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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.

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 25 – LA AIR: AMY LEE KETCHUM – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Amy Lee Ketchum will present her project Dreaming Los Angeles which will use Italo Calvino’s story Invisible Cities as a point of inspiration to visualize the dream-like qualities of Los Angeles. The film mixes field recordings, hand-drawn animation, and Super 8 footage taken in locations around the city. Amy will also be screening a selection of her previous films as well as works by filmmakers who have informed her artistic practice including Sergei Eisenstein and Yuri Norstein. Free event!

Saturday, September 27 – NEW WORKS SALON – 8 PM
The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film and video, with local and visiting artists in-person to introduce their work. Thom Andersen will show his new work The Tony Longo Trilogy. Dana Berman Duff will show her new 16mm film, Catalogue, which has recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul. Luciano Piazza will show Windows by Night, which can be understood as a visual essay on the mass phenomenon of loneliness, or, alternatively, as no more than the life of neighbors moving through their natural urban habitat: apartments. It explores the cinematic qualities of the city’s windows, seeing them as small screens from which a performance, both intimate and public, is woven into a modular narrative. The protagonists of these images are acting under their own direction, possibly oblivious to the fact that there is another director recording them. Windows by Night was recorded in its entirety from windows found in Buenos Aires, New York, Caracas, Chicago, London and Rome. And in our store-front window, artist Reza Monahan will install his three-channel video work Swollen Birth Switch, of which Joseph Mattson, author of Eat The Sun writes, "The iris pops as the rear-end bleeds, the retina smokes the anadromous dream, but you just can't go back you can't go back you can't back: the vagina and the whipping are one-way tunnels when you're Switched at Birth, Swelling/Swollen Birth Switch become the itch forever unscratched and telling, sharp, bug light at birth if the light cuts right..." Laida Lertxundi will show her film Utskor: Either/Or, "In the town of Utskor in the region of Bø, northern Norway, we find memories of a political past intertwining with domestic, familial moments during the midnight sun." And in town from Lima, Juan Daniel F. Molero will show his video Imagenotfound.

Thursday, October 2 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
It’s our cinematic free-for-all, daring 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, QT, Super 8, 8mm, 16mm.

Saturday, October 4 – 16mm films by SHELLIE FLEMING / WILL HINDLE / ZACK STIGLICZ – 8 PM
Shellie Fleming (1954–2013) was an unsurpassed and inspirational teacher, mentor, and artist whose devoted former students include David Gatten, Amie Siegel, Jodie Mack, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Over thirty years, she also shared her life and a deep, interactive partnership with two other remarkable, singular artists: Chicago painter/filmmaker Zack Stiglicz (1952–2007) and Bay Area legend Will Hindle (1929–1987). In honor of Shellie and these two other artists for whom she was a glowing inspiration, this program will feature 16mm films by each of these extraordinary people, presented and introduced by Mark Toscano.

Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12 – EPFC’s 14th ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Please join us for the 14th EPFC Human Rights Film Festival, a stimulating cinematic weekend of contemporary global issues and local concerns. This year, we’re presenting an array of thoughtful and inspiring films, discussions and workshops. Some of the highlights include visiting Pakistani filmmaker, Nameera Ahmed, teaching a 2-day documentary filmmaking workshop and screening a series of her short films. Balka – Women, Drugs and HIV in Ukraine, a film detailing the lives of women struggling with drug use and HIV in Ukraine. Apartheid, Victor Torres’s (Argentina) powerful examination of South Africa on the 20th anniversary of the Fall of Apartheid as well as numerous other shorts, talks and discussions to following. All Events FREE however donations welcome. Check website for schedule.


Kicking off our monthly Latin docs series is this crowd-pleaser about an itinerant filmmaker, Daniel Burmeister, who travels through the most remote of villages in his native Argentina making films with the townspeople. Going from town to town in his rickety old jalopy, he asks only lodging and meals and, acting as director, script writer, producer, camera man, and editor turns out a fictional film starring the local inhabitants all in a month. A film about the power of filmmaking and community, this beautiful, poignant and sometimes very funny portrait of rogue DIY filmmaking at its greatest is close to the soul of EPFC. Series curator Kathryn Larom in attendance.

Thursday, October 16 – VINEGAR SYNDROME! – Selections from the EPFC Film Library – 8 PM
A monthly grab bag of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC's impressive 16mm library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center--the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films selected purely by title around a specific theme. We won't be previewing any films, so we'll be just as surprised as you guys... Casual viewing environment—feel free to laugh, talk, and comment on the movies as we screen them. We’ll watch as many films as we can cram into a 90 minute screening session.

Saturday, October 18 – WASH ALBUM RELEASE SHOW – 8 PM
Wash, the creative endeavor of Nick Flessa, Adria Bregani, Seth Blake and Michael Abitz celebrates the debut of their first album. Come enjoy a night of live music and films with LA's newest country-punk quartet.

Thursday, October 23 – FLORIAN CRAMER presents: A NIGHT WITH FILMWERKPLAATS – 8 PM
Filmwerkplaats is a Rotterdam based artist run workspace dedicated to motion picture film as an artistic, expressive medium. It is geared towards filmmakers, artists and art school students interested in film not purely as a storage medium for their ideas, visuals and soundtrack, but as a material that actively shapes and distorts these thoughts, images and sounds. Program curator, filmmaker and Filmwerkplaats member Florian Cramer in attendance.

Friday, October 24 – KELMAN DURAN’S TO THE NORTH PT. 1 – 8 PM
Kelman Duran will show To The North Pt.1(2014, 45:00, HD), a diary film shot at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. A family, a lawnmower, the weather, uranium, and some dogs. The filmmaker will also be reading a text to accompany the piece. Kelman Duran b. 1984, Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights. His videos have shown in different contexts in Berlin; Buenos Aires; Santiago, Chile; Los Angeles; New York; Ohio; the Viennale in Vienna; SPLIT Film Festival in Croatia; Zinebi in Bilbao, Spain; and the Sensory Ethnography Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was recently the resident curator at Otras Obras, an art space in Tijuana. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in film and video.

Saturday, October 25 – EPFC GUEST LECTURE SERIES – 8 PM
Join us for this new monthly series where we welcome someone we admire in the world of arts and entertainment to engage, inspire and enlighten. The evening will consist of our guest presenting work, talking about their craft and then addressing questions and comments from audience. Our October quest is a special surprise so check online closer to the date. Drinks and delicious snacks will be served. Special ticket price.

Thursday, October 30 – LA AIR: SANDRA DE LA LOZA – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Sandra de la Loza will produce a short video work tentatively titled To Oblivion!, which takes as a jumping off point an incident that occurred on June 19, 1955, when a banner reading “To Oblivion!” was placed on a red car as it rode its last ride before getting dismantled. The project will explore the concept of “movement” visually, conceptually and socially through an investigation of Los Angeles’ public transportation infrastructure in an attempt to understand how cities are built, the historical class and political interests embedded in urban development, and what gets obliterated, erased, and forgotten along the way. Free event!



CITY OF ANGELS – An EPFC Youth Workshop – 12 weeks: September – December 2014 (Limited Enrollment)
14 Sessions, Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30 pm, beginning September 17
Our ongoing city stories project is back! Every three years, the EPFC City of Angels youth workshop invites young filmmakers to share compelling tales of LA’s neighborhoods, families and histories through experimental and documentary formats and analog film techniques. The 2014 edition is sure to be the best one yet! Instructors: Eve LaFountain, Miko Revereza, Mike Stoltz, Penelope Uribe-Abee. 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 on September 16 @ 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 4 – ECO-PROCESSING FOR SUPER 8 FILM – 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Learn how to develop your own black and white Super 8 footage in buckets and Lomo tanks using eco-friendly ingredients such as coffee, beer, wine, cola, fruit, flowers, vitamin C, washing soda and hydrogen peroxide. All materials provided by the Echo Park Film Center. Instructors: Chloe Reyes & Lisa Marr Class Size: 9 participants. Tuition: $75/$60 EPFC Members

Sunday, October 5 – DIY VIEWMASTER WORKSHOP – 11 AM – 6 PM
Did you own a View-Master when you were a kid? Revisit the artistic and creative storytelling possibilities of this classic toy with an immersive one-day workshop. Learn the surprising history of stereoscopy and gain hands-on experience making your own 3D View-Master reels using a 16mm camera rig—it’s easier than you might think! All ages welcome, all materials provided. Bring your own View-Master if you have one! Instructors: Gina Napolitan, Beaux Mingus & Cosmo Segurson. Tuition: $100/$80 members.

Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12 – THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW with NAMEERA AHMED – 10 AM – 3 PM
Documentary Filmmmakers have always understood the importance of a good interview in creating and weaving the narrative of a story. The purpose of this workshop is to understand the role of an interview as an artistic element in the narrative structure of a documentary film. Participants will look at ways of approaching their subject, how to make their subjects feel easy in front of the camera, and how to get the natural performer within their subject to let go! Students will see the fundamentals of composition, framing the subject, and how to utilize available light in their subject’s environment, while looking at video elements in an interview recording. Participants will also see the importance of good audio in a video recording of an interview, exploring microphone patterns like Unidirectional, Omni-Directional and Bi-Directional, and various mics like lavalier mics and boom mics will be introduced. They will look at how to hide transmitters and mics, and how to work around the multi challenges when trying to record usable sound. Participants will apply this knowledge while shooting their own video interviews, and finally while editing their interviews in a cohesive manner. Instructor Nameera Ahmed is a Karachi-based filmmaker, visual artist, scuba diver, Digital Reviewer for Leonardo Reviews. She teaches at the Media Arts Programme at Karachi University. Tuition: $150 / $120 members.

6 consecutive Saturdays, beginning October 18, 10 AM – 12:30 PM. In this 6-session class, students will learn the fundamentals of Super 8 documentary filmmaking including storytelling, interview technique, Super 8 camera operation and film processing, sound recording, analog editing, and exhibition. 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. Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. Tuition: $250/$200 EPFC Members

This one-day class opens the door to the power and majesty of a beloved digital editing program. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Ages: 20+ Class Size: 6 Students Instructor: Will O'Loughlen Tuition: $60/$50 EPFC Members

Tuesday, October 21 – ANALOG VIDEO ART WORKSHOP – 7 PM – 11 PM
An open collaborative one-day workshop for video artists or anyone interested in creating video art with analog video machines. We will watch examples from the history of video art, then explore and experiment with these techniques and technology to create our own video pieces, including video feedback, keying and colorization, manipulation of found footage and the degradation of video images. Workshop participants will create one short video art piece by the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to bring found footage on VHS tapes and any decks or pieces of equipment they would like to contribute to our closed-circuit video system. Instructor: Miko Revereza Tuition: $60/$50 EPFC Members

A crash course in instant filmmaking featuring the most adorable digital camera ever: the Harinezumi! The Harinezumi fits in the palm of your hand and captures dreamy, Super 8-ish still and moving images. In five short hours, we’ll plan, shoot, edit and upload individual one-minute experimental/ documentary film using the surrounding neighborhood as a backdrop. Then, using Final Cut Pro 7, we’ll edit the films and immediately share them with the world! All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Instructors: Miko Revereza and Lisa Marr. Class size: 6 participants. Tuition: $75/$60 EPFC Members.

An introduction to Super 8 film mechanics using Nizo and Canon cameras. In this one-day workshop, students will learn basic camera operation and hand-processing technique. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Instructors: Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr Tuition: $75/$60 EPFC Members