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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, June 2 – FIREWALL OF SOUND – 8PM
The Internet has saved the music industry. The Internet has destroyed the music industry. Both of these statements are picked apart in this award-winning documentary, featuring members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, and many more. FILMMAKER DEVIN DiMATTIA IN ATTENDANCE!

Sunday, June 5 – LA FILMFORUM PRESENTS SHARING SOME SHARITS: CLASSIC FILMS BY PAUL SHARITS – 7:30PM
Paul Sharits was one of the most important figures of the American avant-garde in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Trained as a painter, he worked in a variety of arts, and left us with numerous superb films.  He visited Filmforum a couple of times, and we had a tribute show to him in 1997, but Los Angeles is long overdue for another program of his work.  Here’s a chance to see a few of his classic “structuralist” films and more, in living 16mm!  Including Ray Gun Virus (1966), T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968), N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968), Axiomatic Granularity (1973), Piece Mandala/End War (1966). More info: http://www.lafilmforum.org Admission $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members. Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177963

Wednesday, June 8 – MY DINNER WITH GENERATION X – 8PM
Direct from Canada, join filmmaker Brian Stockton for the LA premiere of My Dinner with Generation X! My Dinner with Generation X is a road-movie documentary that mixes candid interviews with nostalgic childhood re-creations of the 1970s, and vintage slacker footage from the 1980s. Noted Canadian Gen Xers like Don McKellar, Mark Kingwell and Mina Shum are featured interviews, as well as demographics experts David Foot and Neil Howe. Part comedy, part memoir, part whining and complaining, My Dinner with Generation X is a unique experience that goes where no documentary film has ever gone: into the depths of Generation X. FILMMAKER BRIAN STOCKTON IN ATTENDANCE!

MEXICALI / IMPERIAL VALLEY SHOWCASE THURSDAY JUNE 9TH AND SATURDAY JUNE 11TH
Bordertown artists and filmmakers will invade Echo Park Film Center to display a collection of contemporary art & audiovisual work not confined to either region, rather embracing an array of creativity as diverse as Los Angeles itself. Individual event descriptions below.

Thursday, June 9 – EL FIELD – 8PM
The Mexicali / Imperial Valley Showcase commences with a screening of acclaimed documentary El Field at Echo Park Film Center, bear witness to a fascinating experience as an observation of the Southern California agricultural way of life visually unfolds before you.

Saturday, June 11 – MEXICALI BOOK N’ MOVIE AT THE ANALOG ANNEX – 6PM
To continue the Mexicali / Imperial Valley Showcase EPFC’s Analog Annex will host a multidisciplinary convergence of artistic expression as artists incite the Annex’s walls with the region’s firebrand, unbridled work. Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center will be unveiling their 2-disc DVD chronicling 4 years of artistic endeavor in the border-adjacent Pueblo Nuevo community. Visual provocateurs Rata de Gallo will be on hand to assault the spectator’s senses with their extraordinary brand of media discourse. Garage-rockers Los Sweepers round out the festivities with their raucously stylized homage to the Latino teen punk groups of the ‘60s rock n roll scene.  

Sunday, June 12 –  LA FILMFORUM PRESENTS WORKS BY ANNE McGUIRE (AND OTHERS) – 7:30PM
Filmforum first screened a film of Bay Area artist Anne McGuire with When I Was a Monster in 1997, when its multifaceted investigation of the feminine image, performance, and personal trauma resonated with its lack of shame, succinctness and humor.  Her video pieces continue to grow in depth, marvels of brief artistic statements working with wit, media savvy, unabashed performances, and brilliant comments on modern society. We’re delighted to host her tonight, finally, for a full retrospective of her short works. She’s adding a couple of classic films by others that have had influence on her to round out the evening. Her videos have screened at MOMA in New York, The Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, and numerous festivals, museums, and art galleries around the world.  She makes works on paper, writes poems and songs, and performs as Freddy McGuire with electronic musician Wobbly, live and on the radio. Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/178674 More info at http://www.lafilmforum.org FILMMAKER ANNE McGUIRE IN ATTENDANCE!

Thursday, June 16 – GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES OF RUSSELL HARNDEN – 8PM
Once again film collector Russell Harnden returns with another unique screening of GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES.  He will share with us more of those wonderful educational and industrial films from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s for an evening that’s sure to stimulate your mind and make you laugh at the same time.  These campy and nostalgic reminders of a simpler time will include topics such as venereal disease being kept at bay (“FIGHT SYPHILIS”), two hapless drivers battling it out in a game of road rage without cars (“STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN”), plus you’ll learn how to talk with your body and not with your mouth (“THE FUNCTION OF GESTURES”).  Drawn from his personal collection of over 2,800 films, Russell will present a sampling of many more great titles as well.  We all remember falling asleep in the classroom when we should have been watching and taking these films VERY seriously, so be sure to join us and see them again or for the first time! CURATOR RUSS HARNDEN IN ATTENDANCE!

Saturday, June 18 – THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION – 8PM
Experimental animator Helen Hill found more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an elderly seamstress who had recently passed away. Come celebrate the last film by Helen Hill, completed by Paul Gailiunas with sound by Fausto Caceres. PAUL GAILIUNAS IN ATTENDANCE!

Sunday, June 19 – ORIGAMI VINYL PRESENTS: REACH OF RESONANCE – 7:30PM
Echo Park filmmaker Steve Elkins' award-winning feature documentary "The Reach Of Resonance" is a meditation on the meaning of music, which juxtaposes the creative paths of four musicians who use music to cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them. Among them are Miya Masaoka, using music to interact with insects and plants; Jon Rose, utilizing a violin bow to turn fences into musical instruments in conflict zones ranging from the Australian outback to Palestine; John Luther Adams translating the geophysical phenomena of Alaska into music; and Bob Ostertag, who explores global socio-political issues through processes as diverse as transcribing a riot into a string quartet, and creating live cinema with garbage.  By contrasting the creative paths of these artists, and an unexpected connection between them by the world renowned Kronos Quartet, the film explores music not as a form of entertainment, career, or even self-expression, but as a tool to develop more deeply meaningful relationships with people and the complexities of the world they live in.  
Although the film is currently on an international tour with stops at the Louvre, Tate Modern, and National Gallery in Washington DC, Elkins wants to share the film with his neighborhood through this community screening, which was organized in collaboration with Origami Vinyl, who will host an exhibition of artwork inspired by the film, opening a couple hours before this screening.  At least fifteen local and international artists will contribute visual interpretations of the film and its themes, especially the ways in which music affects brains, bodies and culture.  Origami Vinyl is just around the corner, so guests can walk from the exhibition’s 5pm opening party to the screening.  FILMMAKER STEVE ELKINS IN ATTENDANCE!

Monday, June 20 – ABSTRACT FILM AS TOTAL THEATER: A LECTURE ON THE FILMS OF LASZLO MOHOLY-NAGY BY VOLKER STRAEBEL - 8PM
László Mohly-Nagy’s Licht-Raum-Modulator (Lichtrequesit) of 1930 is a slowly rotating kinetic sculpture that is meant to be exposed to a light beam to reflect light and to cast shadows. Sculpture, movement, space, and light become inseparable in a work of art that seems to be performative in essence: without being set in motion and without being floodlighted, the sculpture is reduced to an object to look at rather than being the center-piece of a kinetic environment. For his film Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiß-Grau (1930), Moholy-Nagy shot the Lichtrequesit in action and created a play of abstract movements, often processed in ways specific to the medium into which he translated the sculpture: superimpositions, negative exposures, etc. The film that appears as an art work in its own right is actually a media-specific performance of the Lichtrequesit.
The performative aspects of both the Lichtrequesit and the Lichtspiel are analyzed in the light of Mohly-Nagy’s concept of Total Theater, as expressed in the Bauhaus-Book on theater of 1925. Here, theater is understood as multi-dimensional, inter-medial environment and/or action where all elements, including sound recording and film, are necessarily performative.
The lecture is based on research conducted in archives in Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, and Frankfurt/Main.
Volker Straebel (1969) is a Berlin based musicologist, focusing on electro-acoustic music and media art, the European and American avant-garde, intermedia, performance and sound art. He is co-director of the Electronic Music Studio at Techniche Universität Berlin.

Thursday, June 23 – FILMS FROM FOUR MOUNTAIN RANGES BY MARCY SAUDE – 8PM
A program of recent experimental documentary shorts investigating marginal histories embedded in the landscape. Fragmented tales of outlaws, back-to-the-landers, farmers, and most of all- mountains. Former gold rush boom towns; serial killers in Santa Cruz, California; Anabaptist folk medicine as performance art; anarchists and Comanche re-enactors; a rural festival of antique farming technology; quiet looks at counterculture architecture; lots of mountain-gazing in the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristos, Southern Appalachia and the California Redwoods; and attempts to push against the edges of non-fiction form. Total running time: approx 70min. FILMMAKER MARCY SAUDE IN ATTENDANCE!

Friday, June 24 – FILM JOURNEYS: TEZA (ETHIOPIA) – 8PM
Ethiopian-born Haile Gerima studied filmmaking at UCLA, becoming a core member of the vaunted L.A. Rebellion that cut across the grain of Blaxploitation to re-envision what it meant to be black and American in the 1970s. Since then, he has remained a steadfastly independent filmmaker and teacher.  Teza (2008) is a major accomplishment, a film that explores the colliding worlds of an educated doctor who returns to his Ethiopian homeland but finds it in dire political turmoil. 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!

Saturday, June 25 – WE HATE EVERYTHING INCLUDING THIS SERIES: THE SCREAMERS – 8PM
Punk rock film night continues! Come join us groovy ghoulies for a night dedicated to one of Los Angeles' most influential and short-lived punk bands, The Screamers. The Screamers, active in the 1970's, were part of an early LA punk scene that shaped the minds of many; including punk super stars like Darby Crash (whom you’ll see as Bobby Pyn). Rare live footage and the feature film POPULATION ONE will be shown, so come on over and rage with us at EPFC!!!! You never know, maybe a Screamer or two will show up?

 

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, June 3 – FILMMOBILE: WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD – 8PM
A young actress pays the price of Hollywood success in this biting behind-the-scenes satire of the movie business from producer David O. Selznick and director George Cukor. This powerful story was the inspiration for A STAR IS BORN and all its remakes. Introduction by Chris Nichol.

Friday, June 10 – FILMMOBILE: HITO HATA – 8PM
This poignant drama chronicles the contributions and hardships of Japanese Americans from the turn of the century to the late seventies. Veteran actor/director Mako leads a veteran cast of Asian/Pacific American actors and actresses including Pat Morita, Sachiko and the East-West Players in this first feature film made by and about Asian Americans.

Friday, June 17 – FILMMOBILE: MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON – 8PM
Made by Maya Deren with her husband, cinematographer Alexander Hammid, Meshes of the Afternoon established the independent avant-garde movement in film in the United States, which is known as the New American Cinema. Making new and startling use of such standard cinematic devices as montage editing and matte shots, the film directly inspired early works by Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, and other major experimental filmmakers.

Friday, June 24 – FILMMOBILE: COLLEGE – 8PM
Buster Keaton goes back to school and stages a hilarious send-up of university life in COLLEGE. Live musical score by Corey Fogel.

 

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

Saturday, June 18 – 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

EPFC IN RESIDENCY AT THE LEVI'S FILM WORKSHOP AT MOCA
From now until August 7th, ALL EPFC classes at MOCA Geffen are FREE!! Every Sunday from 11AM-1PM. June 5 - Home Movies, June 12 - Super 8mm. For more info, class schedules and to reserve a spot in one of the classes go to: http://workshops.levi.com

 

EPFC WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF JULY FOR OUR ANNUAL SUMMER VACATION!

THE FILMMOBILE WILL BE ON A NATIONAL TOUR IN JULY SO LOOK OUT FOR THE BLUE BUS IN A CITY NEAR YOU! FOLLOW US AT http://www.filmmobile.org AND @EPFCFILMMOBILE ON TWITTER!

 

 

 

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