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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 46th 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 website! 

Archive identification and digitalisation at Filmske novosti for the Non Aligned Newsreels project c Mila Turajlic Non Aligned Newsreels

Archive identification and digitalisation at Filmske novosti for the Non-Aligned Newsreels project (c) Mila Turajlić, Non-Aligned Newsreels, October 5

Upcoming Screenings

  • Smears, Tears, and Thumbprints: Queer Coming of Age

    Start Date: Dec 4, 2022 1:00PM
    End Date: Dec 4, 2022 3:00PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    What does it mean to have a body? Why does the concrete feel so soft under my fingers? Animation is uniquely positioned to examine the intangible and constructed. From here, above the peg bar, artists sketch a pysche imagined and a world redeemed.

    The films in this programs contains a colorful, earnest languidity through a queer lens exploring family, the body, and the ebbings of the afternoon tide.

  • Peed Into The Wind (1972)

    A Curt McDowell Double Header 1: Peed Into the Wind

    Start Date: Dec 11, 2022 1:00PM
    End Date: Dec 11, 2022 2:45PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    McDowell’s first short feature Peed Into The Wind is a hilarious satire on stardom and desire, steeped in comic intrigue and DIY melodrama.  Starring a whole cavalcade of his regular company of performers, Peed anchors a program that also features the metatextual Truth for Ruth, his beloved musical short Boggy Depot, and the wonderfully charming and nearly-never-seen absurdity The Mean Brothers “Get Stood Up”.

  • Taboo

    A Curt McDowell Double Header 2: True, Blue, & Very Taboo

    Start Date: Dec 11, 2022 3:30PM
    End Date: Dec 11, 2022 5:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    LA premieres of 16mm restorations from the Academy Film Archive!

    McDowell’s short feature Taboo (The Single & The LP) is easily one of his most complex and fascinatingly ambitious films, as it interweaves several narrative and conceptual threads, which include board games, erotic obsessions, and an extended rumination on (and dramatization of!) some mysterious bathroom graffiti. Long thought lost, this singular, memorable film will be preceded by McDowell’s hilarious and unexpectedly tender home movie excursion A Visit to Indiana, and the surrealist and romantic fantasia True Blue & Dreamy.