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 2017 LA AIR artists are:
Alan Nakaguwa (February/March)
Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound. Based in Los Angeles CA, Nakagawa is the Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and in 2016 completed a mini artist residency at the Getty Villa, Malibu CA. He is working on a large-scale sound-based work titled TRIAD, utilizing multi-point audio field recordings of the interiors of the Hiroshima Atomic Dome (Hiroshima, Japan), Wendover Hangar (Utah), Watts Towers (Los Angeles), Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) and with support from the California Institute of Technology, five Southern California earthquakes. In 2015, he completed a residency at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where he researched the history of the hearing aid. Nakagawa has a unique background as co-founder of Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2011), a pioneering arts collective in public engagement/ inter-ethnic collaborative art projects as well as a two and a half decade career as the Senior Public Arts Officer for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has curated the six-year program, Ear Meal Webcast, documenting the Los Angeles experimental music and sound arts community. Nakagawa received training in oral history production at the University of California, Los Angeles. He incorporates this technique when working with communities and institutions.
Gelare Khoshgozaran (April/May)
Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working across the mediums of installation, performance and writing. She received her undergraduate degree in Photography from the University of Arts, Tehran, and her MFA from the University of Southern California. Gelare is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. She is the co-founder and editor of the 2016 Arts Writers Grant Awarded blog, contemptorary.org.
Alima Jennings (June/July)
Alima Jennings is an art director, filmmaker & designer based in Los Angeles. She explores different facets of art through the production of the music videos she shoots, directs and edits. Alima releases many of her projects through a music label she cofounded, Akashik Records and a magazine created last year called 1994. Her goal is to create more platforms to help other POC artists and use film to explore herself and her work as a multi cultural African American woman who’s stories are often overlooked.
Carly Short (November/December)
Carly Short is a filmmaker and artist living and working in Los Angeles California. Her work meshes personal and collective histories through the exploration of portraiture and cultural landscape. She has recently taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. In 2016 she received a WAVE award for her work as a Teaching Artist and was recognized in 2016 by the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Education for her service to the community. Carly received her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 2013 and her BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art in 2007. Her films have screened nationally and internationally and have been included in Dance on Camera Film Festival New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema, Images Festival, the Boston Independent Film Festival, and the Belvedere 21 Film Archive in Vienna. She has recently shown a showcase of her work at the MassArt film society.
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 2017 Summer Artist in Residence is Kaori Oda!
Born in Osaka (Japan), 1987. After graduating from Kansai Gaidai Junior College, ODA started filmmaking at Hollins University (US), where she completed the film course in 2011. Her first short film “Thus A Noise Speaks” was presented at festivals such as Tokyo International LGBT Film festival, IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, and Nara International Film Festival where it received the Audience Award. She lived in Sarajevo for three years from 2013 and completed the Doctor of Liberal Arts in filmmaking under the supervision of Bela Tarr in 2016. Her first feature, ARAGANE, had its World Premiere at YAMAGATA International Film Festival 2015 and received Special Mention. The film is currently on tour at festivals around such as Doclisboa, Mar del Plata IFF, Sarajevo FF, Taiwan International Documentary FF and more. She is a recipient of Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists of Pola Art Foundation.
Kaori Oda’s residency is generously supported by The Japan Foundation.
Past Summer Artists In Residence:
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.