halls, boardwalks and pubs of New Jersey. Working simply as “The Bobby Byrne Show” for over 30 years, his uncompromising dedication to his fans - and vice versa - reveal the significance of his work as an entertainer.
What emerges in this 55-minute documentary is an amusing and touching tale of musical passion and small-time fame. FILMMAKER ALISON BYRNE IN ATTENDANCE!

Saturday, August 20 – CUT + RUN FESTIVAL PRESENTS AUTONOMY OF PLACE – 8 PM
Traveling film festival, Cut + Run, hits the road again for their 3rd annual tour of experimental short films. This year C+R presents the work of American filmmakers from throughout the country each exploring the fringes of the Autonomy of Place. Each film uniquely investigates the capacities in which we recognize the politics and philosophies of the forgotten, overlooked, and sometimes untold landscapes of our time and place. This year's program, The Autonomy of Place, features the following work: Gathering by Robert Todd; How to Draw Clouds by Salise Hughes; SAVE by Roger Beebe; Irma by Charles Fairbanks; 5 Lessons and 9 Questions about Chinatown by Shelly Silver; Cusps by Sara Zia Ebrahimi; Passeggiata by Rick Bahto TRT 56 Mins More info at www.cutandruntour.com CURATORS AND FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!

Thursday, August 25 – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MERV ESPINA SCREENING – 8PM
Filipino Video Artist Merv Espina will be in residence at the Echo Park Film Center from August 9 - September 7 making work, teaching a FREE video workshop to neighborhood youth and presenting a night of contemporary Asian Cinema at the end of his stay. We are honored and excited to have Mr. Espina in Los Angeles to inspire a new generation of media makers and also share his deep knowledge and expertise with regards to world cinema. Come out to meet Merv, see what he’s produced during his stay here in LA, his past works and works of Asian cinema that have inspired him. FILMMAKER MERV ESPINA IN ATTENDANCE!

Saturday, August 27 – WE HATE EVERYTHING INCLUDING THIS FILM SERIES – 8PM
Join us for another night of rare punk rock films! Seriously, you’ll never have another chance to see what we’ll show you, it’s that underground.

Tuesday, August 30 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE AND MIKE KUCHAR: AN EPFC VIDEO SLEEPOVER – 8PM Come celebrate George & Mike Kuchar’s birthday with an all-night pot luck pajama party at the Echo Park Film Center. Works by George and Mike will be screened until the wee hours of the morning, with a midnight toast to honor their birthday (August 31). Come dressed to act as your favorite faded starlet, and bring some B-movie props, as impromptu videotaping is liable to occur throughout the evening. A highlight of the event will be a selection of rarely screened works made with students from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as the documentary The Smutty Professor, which chronicles the spring 2000 SFAI class AC/DC Psychotronic Teleplays as they make Planet of the Vamps. Former students are encouraged to bring their class’ project to screen!

FREE! But please bring some food / drink to share. It's going to be hot probably, so think cool & refreshing. If you're going to stay late, maybe bring a pillow or a sleeping bag? Though there will be plenty of coffee to keep you up all night.

3RD ANNUAL FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES

Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at (actual or implied) cinematic locations across the city. **Locations are announced the day before the show via twitter @EPFCFilmmobile (you can also call 213.484.8846 or email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org for directions)**

Friday, August 5 – RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP – 8PM
Hard to find 60’s classic directed by Arthur Dreifuss! Those “irresponsible” hippies are at it again, rebelling against The Pigs in this camp classic that comes across like a schizophrenic mixture of “Pysch-Out” and “Dragnet”.

Friday, August 12 – THE FILMS OF CHARLES AND RAY EAMES – 8PM
Charles and Ray Eames are among the finest American designers of the 20th Century. Although they are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture and industrial design and photographic arts, the husband and wife team were also prolific filmmakers. Come enjoy a sampling of some of their films that reflect the breadth and depth of their interests and the integrity of their vision.

Friday, August 19 – PIZZA PIZZA DADDY-O – 8PM
A 1967 film by Bob Eberlein and Bess Lomax Hawes that looks at continuity and change in girls' playground games at a Los Angeles school.

Friday, August 26 – ROBOT MONSTER – 8PM
The Robot Monster has been sent to Earth as the advance party of an impending invasion. Ordered by The Great One to capture several humans, the Robot Monster becomes confused once it learns more about humans.

 

CLASSES & SPECIAL EVENTS
Make your own movie this year at EPFC!

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE YOUTH CLASS
Merv Espina will be working with neighborhood youth to celebrate the surrealist strategy of "the exquisite corpse" through the creation of an urban audiovisual experience. Similar to the work Mr. Espina has been doing in Vietnam (Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City), the videos will be downloaded from the locations they were shot via iPhone, Android, GPS apps and/or a website/blog. Students will create a collective "site-specific cinematic experience," adding another layer of meaning and experience to particular parts of the neighborhood some might have otherwise overlooked. No experience is neccesary and students will receive all equipment and materials free-of-charge. (Free to youth 12 - 19 years of age - limited to 12 students)

Saturday, August 20 – INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO – 1 – 5PM
Calling all interested adults (ages 20+) looking to learn the beauty and grace of digital editing! All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 9 students; tuition is $60/$50 members.  Instructor: Will O’Loughlen

 

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SCREENING NIGHTS: THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS 8PM
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