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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).

Saturday, April 30 – PINHOLE AND THE CHEMISTRY OF FILM LECTURE & SCREENING – 5 PM
Navigating the space between science and art, Tristan Duke presents creative research into optics and photochemistry: treating the history of the pinhole as a tool for human understanding of light; introducing simple camera construction; and describing the sub-atomic journey of the film process (from silver halide, to latent image, to finished film). The lecture will be accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations. Followed by a screening of Ziggurat. After an ominous dream, the filmmaker and his teacher depart for the San Luis Valley in search of the Ziggurat –a journey that will lead each to confront their own mortality. Shot in the course of two days on 16mm film, using a homemade pinhole camera, the film is a metaphysical documentary that explores the desolate spiritual landscape of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. FREE! EVERYONE WELCOME!

Wednesday, May 4 – CINEMA SPEAKEASY: THE LOST CHILDREN – 7:45 PM
Cinema Speakeasy is chuffed to present a special workshop screening of Mark Harris’ brand new feature:The Lost Children‘. This film is so hot off the griddle, it’s still sizzling. The Lost Children tells the story of young socialite Evelyn Hamilton who is seduced by Chance Sturges, leader of a cult called The Lost Children. Sturges believes the group is “devoted to spiritual advancement through meditation and other spiritual exercises.” Members of the group also believe they are extraterrestrials stranded on Earth for thousands of years. The film follows what happens to Hamilton after a man named Jared Allen Tyler is hired by her father to “deprogram” her and pull her away from the group. Doors at 7:30, Movie starts at 7:45 We will be conducting a workshop session after the film. FILMMAKER MARK HARRIS IN ATTENDANCE!

Thursday, May 5 – LESSONS OF THE BLOOD– 8 PM
"History is complicted. Nations are complicated. The political is complicated. Suffering is not." Focusing on the history and victims of Japanese biological warfare, Lessons of the Blood is a mediation on propaganda, hisotrical revisionism, and the legacy of World War II in China. Lessons highlights how nationalism and the United States have influenced the Sino-Japanese history conflict, and how governments, ideology, and propaganda affect the reception and perception of "historical truth." FILMMAKER JAMES T. HONG IN ATTENDANCE!

Friday, May 6 – THE WOODEN LIGHTBOX: A SECRET ART OF SEEING – 8 PM
Canadian Artist Alex Mackenzie is on tour to present this exploration and reconfiguration of cinematic apparatus and emulsion. Using the early development of cinema as a marker for cultural, technological and economic change, these film cycles draw from turn of the century cinematic prototypes and long forgotten ideas surrounding the moving image and its early promise. At the core of this approach is the use of a homebuilt hand-cranked projector in an expanded cinema format to present a striking array of handmade and processed emulsion. The vast potential of the film frame is drawn out through imagery both archaic and contemporary in shape and form. Hypnosis, panorama, motion studies, expectation, magic, the dreamworld and sleight of eye conspire in this intimate and immersive framework. FILMMAKER ALEX MacKENZIE IN ATTENDANCE! (see below for Sunday May 8th handmade emulsion workshop with filmmaker)

Saturday, May 7 – BLAZE FOLEY: DUCT TAPE MESSIAH – 7:30 PM
Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah is a documentary about the doomed poet whose life was a country song. Born in a tree house, killed in a friend’s living room and 86’d from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide Texas legend. His heartfelt, funny and political songs are covered by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Joe Nichols and in concert by the Kings of Leon. This new documentary from Austin, 12 years in the making, offers the intimate portrait of an artist who struggled for recognition and died defending an elderly friend. DIRECTOR KEVIN TRIPLETT IN ATTENDANCE!

Monday, May 9 – FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE – 7:30 PM
After a six-month hiatus 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, May 12 – BILL BRAND: PERCEPTIVE FRAME – 8 PM
Echo Park Film Center welcomes pioneering hand-made filmmaker Bill Brand to present his newest films and a sampling of his work from the past 40 years. Brand's films, videos and installations continually redefine the cinematic frame.  They push the boundaries of perception literally changing the way we see.   The films range widely in form and subject from monuments of minimalist purity to experiments in post-modern excess. In this program he will take us inside MASSTRANSISCOPE, his NYC subway zoetrope to reveal its 1980 inception and its recent restoration after 20 years in the dark.  He will screen his classic 16mm structural film RATE OF CHANGE (1972), a study in pure color; SPLIT DECISION (1979), a wildly complex and playful tour de force of optical printing and early computer technology; SUSIE'S GHOST (2011), a mysterious poetic vision of loss, and his most current work-in-progress shot in Montevideo, Uruguay. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

Saturday, May 14 – GRASS ROOTS ACOUSTICA: A MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR EPFC  - 7 PM
A few years ago a nice guy called us and said, “Hey there, I am a musician and I like what you do! Every Month I get together with some friends and we throw a benefit for a non-profit in LA and we want to sing and get you money”. Well it worked. And sing they did. They have invited us back for a second round on May 14th to sing once again to raise money. The event is free and all proceeds go to the Echo Park Film Center. And this time – EPFC's very own The Here & Now will perform! It takes place at THE TALKING STICK LOUNGE, 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA. ALL MONEY RAISED GOES TO EPFC YOUTH FILM PROGRAMS! http://www.grassrootsacoustica.org/

Sunday, May 15 – FILM JOURNEYS: A WEEK ALONE – 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.
In recent years, Argentina has provided one of the world's most adventurous cinemas. Filmmakers such as Lucrecia Martel,  Lisandro Alonso, and Martin Rejtman continue to receive accolades, but a relative newcomer, Celina Murga, is equally gifted at capturing her country's social tensions. Her second film, A Week Alone (2008), follows the spontaneous day-to-day activities of a group of idle children and teenagers in a gated community. Murga brilliantly manages the ensemble drama as it gradually reveals sobering and unintended consequences. 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.

Thursday, May 19 – PXL THIS 20 – 8 PM
PXL THIS 20, the 20th annual toy camera film festival featuring Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder screens in our hallowed cinematic halls. PXL THIS, the second oldest film festival in LA, celebrates visionary moving image artists from 4-years-olds to professionals. FESTIVAL FOUNDER GERRY FIALKA AND FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! More Info: http://www.laughtears.com/PXL-THIS-20.html

Friday, May 20 – NANCY JEAN TUCKER PRESENTS NEW EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION – 8 PM
Come join us for a night of dreams, adventure and mayhem by watching the newest stop-motion creations from our Adult Animation Class. Nine brave and eager students will premiere their cinematic creations with the world: Al Herrmann, Liz Hogan, Sinqua Walls, Michelle Luna, Sarah McGrail, Steve Abee, Alyssa Diaz, and Colleen McGuinness, PLUS a program of animated shorts from some amazing artists including Joel Fox, Amy Lockhart, Jed McGowan, Christine Adolph, Cosmo Segurson, and more. Curated by Nancy Jean Tucker. FREE! Bring some food or drinks to share! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!

Sunday, May 22 – ORIGINS YOUTH CLASS SCREENING AT THE ANALOG ANNEX – 6:30 PM
Over the past 12 weeks, neighborhood youth have been immersing themselves in the native history of Los Angeles – learning the pre-Spanish roots of our land, the plants that once grew here, the people who lived here and the tales that were told. Students ventured into the natural spirit of the land and looked for ways of telling stories of individual and collective connection to the land. Along the way they examined the changes in Los Angeles’ landscape, its people, and its Origin stories.  Come and behold as the EPFC Spring 2011 Youth Class presents a night of expanded cinema including films, performance and installation! 6:30 – Potluck Dinner: please bring food to share! 7:30 – Introductions and Multi-Media Gallery Tour FREE! EVERYONE WELCOME! CALL OR EMAIL FOR ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS.

Tuesday, May 24 – 2ND ANNUAL WOMEN’S FILM INSTITUTE SHORTS TOUR – 8PM
We invite you to be entertained, inspired, motivated! Out of 300 inspiring entries, 8 short films are selected to be premiered. The diverse selection of shorts at the tour celebrates the exceptional contributions of women in the world of cinema with a cross-section of socially-conscious films from around the world (India, Mexico, UK, USA, Canada). These films are a catalyst for connecting communities and fostering discussion through the power of independent filmmaking. The films serve as a quilt of stories meant to invoke and inspire audience-goers long after they leave the screening. Filmmakers Terrie Samundra and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle will also be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. Admission: $5 Echo Park Film Center Members/Advance Online Sale, $8.00 General/Advance, $10 Door. Get tickets fast while they last! All you have to do is visit the website and click on the Brown Paper Tickets link, and enter code: echo park film center. To purchase tickets, watch trailer and get information about the line-up visit: http://womensfilminstitute.com/wfi-shorts-tour

Wednesday, May 25 – CINEMA SPEAKEASY PRESENTS: THE WRITER – 7:45 PM
Cinema Speakeasy is excited to present a sneak peek of independent artist Anthony Ferraro's The Writer. The Writer wanders the streets in a search for belonging and a chance to get his work published. All the while he is fast losing his grip on reality. A chance encounter with a woman while he wanders the streets homeless gives him hope for a better outcome in his life. It will take all his concentration and effort not to blow it. Ultimately the story sheds light on the difficult balance between following ones passion in all things and the harsh realities of day to day living that most of us take for granted. Doors at 7:30, Movie starts at 7:45 Anthony Ferarro, Eric Michael Kochmer and Stephanie Sanditz will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A More info: http://thewritermovie.com

Thursday, May 26 – PBS POV: MY PERESTROIKA – 8 PM
My Perestroika is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev’s reforms and the confusion of the USSR’s dissolution, to searching for their places in today’s Moscow. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother, entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the challenges, dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Through first-person testimony, vérité footage and vintage home movies, this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on film. A co-production of Red Square Productions/Bungalow Town Productions and ITVS International in association with American Documentary | POV. http://www.pbs.org/pov/myperestroika

Friday, May 27 – TG FILM FEST PRESENTS EROTIC SHORTS CURATED BY MOMMY FIERCEST – 8 PM
Join us for “Naughty Bits” a night of sultry and sexy films from trans porn stars and filmmakers. Featuring works by Morty Diamond, Meliza Bañales, Mandy Mitchell, and many more.  From BDSM and Kink to “Doing It Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project”, these mouthwatering films are sure to get you all worked up! Bring a date, or leave with one, on this titillating night of succulent and subversive films. $15 Tickets - includes two drinks (delicious non-alcoholic beverages available). 18 and over only! Get your presale tickets early! This night is sure to sell out! More info and ticket pre-sales: http://www.tgfilmfest.com 

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

Sunday, May 8 – HANDMADE EMULSION: CREATING BLACK AND WHITE FILM STOCK FROM SCRATCH WITH VISTING ARTIST ALEX MACKENZIE -- NOON – 5 PM
 
The alchemical nature and serendipity of the handmade image are explored in this immersive how-to of hand-brewed emulsion. In this workshop a simple, raw, and extremely low ISO black and white film stock suitable for contact printing will be created, using three key ingredients in the production of a silver based emulsion: gelatin, potassium bromide, and silver nitrate. A basic chemistry lesson will be provided to introduce the essential make-up of film emulsion, followed by a discussion of technique including a contextual screening of examples, and the creation of the emulsion in a darkroom. The mixture is then literally painted on to clear transparent acetate, followed by contact printing a filmstrip onto the raw stock, hand processing, and assessing the results. The workshop is aimed at both experienced practitioners and beginners, and includes all film stock, chemistry, and supplies. It is also recommended that you bring small objects of 16mm width or less for photogramming onto the filmstrips and/or film strips. No prior experience is necessary. $75/$60 members

Monday, May 30 – EPFC & MACHINE PROJECT YEARLY RUMMAGE SALE BONANZA!!! 9AM – 4PM
Join us for our yearly Rummage Sale Blow-out! Computers, Cameras, DVDs, Super 8mm, 16mm, big, small, funky and everything in between. Super Cheap. Everything must go (well not everything)….

 

 

 

 

 

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