April 21, 2014. Small New Films, at Redcat.

Mon April 21 |8:30|
Jack H. Skirball Series
$10.00 [members $8.00]

Small New Films

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, John Palmer, Ellie Parker, Chloe Reyes, Martine Syms, Penelope Uribe-Abee, and Pablo Valencia, all projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals.

In person: by Rick Bahto, Ursula Brookbank, Kate Brown, Paul Clipson, Hayley Elliott, Marilyn Hernandez, John Palmer, Ellie Parker, Chloe Reyes, Martine Syms, Penelope Uribe-Abee, and Pablo Valencia

“Mysterious and lush explorations of the visual world… Rick Bahto’s Super 8mm films play like formalist, haiku-like postcards to distant friends.”—Steve Polta, San Francisco Cinematheque

[Watching Ursula Brookbank’s SHE WORLD ARCHIVE] “I became entranced with the endless number of stories these objects could tell, each spotlighting a woman who probably never thought her personal life was that interesting.” – Alison Kjeldgaard, Art Animal, 2013

“SHE WORLD is the new beginning. The nascent, the dark, the meditation on new beginnings, things almost unseen, waiting to be discovered. It is the new cycle of an old consciousness.”
– Jasmine Moorhead, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2013

“Paul Clipson’s films are visually intoxicating.” – Shadowplay

“Going beyond metaphorical places and literal locations, [John] Palmer traffics brilliantly in off-screen space.” – SF Weekly


Penelope Uribe-Abee
Uncle Rene
(2014, 3 minutes, Super 8, b/w, sound)

A film that follows my uncle around during the last half hour of his shift as a Janitor at UCLA. For the past 35 years or so, my Uncle has cleaned the Art building on campus. I study in the same buildings he cleans with such care.

John Palmer
Intimations #1
(2012, 12 minutes, Super 8, color, sound)

Portraits of strangers who were solicited to anonymously confess secrets.

Ellie Parker
Amani & Rae
(2014, 4.5 minutes, Super 8, color, sound)

Amani and Rae have spent the summer traveling by bus and discovering new landscapes. Rae recounts the memories of her travels as she visualizes her time on the bus with full emotion and visual detail. Her memories are brought to life through intricate images of their bodies, covered in flowers and lit by the colors of summertime. Rae’s past unfolds into a summer daydream.

Hayley Elliott
Solar Flares
(2011, 4 minutes, Super 8, two projectors, color, silent)

I wanted to make an abstract film related to nature and the landscape. I wanted to try hand processing to save money and because I was interested in the unusual visual effects you can achieve from it. This was my first time trying to hand process color so I processed one of the rolls incorrectly, but I liked the way the errors looked and ended up basing the film around it.

Rick Bahto
Cave Creek. Winter canon. 2011
(2011, 15 minutes, three Super 8 projectors, b/w, silent)

A mensuration canon for three projectors, looking at a landscape in the Sonora Desert during winter. Commissioned by Monday Evening Concerts.

Ursula Brookbank
(2014, 10 minutes, 8mm, prism, viola)

Ursula Brookbank has created the SHE WORLD ARCHIVE—relics and ephemera from the lives of women—a resource used for her investigations into the assumed relationships and private histories culled from close observation of feminine detritus. The short 8mm film, MELNA.CEPURE, 2014, will observe newly added items to the archive which include family footage and a fur hat, accompanied by Heather Lockie on viola.

Chloe Reyes
Fly Trap
(2014, 4 minutes, Super 8, two projectors, color, silent)

Comprised mainly of photogram techniques, the flashes of color surround the late Anabolic native garden of Los Angeles. The seeds, stems and petals were grown for late night ceremonies to help people connect to their past, present and future.

Pablo Valencia
Still Life I
(2012, 3 minutes, Super 8, color, silent)
(2012, 1 minute, Super 8, color, sound)
Blindside II
(2012, 3 minutes, Super 8, color, silent)

Still Life I is a meditation on light and time. Blindside II is a further exploration of the reciprocal action and reaction of light.

Marilyn Hernandez
(2014, 3 minutes, Super 8, color, silent)

Bright lights that never turn off, sterile, care without caring. The most important person in a place and situation they hate. Heartache that knows no bound.

Martine Syms
(2014, 2.5 minutes, Super 8, color, sound, commissioned by Echo Park Film Center)

On screen a man gestures to describe the various parts of a hardcover book, while a woman recounts the books that have changed her life in Jacques Prévert’s poetic style.

Kate Brown
(2014, 5.5 minutes, Super 8, b/w, sound)

4X3 boards are painted white, black, no color. They are perforated or X’d. They are held, wedged, and leaned in the frame.

Paul Clipson
Transparent Things
(2014, 7.5 minutes, Super 8, b/w & color, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, commissioned by Echo Park Film Center)

A crisscross journey along riverbeds, through forest floors and over terrains of either a few inches or many miles, minutes or centuries.

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

My life in clips. What I love, whom I love and a little look into the experience I live.

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

Documents the state of my life at age 16, when I was a Junior in High School—doing hood rat things with my friends.

The filmmakers

Rick Bahto lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work utilizing still and motion picture photography, sound, and performance at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations spanning the Northern Hemisphere. His first film was included in the Big as Life series of screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, and other highlights of exhibition include a solo exhibition of photographs and films at Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles, a solo screening at Millennium Film Workshop, a new work commission from Monday Evening Concerts for their 2010–11 season, and performances for 35mm slide projectors at the wulf. (Los Angeles), Or Gallery (Vancouver), Videofag (Toronto), and The Lab (San Francisco). He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has himself taught at the Echo Park Film Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Otis College of Art and Design.

Ursula Brookbank (b.1953 Pasadena) is a Los Angeles based artist, who works in the mediums of film, video, photography, installation, and performance. She received a BFA in Painting at the University of Florida in 1975. Relocating to LA in 1976, Brookbank began as a darkroom technician for a commercial photo studio, and has been an Art Director for still photography and video productions since 1979. Her image-based work currently engages the feminine detritus of her SHE WORLD ARCHIVE in an ongoing participatory and collaborative dialogue. Her work has shown recently at the Echo Park Film Center, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, LAMAG, Craftswoman House, and at the Center for Living Arts in Mobile, Alabama as well as Krowswork in Oakland California.

Kate Brown makes 16 and 8mm films and works on paper. Her films have shown in Los Angeles at the Echo Park Film Center, Barnsdall Art Park, and the Schindler House, and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives. She was an EPFC LA AIR resident in March 2013.

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco filmmaker whose works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited experiments include projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians.

See: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=9223
And http://dcairns.wordpress.com/tag/paul-clipson/

Hayley Elliott is an alumnus of the EPFC youth program, as well as instructor for the City of Angels 2011 project. Her films have been shown at Chicago 8 Festival, The 8 Fest (Toronto), the wulf., Cinematheque108, and on Transit TV.

Marilyn Hernandez describes herself as a “20 year-old girl.”

John Palmer is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist. In 2012, he completed a residency in Echo Park Film Center’s LA AIR program. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium and the James Broughton Film Award.

Ellie Parker is a Los Angeles and Montreal based artist with a passion for the moving image. She fell in love with analogue filmmaking while taking youth classes at the Echo Park Film Center in LA. She continues to make individual and community-based films/art at Concordia University, where she will graduate with a BFA in Film Production in 2016.

Chloe Reyes is an object, falling towards earth, 24 frames per second. In this process, she often feels “like a scientist in the middle of a big experiment that no one believes in,” traveling through time, junkyards of color, quantums of movement—an experiment sometimes called filmmaking. An alumnus of the EPFC youth program, she has been teaching youth and adult workshops for the past year at EPFC, and will be an LA AIR resident in April 2014. Her films have been shown at festivals including the $100 Film Festival in Calgary and The 8 Fest in Toronto.

Martine Syms: “I am a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California. My work examines the assumptions of contemporary America, particularly the way that identity and memory are transformed by the shifting boundaries of business and culture. From 2007–11, I directed Golden Age, a project space focused on printed matter that I founded. I currently run DOMINICA, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker and audience in visual culture. I have lectured at Yale University, REDCAT, SXSW, Light Industry, Project Row Houses, the Houston Museum of African American Art, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and MoMA P.S.1, among other venues. My artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), MCA Chicago, Young Art (Los Angeles), The Green Gallery (Milwaukee), and White Flag Projects (St. Louis).”

Penelope Uribe-Abee lives and works between El Sereno and Westwood. She is a recent graduate of the Visual and Performing Arts High School in Downtown LA, and is a first year art school student at UCLA. She currently works at The Fowler Museum as a Museum Educator. For seven years she was a Cal Arts Community Arts Partnership student at sites like Plaza de la Raza. She also is a longtime friend of the Echo Park Film Center. In addition to filmmaking, she enjoys printmaking and photography.

Pablo Valencia received his bachelor’s degree in English and Cinema Studies from Rutgers University. His films have been screened at The 8 Fest (Toronto), Chicago 8 Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, Echo Park Film Center, Exploded View Gallery (Tucson), and Jancar Jones Gallery (Los Angeles), among other venues. He was an EPFC LA AIR resident in December 2012.

Program curated by Rick Bahto and co-sponsored by the Echo Park Film Center.

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