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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 43rd 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

  • Barbershop from Hale County This Morning, This Evening Copyright IDIOM Film, Courtesy RaMell Ross & Cinema Guild

    Hale County, This Morning, This Evening

    Date: September 20, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Downtown Independent

    An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years.  Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at the Sundance Film Festival, 2018.  Director RaMell Ross in person!

  • Napalm

    Napalm, A Tribute to Claude Lanzmann

    Date: September 24, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    The Los Angeles premiere of the last film by Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah.  

    “A mini-masterpiece... to my mind one of the year’s most romantic films.” - Christopher Small, Sight & Sound

  • The Guests

    The Guests, by Ken Jacobs

    Date: October 9, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    Los Angeles premiere, with Ken & Flo Jacobs in person!  

    "Ken Jacobs does more than extend the time (and space) of the original footage: he invites us to see in a way that we have never seen before." (Bozar Centre for Fine Arts)

  • I Choose Darkness, 2009, by Karen Yasinsky

    Karen Yasinsky: Perpetual Motion

    Date: October 19, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Karen Yasinsky makes simple and complex animations that are charming, resonant, beautiful, and a bit mysterious. Several LA premieres, with Yasinsky in person!