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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

  • 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!

  • Half-Moon for Margaret (Halbmond für Margaret), by Ute Aurand

    Nature Preserves What The People Forget: The Films of Ute Aurand Part 1

    Date: October 25, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Berlin-based filmmaker Ute Aurand presents several of her films in Los Angeles for the first time, in dialogue with selected works by Margaret Tait.  Stemming from the lyrical tradition of diary filmmaking and artisanal practices, her active and playful films emphasize the natural and social worlds through intimate forms of portraiture. 

  • Terzen, by Ute Aurand

    In and Around a House: Ute Aurand and Margaret Tait

    Date: October 28, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    For our second screening with Ute Aurand, two longer works by Margaret Tait and Ute Aurand are paired. In their breadth and structure, these films give a sense of how these filmmakers cultivate a working practice that prizes the immediate details felt around them.