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[April 2014]



Celebrate ten years of cinematic bliss with your friendly neighborhood microcinema! EPFC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Sell your TV and come to the cinema.

Come watch beautiful images dance upon a screen in your own neighborhood!
Shows begin promptly @ 8 PM and are $5 suggested donation (unless otherwise noted).

EPFC’s microcinema is supported in part by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Saturday, April 19 – THE PATTERN OF THE WORLD: Films by PAUL CLIPSON – 8 PM
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light subconscious visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. The evening's program will feature two rare 16mm films and a world premiere on Super 8mm: Untitled (2011) 16mm, color, 15 minutes, silent. A rare to screen meditative study of San Francisco streets, shadows and sunlight, starring musician Trevor Montgomery (Young Moon and The Drift). BRIGHT MIRROR (2013) Super 8mm, 9 min., color/B&W, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. A series of movements between a figure (Anya Kamenskaya), a landscape (the Marin Headlands), and a camera (Super 8mm), blur into something between dance and the gesture of drawing. Completed as part of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. LIGHT YEAR (2013) 45 min., 16mm, silent. Extended version of a commission for the San Francisco Exploratorium, as part of a Cinema Artist residency, this film-collage studies the water systems and architecture of the San Francisco waterfront, in abstract and formal contexts.  

Monday, April 21 – SMALL NEW FILMS – 8:30 PM
Presented by REDCAT, at 631 West 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Since 2002, the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC) has been an influential proponent of small-gauge film, particularly Super 8mm and 8mm. This survey of handmade films affirms the independent spirit of the EPFC community in an aesthetically eclectic range of works from personal diary films to cross-disciplinary collaborations, from documentary portraiture to hand-processed abstraction. Drawing on young experimenters from the center’s education and residency programs as well as artists commissioned to make brand-new films for EPFC’s 12-year anniversary, the program includes films by Rick Bahto, Ursula Brookbank, Kate Brown, Paul Clipson, Hayley Elliott, Marilyn Hernandez, Ellie Parker, John Porter, Chloe Reyes, Martine Syms, Penelope Uribe-Abee, and Pablo Valencia, all projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals. Tickets are $10 general audience or $8 students/REDCAT members.

Thursday, April 24 – LA AIR: CHLOE REYES – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Chloe Reyes is an alumnus of Echo Park Film Center youth program, her films have shown in festivals including $100 Fest and Toronto Film Festival. Her program for LA AIR will intertwine family stories and neighborhood places to re-contextualize a bicultural upbringing in the suburbs of North Hollywood. From a grandmother's reminiscence on old Hollywood to a father's reflection on his small hometown in Zacatecas, these short films will include experiments in hand-made emulsion and alterations in photochemical processes. Free event!

The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film and video, with local and visiting artists in-person to introduce their work. Kerry Laitala, cinema conjuror, will be in town from San Francisco and will screen a couple juicy new works including: Conjuror's Box and Velvet of Night—an Expanded Cinema work. The SF Weekly says of her: "The brilliant experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala is a conjurer, summoning vestigial image-remnants from ancient films and, applying her singular skills in divine manipulation, evoking the fantastical world of jagged dreams, faded realities, and shadowy fairy tales. Working with the endangered material of celluloid, she constructs handcrafted gems that explode with fantastical associations. The great contradiction embodied in her oeuvre is precisely what makes her such a singular, important artist: She devotes endless, painstaking hours to works for transient, temporal movie-going experiences.” Ross Meckfessel will be here in person to show his new Super 8 film Invocation of Uzi (2014), an abstracted portrait of actress Jojo Hill as she portrays five different characters in this behind-the-scenes documentary of Uzi’s Party: an experimental pagan teen drama by Lyra Hill. Zach Iannazzi will also be here in person to present two new 16mm films, including California Picture Book. Janis Crystal Lipzin will show her new De Luce 2: Architectura, in which light and photo-chemistry collide and conspire against different architectural backdrops, suspending and dissolving celluloid matter into a luminosity reminiscent of Mark Rothko's radiant field paintings. The original super-8mm film was shot in Paris, Norway, Toronto, Wyoming, Colorado, Chicago, Cincinnati, Napa Valley & southern and northern California between 1983 and 2012, and then painstakingly hand-processed. De Luce 2: Architectura is the second film in the artist's "De Luce" (On Light) series that was inspired by this medieval text: "In the beginning of time, light drew out matter, along with itself, into a mass as great as the fabric of the world. -- Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253). We’ll also be screening a brand new film commissioned by Echo Park Film Center in celebration of our twelve-year anniversary by Paul Clipson. This film-collage explores visual texture, contour and composition, through a layering of moving imagery that hopes to produce a kaleidoscope of associations. Movements of the camera, and movements within and around the frame, take their inspiration from the varied gestures of drawing, and dance and rhythm in music.

Thursday, May 1 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
Our cinematic free-for-all, daring you to share your film with the feisty EPFC audience. Any genre! Any style! New, old, work-in-progress! First come, first screened; one film per filmmaker; 10-minute maximum. DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, standard 8mm, 16mm.

Saturday, May 3 – BURNING BUNGALOWS – 8 PM
Burning Bungalows brought new and unseen experimental film from Los Angeles on the road last month, and after weeks on the road, the filmmakers are bringing the program back home. With a handmade mix of animation and live action on video, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm slides we’re covering all the bases for an eclectic hour and 20 minutes. The films tend toward an ethereal conjuring of spirits with a dystopian punk attitude. Program: Vulgarians 1, 2, 3 (2012, 16mm to digital)and Arietta (2014, 16mm)by Cosmo Segurson, Waxing and Milking (2014, Super 8) and Them Oracles (2012, 16mm) by Alee Peoples; He Hates to be Second (2008, digital) by Kelly Sears; Berm and Jup (2014, digital) by Abby Banks; Artio and Belenus (2014, digital) by Nancy Jean Tucker; The Temptation of St. Anthony (2012, Super 8 to digital) by John Cannizzaro; Untitled: Varanasi (2014 35mm stills to video) by Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo.

Thursday, May 8 – SELECTED 3 – 8 PM

Selected 3 is a new collection of artists’ film and video touring the US in April and May 2014, following a successful tour of the programme in the UK. Chosen by the artists shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2012, Selected brings together some of the best emerging film and video artists from the UK in a diverse programme of new artists’ moving image. Shortlisted artists for the 2012 Film London Jarman Award—Brad Butler & Karen Mirza; Aura Satz; Ben Rivers; Benedict Drew; James Richards; Shezad Dawood; Nathaniel Mellors; Matt Stokes; Marcus Coates and Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead—have selected work by up-and-coming, fresh filmmaking talent, to develop an invigorating new programme of work. Artists in the Selected 3 programme include: Emma Alonze, Sophie Beresford, Nicholas Brooks, Mat Fleming, Piotr Krzymowski, Naheed Raza, Frances Scott, Daniel Shanken, Cheryl Simmons and Edward Thomasson. Selected has been produced in partnership by videoclub and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), with the aim of showcasing and celebrating some of the most innovative emerging talent in artists' moving image. “It’s never easy to keep abreast of artists working in film, but here’s a great way in for those looking to explore.” (The Guardian)

Saturday, May 10 – JAMES NOEL’S OMADOX – 8 PM
Echo Park Film Center graduate James Noel presents the premiere of his second feature, the experimental mystery Omadox, filmed in glorious black and white. The Omadox Helium Corporation is facing a schism. Filmmaker Thomas Spoon, documenting the looming dissolution of the hallowed company, uncovers ever more baffling secrets and lies. Also, fish. The cast includes Edward Bolman, Jerry Sims, Cat Noel, John Fleck (True Blood, Weeds, Howard the Duck, Waterworld), 1960s child actor, and director of Radio Free Joshua Tree, Teddy Quinn (General Hospital, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken), Steve Moramarco (The Abe Lincoln Story), and Janet Housden (Redd Kross drummer, and star of Desperate Teenage Love Dolls). James wrote, directed, photographed, and edited the film, as well as executing the original paintings, and composing and performing the multitracked keyboard and saxophone score. Theme song by Buzzsaw and the Shavings. Official Facebook page: Trailer: The films of James Noel on Vimeo:

Influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Ed Pincus and Carolee Schneemann, Anne Charlotte Robertson (1949–2012) was a Boston area Super 8 filmmaker who examined and shared her life through her work—a mix of essay, performance and stop-motion animation. Anne completed her graduate degree at Massachusetts College of Art in the 1980s—honing her filmmaking skills under the tutelage of Saul Levine. Diagnosed with various and changing mental disorders, Anne faced several breakdowns and mental hospitals—experiences she documented and exorcised thoroughly through her films—particularly within the annals of Five Year Diary (1981–1997), a project spanning nearly two decades. Though relentlessly intense and emotional, her films are not entirely bleak, for her bracing self-awareness and humor energize and bring a rare effulgence to the depths of her darkest moments. Anne boldly exposed her most intimate and obsessive inner dialogues—from illness, breakdowns and longing for love to diets, cats and the minutia of existence.  She also considered the filmmaking experience therapeutic and cited the process as helping cure her depression. Anne died of cancer September 15, 2012 leaving behind an archive of a life passionately examined, primarily through the rough warmth of Super 8. Most of her work was created on Super 8 sound film featuring a soundtrack on the film, with additional audio on cassette and narrated live by Anne, creating many layers of sound and story. The original materials have been digitally transferred. Program: Reel 1: The Beginning, Thanksgiving; Reel 22: A Short Affair (and) Going Crazy (1982); Apologies (1983–1990); My Cat My Garden and 9/11 (2011).

Thursday, May 22 – PXL THIS 23 – 8 PM
PXL THIS celebrates its 23rd year of creative filmmaking by everyone from kids to professionals, and the 50th anniversary of the audio cassette. One of the most unique film festivals ever, PXL THIS has been attended by Oliver Stone, Daryl Hannah, Kim Fowley among many more. Pixelvision has even made it onto the big screen via Richard Linklater (Slacker), Michael Almereyda (Nadja, produced by David Lynch) and Craig Baldwin (Sonic Outlaws). The irresistible irony of the PXL 2000 is that the camera's ease-of-use and affordability, which entirely democratizes movie-making, has inspired the creation of some of the most visionary, avant and luminous film of our time. This edition of the festival features work by Ruby Qi Tondelli, Andy Bustin, L. M. Sabo, Clint Enns, Chester Burnett, Kalynn Campbell, Will Erokan, Marc Bascougnano, Rey Wolf, Joe Nucci, Marvin Choi, The Here & Now (Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr), Clifford Novey, Gerry Fialka, Bruce Atchison, Paul Orso, Shirley Vernales, Jonathan Menchin, Ralph Loynachan, Wrasslin’ Poodles, Joseph Weidinger, Denny Moynahan, Phil Marion, Doug Ing, Rex Butters & Paulie Dee, Tad Dery, Sunny War, Nick Newlin, Julien Mangogna, Chris Westhoff, Geoff Seelinger, and tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE. PXL THIS curator Gerry Fialka in person! “PXL THIS never fails to stimulate its audience into a churning state of passionate intellectual arousal, and while it's gained an international flair, at its core the festival is genuine California culture at its marvelous best.” –Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly.

Saturday, May 24 – NEW WORKS SALON: COMING HOME – 8 PM
The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film and video, with local and visiting artists in-person to introduce their work. This edition is a selection of recent autobiographical essay films about home curated by Eve LaFountain. The screening will include the Los Angeles premiere of her 30 minute 16mm film Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song. LaFountain's most ambitious film work to date maps her maternal grandmother Louise's move into a senior citizen building and traces the dismantling and inheritance of her life's collections. The tale transitions from great love stories in World War II, followed by the next generation involved in inter-racial marriage, then leading to the child of Jewish and Native American mixed heritage who walks a fine line blending cultures to establish her identity. As her mother says in the film, this is how the world is changing. Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song fluidly tells the story of one family’s transitions throughout the generations from the perspective of the women. This film will be shown along with recent works by other artists to be announced on 16mm about family, homecomings and reminisces.

Thursday, May 29 – LA AIR: HARUKO TANAKA – 8 PM
LA AIR is an artist-in-residence program that invites Los Angeles filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new work over a four-week period. Haruko Tanaka’s project The Soroban and the Presentis part soroban (aka abacus) tutorial, part historical account, part freeway numerology, and part dare devil bell ringing adventure with field recordings. It is all love for the city of Los Angeles which, according to the Pythagorean system of numerology, is a “1”—the primal force and number of creation and the most difficult of all lovers. The project explores unseen forces that possibly inform a love/hate/confused relationship to our land and displaced acts of good will and pride, all the while trying to be a more self reliant and sustaining force of analog embodiment. FREE EVENT!



Saturday, May 3 – Introduction to Super 8 Filmmaking & Hand-processing – 1 – 5 PM
Using the classic home-movie camera, students will explore the history, application and tender sophistication of small format filmmaking. This one-day workshop includes basic camera operation, shooting techniques and hand-processing with both traditional reversal photochemistry and negative processing from home-brewed kitchen ingredients! No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 9 students; Fee: $75/$60 EPFC Members.  Instructor: Rick Bahto.