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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.

SCREENINGS
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.

Thursday, July 17 – NEW WORKS SALON – 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. Geoffrey Sexton is an abstract painter, musician and filmmaker. Geoffrey explores video with an emphasis on textures and individualistic video frames, thus honing a signature feel and movement to the frames of his videos. His videos offer a transcendence in the abstract, urging viewers to feel free to be led by their less categorical consciousness. Geoffrey's work has increasingly integrated his illuminated, water-based paintings, by means such as portioning them into macro sectioned image sequences. Tempe Hale will show Pick Up the Stick, a documentary short inspired by footage shot on a road trip in which my brother suffers a mental breakdown. The film is a mix of original road trip footage, interviews and improvisation, which explores de-personalization and dramatizes our collective memory. Audrey Wolski is an image-maker based in Montréal, who enjoys making their own films, often opting for abstraction and small-scale production methods as well as working cinematography for narrative fictions. The contrast between analog and digital moving-images is a concern: both methods are thus mixed, in an attempt to create dissonant dialogue. They will show two works, Tramage/rhodopsine, a reflective portrait of our changing psyche caused by the digital age, and Germe, a brief exploration of the 2012 Quebec student strike using artisanal moving-image techniques such as rephotography and hand painting to communicate intimacies within a larger political context as well as the changing nature of memory. Walter Vargas will show his new 16mm film Full House sans the cast, a reexamination of a house and what is home; uncles included.

Friday, July 18 – WEIRDO ANIMATION AND ROOT BEER FLOATS – 8 PM
Enjoy a summer night with Ice Cold Root Beer Floats and strange animation from around the world! Czech stop motion novelties! American hand drawn wonders from the 1930's! Macabre rarities from Poland! And more! Join filmmakers Cosmo Segurson and John Cannizzaro as they share the best and strangest cartoons from their own collections, with some unusual findings from right here in the Film Center's 16mm library. Bring the kids, or better yet, get a babysitter and make a night of it!

Saturday, July 19 – TITO & TITA SHORT FILMS – 8 PM
Tito & Tita, a collective of young artists [in the Philippines] working mainly with film and photography, employ an array of spatial, architectural and cinematographic elements while working in the spirit of an “occupy-discuss-produce-present” process. Featured in various film festivals and art fairs, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the museum of the moving Image, and Documenta in Kassel, these artists are redefining independent cinema and photography via an enthralling transformation of images and disarming practicality, amidst all the symbolism, surrealism, and a variation of experimental techniques –all the while exploring the personal and intimate, blending technology, form and content." (The Manila Review)  This screening will feature selected short works made by filmmakers in the collective, curated by Miko Revereza.

Thursday, July 24 – VINEGAR SYNDROME! Selections from the EPFC Film Library – 8 PM
A monthly grab bag of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC's impressive 16mm library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center—the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films selected purely by title around a specific theme. We won't be previewing any films, so we'll be just as surprised as you guys...an experiment in curatorship... This month: WORK—films about jobs. We'll be bringing free coffee and donuts to complete your workplace experience. A fun, casual viewing environment—feel free to laugh, talk, and comment on the movies as we screen them. We’ll watch as many films as we can cram into a 90 minute screening session. Curated by Gina Napolitan and Beaux Mingus.

Friday, July 25 ­­– THROUGH THE PRISM: A NIGHT WITH HANNAH PIPER BURNS – 8 PM
Portland-based appropriation artist and renaissance bro Hannah Piper Burns visits EPFC with a show of her collage works incorporating appropriated footage and sound—from old Gene Kelly dance sequences to reality television—and her own poetry. One of the past guest curators of EPFC’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, Hannah also co-founded and co-directs Experimental Film Festival Portland (EFFPortland) and acts as the curatorial consultant for the Light + Sound Window Gallery. When she isn't eyeballs deep in reality television footage, she practices boxing and is learning John Travolta's solo dance sequence from Saturday Night Fever, both for upcoming performances. Hannah Piper Burns in person! (plus, she’s bringing a from EFFPortland to Los Angeles Filmforum on Sunday, 7/27)

Saturday, July 26 – THE COTABATO SESSIONS – 8 PM
"The Cotabato Sessions is a full length music album and 30 minute short music film that features the music legacy of one family, the Kalanduyans, in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines. It was a rare moment to be able to get together these generations of musicians in the family. The Kalanduyans are part of a minority Islamic tribe, the Maguindanaons in the Philippines who have been entirely relocated to Cotabato City and elsewhere after many decades of civil unrest in the south. This album and film capture the generations of men, women, and youth performing ritual music and its variations in the home of master artist Danongan Kalanduyan, in a procession,  in the courtyard of a mosque and in the recording session of a concert hall." –Susie Ibarra, a composer, performer and professor in music and advancement in public action at Bennington College and a TED 2014 Senior Fellow.

Thursday, July 31 – HEARKENINGS presents EDGAR G. ULMER’s THE LIGHT AHEAD – 8 PM
"Audaciously adapted from the writings of 19th century Yiddish novelist Mendele Mokhir Sforim, The Light Ahead is the greatest of Edgar G. Ulmer’s shtetl films. Here, the director counterpoints the pastoral Green Fields [1937] to criticize the poverty and superstition that oppress a pair of star-crossed lovers. Made on the eve of World War II, The Light Ahead is at once romantic, expressionist, and painfully conscious of the danger about to engulf European Jews." — National Center for Jewish Film (Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, 1939, 94min). Preceded by two D.W. Griffith shorts: A Child of the Ghetto and Romance of a Jewess. 16mm prints courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.

Friday, August 1 – FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: THE RED KIMONA – 8 PM
Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome! Tonight we present The Red Kimona (Dorothy Davenport/Walter Lang, 1925)
with introduction by Girl Director author Andrea Richards and live original musical score by Emily Lacy. Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org, check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info!

Saturday, August 2 – THE FORGETTING OF OBJECTS AND TIDES – 8 PM
The Forgetting of Objects is a portrayal of the in-between time and space at the filmmaker Daphne Rosenthal's set. Tiny touches, discoveries through the lens and the natural sounds of the room. It's a play between the filmmaker as a performer and the lives the materials desire to have. Rosenthal will also screen her short Him and Heran animation that sheds light on the isolation of both man and woman in a scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956). Bertha Aguilar's Tides is a documentary exploring a hidden geography of Los Angeles through the sites in which three foreign and politically committed artists, Sergei Eisenstein, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Carlos Bulosan, worked and lived during the the decade of the 30's. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!

Thursday, August 7 – OPEN SCREEN – 8 PM
It’s 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.

Friday, August 8 – FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: RACE AND SPACE REDUX – 8 PM
Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome! Tonight we present Race and Space Redux, a selection of short documentaries focusing on Chavez Ravine and South Central LA with introduction by USC archivist Dino Everett. Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org, check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info! 



Saturday, August 9 – 16mm films by DANIEL MARLOS – 8 PM

Photography Professor Daniel Marlos began making films in Youngstown Ohio in 1977, even before taking his first analog photographs. Marlos moved to Los Angeles in 1980, and a year later began studying Cinema at LACC where he made Super8 comedies like Attack of the Dead Bugs, Clone and The Head Takes a Vacation, the Body Goes Berserk. During his postgraduate studies at The Art Center of Design, Marlos began making 16mm Structuralist films. The evening will consist of 16mm Structuralist films, half with sound and half soundless, followed by discussion and questions. The program will include Los Angeles River (2001), a film documenting the changing seasons within the concrete storm drain that is the mighty Los Angeles River. For the course of an entire year, on the third Sunday of the month near the Fletcher Street Bridge at Ripple Street, the ebb and flow of the river was documented in a series of shots that each last for twenty five seconds, the amount of time that a hand-cranked Bolex movie camera will operate before exhausting its energy. The evening will also include The Vampyre Trilogy, Vista, Vista, Vista, Ground Zero, and Breezing through the 20th Century, a 600-mile road trip through Los Angeles County. All works will be shown on film.

Thursday, August 14 – PABLO MARÍN – 8 PM
Pablo Marín (1982, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a filmmaker, editor, teacher, writer and translator. He has presented Argentine experimental film programs in the United States, Canada and Spain. His films have been premiered at the Oberhausen, Rotterdam and London film festivals, as well as Austrian Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Pleasure Dome, (S8) Mostra de cinema periférico, Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco Cinematheque, Antimatter, TIE, Cinecycle, Bafici, Mar del Plata Film Festival and Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum, among others. In 2014 he was artist in residence at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Canada. He lives and works in Buenos Aires. Program: untitled (Focus) (2008, Super 8), untitled (Parte tres) (2009, Super 8), Carta austral (2011, Super 8), Diario colorado (2010, Single 8), 4x4 (2012, Super 8), 1640 (2013, 16mm), xoxo (2013, 16mm), Denkbilder (Past & Present) (2013/2014, 16mm x 2), Resistfilm (2014, 16mm).

Friday, August 15 – FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: WAR OF THE WORLDS – 8 PM
Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome! Tonight we present War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin, 1953) with surprise special guests! Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org, check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info!

Saturday, August 16 – ECHO PARK RISING at EPFC – NOON – 5 PM
Echo Park’s summer neighborhood festival is back for three action-packed days of fun for everyone! Stop by EPFC for free movies, direct animation workshops and snacks provided by Two Boots Pizza!

Saturday, August 16 – NEW WORKS SALON – 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. Nora Sweeney will show her new film Sweet Oranges (2014, 16mm, 18.5 minutes): “Heading west from my house, I explore the back roads off of California State Route 126, finding small, historic towns, farms, and railway tracks nestled between mountains and orchards - a landscape that evokes a dream of California’s past.  Along the way, I meet Jaime, Blanca, and Hugo, a group of orange pickers from Michoacan, Mexico, who share with me their songs, dreams, aspirations, and thoughts about work.” Ursula Brookbank will show Crystallography and the She World Archive: The principals of X-ray Crystallography used by biochemist Dorothy Hodgkin to study molecular structures applied to film projection. Ms. Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1964 for confirming the molecular structure of insulin using X-ray Crystallography where a crystal is gradually rotated while being bombarded with X-rays producing refraction patterns and molecular data for study. For this salon, recently acquired 16mm film from the SHE WORLD ARCHIVE similarly becomes a light beam projected through gradually rotating crystals. Pablo Marin, in town from Buenos Aires, will show his brand new Angelus novus, plus other artists tba!

Thursday, August 21 – VINEGAR SYNDROME! Selections from the EPFC Film Library – 8 PM
A monthly grab bag of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC's impressive 16mm library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center--the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films are selected purely by title around a specific theme, and we won't be previewing any films, so we'll be just as surprised as you guys... This month's theme: ANIMALS—a compendium of odd-ball nature films about all things furry, feathered, scaly, and slimy. We'll be bringing an animal cracker icebox cake for your snacking pleasure. Casual viewing environment—feel free to laugh, talk, and comment on the movies as we screen them. And we’ll watch as many films as we can cram into a 90 minute screening session. Curated by Gina Napolitan and Beaux Mingus.

Friday, August 22 – FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: EL NORTE – 8 PM
Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome! Tonight we present El Norte (Gregory Nava, 1983)
with introduction by immigration activists from Dream Team Los Angeles. Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org, check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info!

Saturday, August 23 – RECENT VIDEOS BY SUZI POLING – 8 PM
A screening of recent video work by Los Angeles-based artists and musician Suzy Poling. These new short pieces incorporate sonic resonances, technological interferences, transcendental procedures, natural phenomenon, ecological uniformity, regeneration and degeneration. Poling has had solos shows at Cal Poly University, Queen's Nails Projects, Disjecta, Krowswork, ZG Gallery and DNJ Gallery. Along with making art for exhibition, Poling is a freelance fashion photographer and makes abtract silkscreened clothing.

Thursday, August 28 – LA AIR: ALEE PEOPLES – 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. This month’s resident is Alee Peoples. She describes her project: “In continuing my work with boiling down words into symbols I am using the 'unslit' 4-frame format of double 8 film to translate the lyrics of a recognizable pop song into pictures. Hand-drawn images and letters will stand in for words and phonetic puns that will project along to the rhythm of an absent song. My interest in text and symbols has led me to create posters, sculptures and public installations based around the cognitive moment of understanding. Usually this part of my art practice does not overlap with my experimental films so I'm always pumped when they do decide to hold hands. Come see if you can figure out what song you're looking at!” The evening will include a reception for the artist. Free event!

Friday, August 29 – FILMMOBILE SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: BEING THERE – 8 PM
Angelenos are invited to discover and explore their changing urban landscape when the Filmmobile projects an array of classic films at cinematic locations across the city! Events begin at 8 pm every Friday night in August. Refreshments provided. Bring a chair! Free admission! Everyone welcome! Tonight we present Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979)
with introduction by film curator and paramedia ecologist Gerry Fialka. Locations are announced 24-hours prior to show time. Call 213.484.8846, email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org, check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter for more info!

Saturday, August 30 – THE MESSAGE IS MEDIUM (at beast) … A YEARNING FOR LEARNING – 8 PM
Delving deep into dark recesses of the vaults of Smokehouse Films, archivist/filmmaker John Cannizzaro together with actor/singer/writer Gia Mora have gathered together a mind-popping, eye-blowing spectacle of campy educationals, bizarre documentaries, and just plain WACKY films for your entertainment and learning pleasure. Come laugh, cry, scream, act, and interact with these rare and remarkable gems—all projected on glorious 16mm film—just like when you were in school. Class participation is a must! Refreshments and recess will be provided.


Sunday, August 31 – FILMMOBILE PRESENTS: FILM FARM 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW – 8 PM
For 20 years The Independent Imaging Retreat or `Film Farm’ has been developing a hands-on, artisanal approach to filmmaking that is far removed from the costly, hierarchical and inaccessible industrial model.  Each summer it brings to Mount Forest Ontario a small group of interested filmmakers – some novices and some highly experienced – for an intensive week of shooting, hand-processing, tinting/toning, watching and editing film -- most of the action taking place in and around an old barn on the Normanby Township property, in rural Ontario. The Film Farm L.A. 20th Anniversary Show includes early and recent films (16mm and digital), and concentrates its light on those `film farmers’ who have graced the west coast scene with their exquisite, playful and committed works on celluloid. As such we will be screening such works as Helen Hill’s sweet present to husband Paul, Your New Pig is Down the Road (1999), Trixy Sweetvittles infamously camp Mermaids and Pickles (1999) and Maia Cybelle Carpenter’s sensitive study of women at work at the `Film Farm’, Working Portraits(2005). The program also contains wonderfully diverse works by Chris Chong, Clint Enns, Lisa Marr, Pouyan Jafarizadeh, Deirdre Logue, John Porter, Brenda Longfellow, Lillah Halla and Jennifer Reeves.  –Philip Hoffman FREE EVENT! PHIL HOFFMAN AND FILM FARM FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!LOCATION: ECHO PARK, CORNER OF ECHO PARK AVE and PARK AVE., LA 90026.

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UPCOMING CLASSES

Every Sunday in July – OPEN STUDIO – 3 PM – 8 PM
Making movies is hard… and even harder if you’re on your own.   The Echo Park Film Center is now offering open studio hours for filmmakers to work autonomously in a communal environment with the assistance of EPFC staff and resources.  From Super 8mm film to HD video, the Film Center supports a variety of formats and workflows.   All of the tools are already here; you just need to bring the footage and we’ll figure out, together, how to turn it into a movie! A $20 lab fee ($10 for members) is requested for each Sunday session. 

Saturday, July 19 – ANALOG VIDEO ART WORKSHOP – 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
An open collaborative workshop for video artists or anyone interested in creating video art with analog video machines. We will watch examples from the history of video art then explore and experiment with these techniques and technology to create our own video pieces, including video feedback, keying and colorization, manipulation of found footage and the degradation of video images. Workshop participants will create one short video art piece by the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to bring found footage on VHS tapes and any decks or pieces of equipment they would like to contribute to our closed-circuit video system. Instructor: Miko Revereza. Fee: $75.

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27 – ECO WORKSHOP – 12 PM – 4 PM
This 2 day workshop will explore the shooting and developing of Super 8 and 35mm analog film formats. Day 1 will focus on learning the camera formats and students will explore Echo Park and shoot footage. With an emphasis on hand-processing, students will develop the footage on Day 2 using only eco-friendly chemicals such as coffee, wine, cola, hydrogen peroxide, and many more! All materials provided by the Echo Park Film Center. Instructors: Ellie Parker & Chloe Reyes Fee: $120

Alternative Animation and Sound Techniques (It's Alive!)
6 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning July 30, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Final screening/presentation of projects on Wednesday, September 10 – 8 PM
A workshop class all about DIY animation and frame-by-frame filmmaking techniques, coupled with similarly inventive soundtrack-building techniques. Working both collaboratively and independently, students will learn basic 16mm animation and no-budget special effects, work with found footage and found sound, use homemade microphones and soundmakers, and even draw soundtracks directly onto their films. The class will culminate with students making their own experimental 16mm self-portrait films and screening them with a live soundtrack of their own creation! Instructors: Gina Napolitan & Beaux Mingus. Age: 15 and up (beginners welcome!) Class size: 10 students maximum. Fee: $150.

INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
8 consecutive Saturdays, beginning August 2, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
In this 8-session class, students will learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking including storytelling, interview technique, Super 8 camera operation and film processing, sound recording, analog editing, and digital editing using Final Cut Pro software. Each student will complete and exhibit a 5-minute black and white Super 8 film on family and/or community history. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided by EPFC. Class limited to 6 students. Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. Fee: $250/$200 EPFC Members

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