LA AIR invites local artists to utilize EPFC resources in creating and premiering new, experimental, documentary, and personal work over a two-month period. Artists in residence also engage with the greater EPFC community via screenings, workshops and other events.


We are delighted to welcome Troyese Robinson,Darol Kae, Arshia Haq andAndre Keichian as our 2019 LA AIR artists.


Nesanet Abegaze is an entrepreneur, educator, and lover of the arts. Nesanet recognized the power of the moving image in high school when she saw Imperfect Journey, a documentary by legendary filmmaker Haile Gerima that changed her life trajectory. When Nesanet was an educator, she infused art and film into her curriculum and sponsored various programs to expose her students to independent films, and help them discover their inherent ability to tell their own stories.  Currently, Nesanet’s work as the owner of Azla, a plant based Ethiopian restaurant in South Central Los Angeles, allows her to combine her passion for food, community, and filmmaking into her daily life.  Nesanet has planned and collaborated with various community members to provide extensive arts programming at Azla since it’s inception in 2013.  These events include various film screenings, an independent filmmaking class taught by Haile Gerima, and a 16mm filmmaking workshop for youth with the Echo Park Film Center.Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 3.21.37 PM



Nevin Kallepalli is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.









Adee Roberson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1981. Her work weaves sonic and familial archives with landscape, technicolor, rhythm, form, and spirit. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues including, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Charlie James Gallery, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, and Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. She is based Los Angeles, California.



Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a performer, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body, and their interrelations to physical, social, memory and present spaces. She has extensively explored the capacities of her voice developing a wide range of vocal techniques that she applies not only to her CARMINA ESCOBAR metamorfosisperformance and creative practice but also to investigate radical ideas and concepts regarding the voice. In her artwork the Voice is the phenomenon and conceptual trigger that links all the materials, analogue or digital, in order to create an experience that sets in motion the audience perception. Currently holder of the National Fund for the Culture and Arts Emerging Creator award in the Multimedia category in México, she has been awarded USArtist International Award 2010 with the Estamos Ensemble Project, and 2014 NFA Master Artist Grant, among others. She has presented her own work in diverse festivals, biennials, experimental venues, formal concert halls and living rooms of the Mexican Republic, the USA, and Europe. Currently she facilitates the experimental voice workshop at CalArts.








2018 LA AIR Artists:
Nesanet Abegaze
Nevin Kallepalli
Adee Roberson
Carmina Escobar

2017 LA AIR Artists:
Alan Nakagawa
Gelare Khoshgozaran
Alima Lee
Carly Short

2016 LA AIR Artists:
Caitlin Díaz
Edgar Momplaisir
David Fonseca
Jazmin Garcia

2015 LA AIR Artists:
Anna Luisa Petrisko
Jennifer Saparzadeh
Ariel Teal
Kate Dollenmayer

2014 LA AIR Artists:
Andrea Márquez
Miko Revereza
Chloe Reyes
Haruko Tanaka
John Wiese
Alee Peoples
Amy Lee Ketchum
Sandra de la Loza
Marco Braunschweiler
Andrew Kim

2013 LA AIR Artists:
Huckleberry Lain
Kate Brown
Sharmaine Starks
Madison Brookshire
Erich Burci
Mariah Garnett & Eve Fowler
Gina Napolitan & Beaux Gest Mingus
Kelsey Brain

2012 LA AIR Artists:
Ursula Brookbank & Christine Alicino
Margie Schnibbe
John Palmer
Tuni Chatterji
Nancy Jean Tucker
Will O’Loughlen
Joep Brouwer & Maurice de Bruijne
Pablo Valencia

2011 LA AIR Artists:
Kate Lain
Rick Bahto
Cosmo Segurson

EPFC Summer Artist In Residence Program

This four-week residency is an opportunity for an emerging or established filmmaker to explore our urban Los Angeles neighborhood, utilize EPFC’s equipment and services to facilitate a short film project, and share creative vision, experience and knowledge with the Echo Park community.

Our 2018 Summer Artists in Residence are Urizen Freaza and Teresa Martin!

Urizen Freaza was born in Tenerife in 1982 and is since 2010 based in Berlin. He’s a self-taught photographer and film-maker. Self-taught meaning that this is a path he’s still walking, while hoping there is always more path to walk. He’s a member of the Film Shooters Collective and part of the team behind the analogueNOW festival in Berlin.

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Past Summer Artists In Residence:
2017 – Kaori Oda
2015 – Meg Rorison  
2013 – Karel Doing
2011 – Merv Espina
2010 – Joff Winterhart
2009 – Elena Pardo
2008 – Dagie Brundert
2007 – Derek O’Connor & Maeve Sweeney
2006 – Heather Harkins
2005 – Roger Beebe

Echo Luna

Echo Luna, a satellite project site of Echo Park Film Center established in 2007, is located in the small, traditional village of Legedzine, Ukraine. Artists in Residence are invited based on compelling past and current work that explores the intersection of art and environment.