Sunday, April 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Producers Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo in person!
Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them-to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem.”
“It's one of the most extraordinary, visionary inspirations in the recent cinema.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“a dazzling collage…working in the spirit of Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, and Werner Herzog” - Noel Murray, Playlist
“bracing, hallucinatory & daring ... mixes formal experimentation with trenchant social commentary” — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
“brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental” — Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
INFO: www.lafilmforum.org , 323-377-7238
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors/IDA members; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance at https://bpt.me/3374385 or at the door.
“My documentary work challenges the journalistic role of presenting an objective account of experience. I am interested in making films that explore how subjective reality is commodified to fit outsider’s narratives of consumption and production. I want to understand how this process is used to anesthetize pain, to eliminate accountability, and how the divisions of artist and subject in film production mimic larger capitalist modes of exploitation. I want to make films that use a familiar visual language that can simultaneously speak to and challenge these histories of representation.” – Theo Anthony
Theo Anthony is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, MD. His work been featured by the The Atlantic, Vice, Agence-France Presse (AFP), and other international media outlets. His films have received premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2015, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Website : www.theoanthony.net
Sebastian Pardo is a Los Angeles raised and educated independent film producer who began his career producing for Roman Coppola’s renowned music video and commercial production company The Directors Bureau. From there Sebastian went on to produce PALO ALTO for first time director Gia Coppola. Released in 2014 and based on the book written by James Franco: Palo Alto Stories, the film stars James Franco, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff and features Val Kilmer and Chris Messina. It premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, before playing at the 70th Venice International Film Festival as well as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and was released by Tribeca Films in the spring of 2014. Sebastian attended University of Southern California, and graduated from Dodge College of Media Arts at Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production with an emphasis in directing.
Riel Roch-Decter is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based producer who began his career as the Director of Production & Operations for the independent production company Olympus Pictures working on award winning films such as Stuart Blumberg’s THANKS FOR SHARING, John Cameron Mitchell’s RABBIT HOLE, and Mike Mill’s Oscar winning film BEGINNERS. In 2012 Riel produced two feature length films for Olympus; BOTTLED UPwritten & directed by Enid Zentelis starring Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and THE WAITwritten & directed by M Blash and starring Jena Malone and Chloë Sevigny which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Riel graduated from Montreal's Concordia University with a Major in Economics. In addition he attended the prestigious London School of Economics to study Management and Entrepreneurship. Riel is a 2014 Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellow.
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2018 is our 43rd year.
2016, digital, color, sound, 82 min.
Writer, Director, Editor – Theo Anthony; Composer – Dan Deacon; Producers – Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo