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.
The 2020 LA AIR residency program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
2020 LA AIR RESIDENCY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW CLOSED! Check back here at the end of summer for information about our 2021 residencies.
LA AIR invites local artists to utilize EPFC resources in creating and premiering new, experimental, documentary, and personal work over a two-month period in 2020. We especially encourage applications from artists interested in engaging with EPFC’s areas of specialty: small gauge film, progressive politics & community activism, alternative and handmade photochemical processes, local histories, multidisciplinary work, and expanded cinema. Additionally, we encourage artists to engage with the greater EPFC community during the course of their residency. Previous artists-in-residence have included public workshops, curatorial programs, multi-media collaborations and class visits as part of their residency.
Artists are provided with a modest materials stipend in addition to equipment access, technical and creative support, and work/exhibition space at EPFC’s 900 square foot storefront in the Alvarado Arts Building at the corner of Alvarado and Sunset.
LA AIR artists will present their completed work at a free public screening in the EPFC microcinema on the last Thursday of their residency cycle. Upon completion, LA AIR projects will be featured on EPFC’s website and Vimeo page.
2019 LA AIR RESIDENTS
We are delighted to welcome Troyese Robinson, Darol Kae, Arshia Haq and Andre Keichian as our 2019 LA AIR artists.
Troyese Robinson (February/March) is a video artist interested in abasement, shame, and alternative forms of embodiment. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Darol Olu Kae (April/May) is a filmmaker, curator, and creative researcher from and based in Los Angeles whose artistic and curatorial practice is concerned with the reverberations of collective memory, time, mythology and history through a critical and contemporary practice that blurs the line between poetics and politics, imagination and reality. He currently co-curates Black Radical Imagination with Jheanelle Brown. Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of visual shorts co-founded by Erin Christovale and Amir George that highlights new voices and stories within the African diaspora. Additionally, he serves as program coordinator for The Underground Museum’s Future Filmmakers Program at Dorsey High School in South Central and operates as both curriculum developer and teaching artist at Centennial High School in Compton, where he helped to create an after-school film program.
Arshia Fatima Haq (July/August) works across various mediums, including film, visual art, performance and sound and is currently exploring themes of embodiment and mysticism particularly within the Islamic Sufi context. She is the founder of Discostan, a collaborative decolonial project working with cultural production from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Narrative threads include migration, celebration, warfare, nostalgia, homeland, and borders, often within realms of Islamic influence, through lenses of traditional forms and kaleidoscopic reinventions of pop culture. Haq’s work has been featured at the Broad Museum, Toronto International Film Festival, MOMA New York, Hammer Museum, LAX Art, UC Irvine’s Global Visions Program, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Pacific Film Archive, and she was selected as a cultural programmer for the Los Angeles Islam Arts Initiative. She is a recipient of the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship and the AIR New Voices Scholarship. Currently, she hosts and produces monthly radio shows on Dublab and NTS featuring contemporary, traditional, and nostalgic music from across the SWANA region, and she recently released an album of Sufi field recordings from Pakistan on the Sublime Frequencies label.
Andre Keichian (September/October) works across photography, video and sculptural installation. Their intra-disciplinary practice explores the boundaries of presence and absence, realism and abstraction, proximity and distance, and tangible and the ephemeral. Always interwoven with their personal history as a queer, transgender Argentine-American, they are interested in making work that addresses the complexities and contingencies of what we call identity, as their own is difficult to define. They currently live and work in Los Angeles.
PAST LA AIR RESIDENTS
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.
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, 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.