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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

  • Materia Oscura (Dark Matter) by Bruno Varela

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Dark Matter: Collective, Singular and Parodic Resistance

    Start Date: Sep 29, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Oct 1, 2020 11:45PM
    Location: Online via Berkeley Art Museum • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

    These experimental films respond to Latin America’s history of social upheaval and violence with courageous commentary, poetic reflection, or satirical humor. Works by Grupo Los Vagos, Paz Encina, Bruno Varela, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Zigmunt Cedinsky, and Camilo Restrepo.  Online from Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2020, with a live Q&A on Wed Sept 30 at 8:30 pm PDT with co-curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Zigmunt Cedinsky, and Bruno Varela.

  • Constitución (Constitution), by Melisa Aller

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

    Start Date: Oct 2, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Oct 4, 2020 11:30PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    This program offers a range of urban visions—some more celebratory, others more critical—of the architecture, daily life, public spaces, and transportation of cities such as Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Bogotá, Los Angeles, Santiago, and London.  Online from Oct 2-4, with Q&A on Sunday October 4.

  • Copacabana Beach, by Vivian Ostrovsky

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

    Date: Oct 8, 2020 5:00PM
    Location: Online via WNDX

    Free livestream event hosted by WNDX Festival of Experimental Film! This program showcases female filmmakers who sought to carve out a place within the male-dominated world of Latin American independent audiovisual production.  Live conversation after the screening moderated by Mujer Artista, with Co-Curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Silvia Gruner, Poli Marichal, and Cecilia Vicuña.  7 pm Central Time; 5 pm Pacific Time.

  • Sophia Nahli Allison, Dreaming Gave Us Wings, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

    now is the time to dream

    Date: Oct 12, 2020 8:00PM
    Location: Online via REDCAT

    Co-presented by Film at REDCAT and Filmforum and curated by Jheanelle Brown.  Online with discussion following the screening.  The films presented herein are imaginative in their daring and fullness, but also grounded and assured in their terrestrial obligations. Crystal Campbell, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rabz Lansiquot, and Sophia Nahli Allison orbit the archive, but push past its limitations: rebuilding it, deconstructing it, and critically fabulating it in service of Black people.

  • As without so within, by Manuela de Laborde

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Altered Surfaces

    Start Date: Oct 17, 2020 12:59AM
    End Date: Oct 19, 2020 11:45PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    Online from Oct 17-19; Q&A on Sunday October 18, 2020, 7:30 pm PDT
    Abstraction has been a recurring strategy in Latin American visual cultures since long before the European Conquest. These filmmakers pursue colors, light, shadows, and forms as the basis for their work. Including film by Horacio Valleregio, Luís Ernesto Arocha, Azucena Losana, Teo Hernández, Enrique Pineda Barnet, Manuel DeLanda, Manuela de Laborde.