Thursday, November 7 : Cinematheque 108

November 7, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 invites you and a guest to attend

An Evening with Rick Bahto
and the Echo Park Film Center

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


A survey of some recent work made by young artists affiliated with the Echo Park Film Center—as teachers or students, curators in the microcinema or artists-in-residence. The works were created on a variety of small gauge film formats—16mm, Super 8mm, and 8mm—many existing only as reversal originals (all shown here in video reproductions). Ranging from diary films, playful narratives, formal abstractions, and performance-based work, the program highlights the work of a loose community of artists actively expanding the possibilities of analog filmmaking in the avant-garde tradition.
Programmed by Rick Bahto, an artist working primarily with 8mm / Super 8mm film, photography, sound, and performance currently living in Los Angeles. Featuring recent films by Rick Bahto, Hayley Elliott, Eve LaFountain, Alee Peoples, Mike Stoltz, Penelope Uribe-Abee, Pablo Valencia, and/or Walter Vargas, and others. All films originating on 16mm, Super 8mm, or 8mm, shown on video. Followed by a Q&A with Rick Bahto, moderated by Dr. David E. James, Ph.D., Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Film Screenings to Include

Walter Vargas
LA Rising – fm (2012) 13 ½ minutes, 16mm, color & b/w, sound.

Marilyn Hernandez
Perforated Damage (2012) 3 minutes, 8mm, color & b/w, silent.

Pablo Valencia
Still Life part I (2012) 3 ½ minutes
Bubbles (2012) 18 seconds
ENERGIZE (2012) 1 minute
Still Life part II (2012) 3 ½ minutes
All films Super 8mm, color, silent.

Chloe Reyes
Aviary (2013) 3 ½ minutes, unslit 8mm, b/w, silent.

Rick Bahto
Casual Encounters (2012) 19 ½ minutes, Super 8mm, b/w, sound by Casey Anderson.

Hayley Elliott
Solar Flares (2010) 4 minutes, Super 8, color, silent, two projectors.

Mike Stoltz
With Pluses and Minuses (2013) 5 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.

Eve LaFountain
Indabaabasaan (I Smudge It, I cleanse It) (2013) 2 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Soda Lake (2013) 3 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Boozhoo Jiibayag (Hello Ghosts) (2013) 1 minute, 16mm, color, sound.

Alee Peoples
Them Oracles (2012) 7 ½ minutes, 16mm, color, sound.

Penelope Uribe-Abee
Dear Diary (2012) 5 minutes, 8mm, color & b/w, sound.


About Rick Bahto

Rick Bahto has exhibited his work at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations across several continents, including solo shows at Jancar Jones Gallery and Millennium Film Workshop, and group screenings and performances at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, San Francisco Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum, Cinefamily, the wulf., and others. He was commissioned to create a new work for Monday Evening Concerts’ 2010-11 series, was artist-in-residence in Echo Park Film Center’s LA AIR program in 2011, and was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award in 2012. He has collaborated on live performance works with composers Casey Anderson, Luciano Chessa, Julia Holter, and Mark So, and has participated in performances of works by these and other composers. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has himself taught at the Echo Park Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and Otis College of Art and Design.

About David E. James, Ph.D., Professor of Critical Studies at SCA

David E. James is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from Cambridge University and an M.A. and Ph.D., also in English, from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held academic positions at the University of California, Occidental College, New York University, Korea University, Shanghai University of Science and Technology, the Beijing Film Academy, National Taiwan University, and Viet Nam National University, Hanoi. His awards include an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Academy Film Scholarship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Associates Award for Creativity in Research at USC; he has also been a scholar at the Getty Research Institute and a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Visual Arts and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

James is the author of Written Within and Without: A Study of Blake’s Milton (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1977), Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties (Princeton University Press, 1989), Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture (London: Verso Books, 1996), and The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2006), and articles and reviews in PMLA, October, Social Text, Representations, Film Quarterly, the minnesota review, Grey Room, Art Forum, and other journals and periodicals. He also edited To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground (Princeton University Press, 1992), The Hidden Foundation: Cinema and the Question of Class (Minnesota University Press, 1996), Im Kwon-Taek: The Making Of a Korean National Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2002), The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in LA (Temple University Press, 2003), Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker (Temple University Press, 2006), and Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2011), and has served on the editorial boards of Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Now Time, and Art Week. He has also published two books of poetry, and his films have screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles Filmforum and Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. His teaching and research interests currently focus on avant-garde cinema, culture in Los Angeles, East-Asian cinema, film and music, and working-class culture.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: David James