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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.

ECHO PARK FILM CENTER THANKS THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS
AND SCIENCES FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE EPFC THURSDAY NIGHT MICROCINEMA SERIES AND THE FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES. http://www.oscars.org


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, March 3 – INTERNATIONAL SEX WORKERS RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATION – 8 PM
This year marks the tenth anniversary of celebrating March 3rd as International Sex Workers Rights Day. The Los Angeles chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-LA) is bringing you a night of fun, film, and fabulosity to celebrate the growing movement for sex workers rights. We’ll kick it off with a sex toy fashion show and short film compilation. Our models will strut down the aisle with their favorite sex toys, working to dispel the myth that sex and pleasure should be considered dirty or shameful. We will screen short films made by sex workers and other SWOP chapters about the importance of sex worker rights locally in LA and globally. These films will inspire laughter, rage, hope, and an important conversation about sex workers in every community that happens all too rarely. Come enjoy the fight to champion sex workers rights as human rights! More info: http://swoplosangeles.wordpress.com

Saturday, March 5 – STUPID QUESTIONS: A SHORT FILM BY JESSIE KAHNWEILER – 7:30 and 8:30 PM
Stupid Questions is the story of Lucy, a feisty, young casting assistant trying to make it -- even though she’s not quiet sure what “it” is.  Terrified she’s on the fast track to becoming her single and bitter boss, Lucy decides to hold an open -- and phony -- casting call to find her dream guy. Surprisingly, Lucy actually falls for one of the studs from the audition and things become tricky. Is he genuinely interested in her or just using Lucy to advance his career? Will Lucy prove that you really can have it all? Staring hot tickets Zelda Williams and Ryan Carnes, Stupid Questions offers a unique perspective on what it's like to be young, vibrant, and broke in a city that can either crush or nourish your dreams. Two screenings! 7:30 and 8:30 PM! FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

Sunday, March 6 – LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM PRESENTS HART OF LONDON – 7:30 PM
Filmforum is delighted to present the rarely-screened masterpiece Hart of London (1970, 16mm, color, sound, 79 min) by Canadian artist Jack Chambers. Perception is a sensory communication that occurs at a primary level between organisms; through the skin to the core and back through the skin again into the exterior world. Hart of London is that kind of film. “A landmark in Canadian avant-garde film, Jack Chambers’ magnum opus works and reworks the 1954 trapping and killing of a deer in downtown London, Ontario, until it comes to seem a grand metaphor for the destructive cost of civilization. The methodology recalls Brakhage, Bruce Conner, and Vertov—the film has a powerful brooding quality all its own.” – Jim Hoberman, Village Voice Full details at www.lafilmforum.org  Contact: lafilmforum@yahoo.com.

Thursday, March 10 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
Our quarterly 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!

Friday, March 11 – THE UNION OF PROGRESSIVE IRANIANS PRESENTS TO SHOOT AN ELEPHANT – 7:30 PM
George Orwell defined a way of witnessing Asia that still remains valid. To Shoot An Elephant is an eyewitness account from Gaza Strip. December 27th, 2008, Operation Cast Lead. 21 days shooting elephants. This documentary shows urgent, insomniac, dirty, shuddering images from the only group of foreigners who decided and managed to stay embedded inside Gaza Strip ambulances, with Palestinian civilians. More info: http://toshootanelephant.com/

Saturday, March 12 – FILM JOURNEYS: MILLENNIUM MAMBO (TAIWAN) – 8 PM
A new monthly screening series and cine club highlighting emerging trends in contemporary world cinema, the film will be followed by open discussions that will consider the techniques and strategies used in each film. This month's film is Millennium Mambo by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Set indoors and bathed in an unearthly neon blue, the film envisions Taiwan's youth as being trapped in this world of immediate gratification yet unable to exert any kind of personal restraint. "Looking at the youthful friends around me, I find that their cycle and rhythm of 'birth, age, illness and death' are moving several times faster than those of my generation. This is particularly true of young girls: like flowers, they are fading almost immediately upon blooming. The process occurs in an instant. I do not remember who said this: 'Of so many leaves drifting everywhere in the sky above us, there is but one leaf which comes to an eternal halt at the very moment of being, watching persistently by us with understanding and sympathy'. With this image in mind I hope to shoot a movie of the story of this youthful girl." - Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Thursday, March 17 – ISLAND FEVER PRESENTS HURRICANE MOTIONS – 8 PM
A collection of animated short films by young Puerto Rican artists, the screening will feature the works of stop motion animators and visual artists, Jose Quique Rivera and Daniela Swamp. Also screening will be short films from Y no Había Luz, an independent theater company from Puerto Rico that incorporates puppet making, masks, and other objects as forms of animation. Stop motion animators in the house! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE

Sunday, March 20 – LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM PRESENTS COMPOSITE HISTORIES: THE FILMS OF CATHY LEE CRANE – 7:30 PM
Filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane visits from Ithaca NY with the first North American survey of her work. The four films span a decade of the filmmaker’s preoccupation with telling lyrical stories in dialogue with their European predecessors. More than mere adaptations, these films combine both staged and archival material, which simultaneously provoke and elide the friction between present and past. A self-avowed formalist, Crane’s conceptual concerns, rooted in the non-linear nature of history, are explored through the dynamic system of the frame and the cut. Through shooting on locations rife with historical, literary, or biographical valence, narrative density collides with the film’s own simple goals of telling one woman’s story. Full details at www.lafilmforum.org  Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com. FILMMAKER CATHY LEE CRANE IN ATTENDANCE!

Monday, March 21 – FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE – 8 PM
Join us for the latest crop of local indies hosted by Filmmakers Alliance and get inspired to greenlight yourself! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! FREE! More info: www.filmmakersalliance.org

Thursday, March 24 – CINEMA INDIGENE PRESENTS: WATERBUSTER – 8 PM
EPFC presents the first film in a new screening series of contemporary Native cinema. In Waterbuster, old memories surface when the filmmaker, J. Carlos Peinado (Mandan/Hidatsa), revisits the upper Missouri River basin in North Dakota where his ancestors once lived. There he investigates the impact of the massive Garrison Dam project, constructed in the 1950s by the Army Corps of Engineers, which laid waste to a self-sufficient American Indian community, submerging 156,000 acres of fertile land, and ultimately displacing his family and the other people of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Discussion to follow screening.

Friday, March 25 – WE HATE EVERYTHING INCLUDING THIS FILM SERIES – 8 PM
Disco sucks, punk rock is stupid, and nihilism is cool. A series showcasing a punk rock past that was never supposed to last.  Some classics, some trash, all provocative. Begins with Blitzkrieg Bop (1978) a 50-minute music doc shot on early video cameras, and projected for you on a rare 16mm film print. Plus Red Italy (1979) Eric Mitchell's Super 8 film starring Jennifer Miro (of the SF punk band The NUNS) projected on video, plus never before seen 1975 footage from an unfinished Tish and Snooky film long before they were the Manic Panic hair color moguls.

Saturday, March 26 – THE STREETWISE CYCLE – 7:30 PM
The Streetwise Cycle is a multimedia fiction project by L.A. author Bronwyn Mauldin. It's a series of nine interconnected stories – each exactly 999 words long - offering a view of Los Angeles as seen by the people who sleep on its streets. The Streetwise Cycle is also a collection of photos, a podcast, a  "prezi" and a website. Please join us on March 26 as we celebrate its first print edition with original music, performance and art inspired by the stories. More info: http://www.StreetwiseCycle.com

Thursday, March 31 – THE SOUND WE SEE: A LOS ANGELES CITY SYMPOHNY DVD RELEASE PARTY! – 8 PM
Please join us for the premiere of The Sound We See, the Fall 2010 EPFC Youth Filmmaking Project DVD. Three dozen students between the ages of 12 and 19 embarked on an epic 12-week adventure, creating a 24-hour portrait of Los Angeles on black and white 16mm film. The result is an exquisite cinematic symphony with live musical accompaniment that harkens back to the beginnings of film’s avant-garde tradition and shows the City of Angels in a whole new light. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! DELICIOUS TREATS! FREE! EVERYONE WELCOME! DVDS FOR SALE (EACH STUDENT GETS ONE FREE)!

ECHO PARK FILM CENTER THANKS THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE EPFC THURSDAY NIGHT MICROCINEMA SERIES. http://www.oscars.org/

 

MARCH CLASSES
Make a movie this year at EPFC!

Saturday, March 19 – 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

Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27 – BOLEX 16MM 3-D WORKSHOP – 1 – 5 PM
Learn about stereoscopic 3-D, and shoot your own 16mm 3-D film using Bolex cameras and vintage 3-D lenses from 1953. Class will include a history of 3-D cinema, camera operation, 3-D shooting techniques, hand processing, and 3-D projection. Limited to 14 students; tuition is $100/$80 members. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC and the LA 3-D Club. Instructor: Eric Kurland

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