Paolo Davanzo, Founder/Executive Director
Paolo Davanzo was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States with his family at age 7. Paolo started EPFC in honor of his parents, social justice activists who passed away early in his life. An Associate Professor in the Film & Video Department of College of the Canyons, Paolo holds a BA Degree in Visual Arts & Political Science from UC San Diego and a Masters Degree in Film from Humboldt State University. He is the founder and programmer of the Human Rights Film Festival, the EPFC Youth Film Festival and the Polyester Prince Road Show.
Ken Fountain, Founder/Technical Director
Ken Fountain has been involved in the repair of analog and digital motion picture equipment for over a decade, with clients such as the Academy of Motion Pictures, USC, Kodak, and many others. As a cinema engineer for USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has overseen the George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg complex, the Norris Cinema Theater, Walt Disney Screening Room, the Warner Brothers Screening Room and many additional theater complexes. Ken is a theater technician for 35/70, 16mm, super 8, and many obscure film and sound equipment. He has overseen one of the largest motion picture technology archives in the US, as well as maintains 2k and 4k 2d and 3d digital projection. Ken is a member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) as well as AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivist). With a background in film telecine, Ken has transferred many miles of small format film for some of the largest celeberties in the world, and has supported many high profile cinema events.
Lisa Marr, Operations Director/Youth Film Coordinator
Lisa joined the EPFC family in 2003, soon after making her first Super 8 film. An award-winning filmmaker, writer and musician, Lisa’s work has been performed and exhibited throughout the world. She is Project Documentarian for artist Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio.
Rick Bahto: Operations Manager, Youth and Adult Film Instructor, Projectionist
Rick Bahto is an artist working primarily with 8 mm film, photography, sound, and performance. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Janis Crystal Lipzin, Charles Boone, Ernie Gehr, George Kuchar, Kerry Laitala and others. He has had a solo show of his film and performance work at Millennium Film Workshop in New York, and has also exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Francisco Cinematheque, Cinefamily / Los Angeles Filmforum, Monday Evening Concerts, the wulf., and other microcinemas, festivals, universities, museums, galleries, and alternative spaces.
Dino Everett: Film Archivist/Librarian
Dino is an award-winning musician and writer and a professional archivist at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He has a BA in Critical Studies from USC and is currently finishing up an MA at UCLA. Known as the punk archivist, his material has been used by The Avengers, CRIME, FEAR, Dead Boys, Sex Pistols, VH1 and many others. His research interests involve silent cinema and the preservation of film on film culture, especially with discarded formats such as 9.5mm.
Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain: Youth and Adult Film Instructor
Eve LaFountain is an award winning filmmaker and photographer from Santa Fe, New Mexico. After completing the ABC Disney Institute of American Indian Arts Summer Film Workshop in 2008, Eve was sponsored by NBC Universal to move to Los Angeles and participate in their year long Page Program. She worked on the Tonight Shows with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, as well as a publicity assistant at USA Network and Focus Features. While in college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Eve was the head facilitator of a non-profit youth media arts program called Video Vanguards. Eve's film work has been screened at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, the Smithsonian Museum in New York, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Film Festival. She holds a BA Degree in experimental film, photography and Native American studies from Hampshire College.
Kate Lane: Curator of EPFC's Marvelous Movie Mondays
Kate makes films and all sorts of other things. She has an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University. She is very interested in interrogating the cultural divisions separating science from art, human from nature, feminine from masculine, product from process, theory from praxis. Kate also makes and eats delicious ice cream, loves stop-motion animation, and curates Marvelous Movie Mondays on EPFC's Facebook page.
Shauna McGarry: Youth Film Instructor; Seniors Digital Film Instructor
Shauna McGarry attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film and Television with a Minor in Gender Studies. After graduation, Shauna produced and directed the film of Company XIV's premiere dance piece, Menage de Sang Bleu. She also produced the stage performance of Miranda July's film, The Future, (AKA Things We Don't Understand and Definitely are Not Going to Talk About), and developed and curated a retrospective of July's Feminist video project, Joanie For Jackie, which showed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and then toured nationally, for which Shauna also directed a documentary about the project. Shauna's Vlog, "MoviesWithGrandmaJoy.com", in which she and her grandma gave reviews and reenacted key scenes from popular movies, was featured in several prominent publications including O Magazine, Makeshift, and Dazed. Currently, Shauna writes for the FX television comedy, Anger Management. Other television writing credits include 24 and South of Nowhere. Shauna teaches filmmaking classes to teens and senior citizens at Echo Park Film Center where she is a Senior Staff Member.
Inodelle Carla Orendorff: Youth Film Instructor
Carla Orendorff is a student, media artist and activist who is passionate about using film and media to promote cross-cultural understanding throughout Los Angeles. An alumna of the Echo Park Film Center Youth Program, she became an EPFC Youth Program instructor and Youth Film Fest curator in 2008 and continues to learn about film by working with youth through collaboration and education.
Alee Peoples: Youth Film Instructor, Projectionist, Staff
Alee Peoples hails from the Midwest and now resides in Los Angeles. She maintains a varied artistic practice that involves public installations with screen-printing, sewing and performance. Small format film is another hands-on medium in her work that relates to how we understand language in a linear format. Rolling dice and making mix tapes are also favorite pastimes.
Sharmaine Starks: Outreach Coordinator
A San Diego, California, native and the first in her family to graduate from college, she received her BFA in Film/TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, one of her jobs was as an Executive Assistant to two on air personalities working directly with companies such as BET, MTV and Entertainment Tonight. Experiencing the inner workings of the Entertainment Industry reaffirmed her passion to pursue independent filmmaking. Currently, she is studying at UCLA Extension in their (Writing/Directing) Certificate programs and working on her first feature length Documentary. Her goals as a filmmaker are to create relevant character driven stories about the inner city, which empower, provoke thought, and inspire.
Penelope Uribe-Abee: Student intern / documentarian
Penelopee Uribe-Abee likes making films and photos. She also likes to cook, go to shows, and play the drums. Sometimes she writes, most of the time she sleeps and chills with her cat.
Matthew Weathers: Youth Film Instructor, Projectionist
An alumnus of the Echo Park Film Center Youth Program and winner of the 2007 Bresee Foundation Youth Film Festival for Social Justice, Matt has been teaching EPFC youth classes since 2007. Matt is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.