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Los Angeles Filmforum is the longest-running organization in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the ongoing, non-commercial exhibition of independent, experimental, and progressive media art.

Filmforum is proud to be in the center of the cultural programming of a city with a rich history of avant-garde filmmaking and programming. Now in our 42nd year, we celebrate personal, hand-crafted and non-commercial work. Read more about our various programs, purchase tickets for upcoming screenings, explore our archives, or learn more about volunteering or making a tax-deductible donation on our newly remodeled website! 

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Upcoming Screenings

  • La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

    Date: September 22, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Filmforum launches Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina) at REDCAT in a packed weekend. Ism, Ism, Ismo is an unprecedented, five-month film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today.  Our first screening highlights historical short films influenced by surrealism, including Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio’s and Gabriel García Márquez’s renowned La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)!

  • Mariana Botey, El dedal de rosas (1998)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Crossing Paths: Latina and Latin American Women Filmmakers in Los Angeles

    Date: September 22, 2017
    Time: 9:00pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Program 2 of Ism, Ism, Ism (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo) highlights a  group of films and videos created by Latina and Latin American women working in Los Angeles.  The program includes films by Mariana Botey, Sofia Canales, Carolina Charry Quintero, Ilana Coleman, Brenda Contreras, Alex Cuesta, Caitlin Diaz, Andrea Franco, Regina Gonzalez Arroyo, Patricia Montoya, Chloe Reyes and Lourdes Villagómez.

  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Panel on Latin American Experimental Film

    Date: September 23, 2017
    Time: 3:00pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Colombian scholar Marta Lucía Vélez, Cuban film scholar and curator Luisa Marisy, researcher and filmmaker Antoni Pinent, Jesse Lerner, Luciano Piazza and others will discuss the research which led to the Ismo, Ismo, Ismo publication (University of California Press, 2017).

  • Eduardo Darino, Cocktail de Rayas (1964)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Sin Cámara / Cameraless

    Date: September 23, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Surveying an extraordinary body of works produced since the 1950s, this program maps South American “camera-less” or “direct” filmmaking," with efigures are painted, scratched, or inked directly onto film leader.

  • Willie Varela, Becky's Eye (1977)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: A Cinema of Passion: Films and Videos by Willie Varela

    Date: September 23, 2017
    Time: 9:00pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Having completed over 100 films and videos made since the early 1970s, El Paso-based, Chicano media artist Willie Varela is one of independent cinema’s most passionate and unbridled social critics.  This long-overdue overview ranges from Varela’s early Super 8 visual pieces to a more recent, more pungently political body of work.