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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

  • Phil Solomon, May 2013, at Los Angeles Filmforum (photo by Adam Hyman)

    A Song Dissolved in the Dawn: Films by Phil Solomon, program 1

    Date: October 20, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Phil Solomon (1954-2019) was an immensely passionate, inspiring, and kind-hearted figure to so many who encountered him and his work.  He inhabited this world as a generous friend, dedicated teacher and mentor, and as an artist of profound talent and feeling, whose films have inspired countless over the decades. This program focuses on what might be considered the more intimate, inward-looking side of Phil’s work. 

  • Jonas Mekas, Dec 2017, by David E. James

    Reminiscences of a Journey: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas

    Date: November 3, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive Billy Wilder Theatre

    The importance of Jonas Mekas to the world of American independent and experimental film cannot be overestimated.  Tonight’s tribute includes three examples, “Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” a more recent video piece that also includes some of his earliest footage from the 1950s; part one of “Walden” which also includes the short film “Notes on the Circus”  and “Cassis”, and his feature film Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, along with comments from his daughter Oona Mekas and scholar David E. James.  

  • The Manhattan Front

    The Manhattan Front, by Cathy Lee Crane

    Date: November 7, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Arena Cinelounge

    Los Angeles Premiere!  Free screening.  In the signature style of filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane, her feature-length film blends fiction and rarely seen archival footage from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to conjure the fantastically true story of how America entered WWI.

  • True Life Adventures, by Erin Espelie

    Erin Espelie: True Life Adventures

    Date: November 10, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    The films of Erin Espelie strike sparks at collisions between the scientific and the poetic.  We’re delighted to host Erin Espelie, who also currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Natural History magazine, at the first screening of her short films in Los Angeles.