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 Nesanet Abegaze, Nevin Kallepalli, Adee Roberson and Carmina Escobar as our 2018 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.



We will be announcing the 2018 LA AIR residents at our 16th birthday marathon event on Saturday, December 9!

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 2018. 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. LA AIR projects will be compiled and released as a limited edition set each year.

EPFC’s LA AIR program is open to emerging and established artists of all ages and backgrounds who are living in the Los Angeles area, who are not currently enrolled in a degree program. Applications are due no later than 5 PM on Wednesday, November 15. Each application must include a brief description of the proposed project to be started and completed during the residency period, along with any workshops or community engagement ideas, on a single page saved as a PDF file. We also require links to view past work online, complete works are much preferred over excerpts. Additional information such as CVs, resumes, bios, etc are helpful if you have them. Artists chosen for the LA AIR program will be announced to the public at our December 9th New Works Salon Marathon event!

Please send applications to with LA AIR 2018: ATTENTION LISA MARR in the subject line. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

The 2017 LA AIR artists are:

Alan Nakagawa (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,

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.

2017 LA AIR Artists:
Alan Nakagawa
Gelare Khoshgozaran
Alima Jennings
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 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

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.