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Summer-Fall 2022

  • Womanhouse

    Womanhouse Now: Films and Experimental Shorts

    Start Date: Jun 28, 2022 11:00AM
    End Date: Jul 10, 2022 11:00PM
    Location: Online

    We bring back our in-person show celebrating Womanhouse online, for those of you who couldn't make it that night, including the conversation with four or the filmmakers.  

    In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Womanhouse a site specific installation and performance-space, Anat Ebgi Gallery in partnership with LAND  (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and LA Filmforum have organized an afternoon of films including Johanna Demetrakas 1974 documentary on the Womanhouse home alongside a set of experimental shorts from participating artists like Shawnee Wollenman, Judith Dancoff, Judy Chicago, and Cheri Gaulke.

  • Show Me Other Places (2021) - Los Angeles Premiere!

    If I Were Any Further Away I’d Be Closer to Home: A collection of films by Rajee Samarasinghe

    Start Date: Jul 17, 2022 6:30PM
    End Date: Jul 17, 2022 9:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    We are thrilled to present the first solo show of films by Rajee Samarasinghe in Los Angeles.  Join us after the films for a conversation between Samarasinghe and fellow filmmaker Mike Stoltz. The screening will be followed by a reception on the outdoor patio with Sri Lankan snacks and Tarot card readings by Delini Malka Samarasinghe.  Doors open at 6:30, showtime at 7:30pm, followed by a reception after the screening.  (Masks required)

  • Uranium Hex (1987)

    Uranium Hex: The Nuclear Films of Sandra Lahire

    Start Date: Jul 24, 2022 1:00PM
    End Date: Jul 24, 2022 3:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    Presented for the first time in Los Angeles, URANIUM HEX: THE NUCLEAR FILMS OF SANDRA LAHIRE introduces four important works by the British experimental feminist filmmaker exploring the feminist anti-nuclear, anti-war movement of the 1980's alongside deeply personal narratives of sickness, contamination and corporeal vulnerability of both the self and land. 

    The program will be introduced by archivist and programmer Charlotte Procter (London, UK) with artist P. Staff (Los Angeles, USA).

  • Time Mechanicals: 16mm Cityscapes by Jim Jennings

    Date: Aug 21, 2022 7:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    Filmforum is honored to celebrate the life and exquisite 16mm filmmaking of Jim Jennings, who died on May 19 of this year.  Jennings was a prolific creator of intimate, generous, and visually striking works of observational photography, nearly all silent and many filmed in the course of his NYC commutes as a master plumber whose company, Time Mechanicals, took him to all corners of the photogenic metropolis.

  • An Ecstatic Experience (2015), by Ja'Tovia Gary

    New Black Wave, Vol. 2

    Start Date: Sep 10, 2022 1:00PM
    End Date: Sep 10, 2022 3:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    New Black Wave showcases films by Black filmmakers that push cinema's conceptual and aesthetic boundaries to explore deep-rooted emotions within the African Diaspora. Back for its second edition, the films in New Black Wave Vol. 2 remix public and personal archives to reveal new meanings within familiar images of Black life in America.  Curated by DaManuel Richardson and Solomon Turner of Hello Benjamin Films, the show features brilliant films by Michèle Stephenson and Imani Dennison, Julie Dash, Ja'Tovia Gary, Paige Taul, Jenn Nkiru, Moïse Togo, and Darol Olu Kae. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers and curator and writer Taylor Renee Aldridge of the California African American Museum (CAAM).

  • Orbit Diapason (2021) Single Channel Premiere by Tabita Rezaire

    Tabita Rezaire: Orbit Diapason

    Start Date: Sep 25, 2022 1:00PM
    End Date: Sep 25, 2022 3:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    POSTPONED We'll announce a new date for the presentation of Tabita Rezaire's films soon. 

  • The Festival of (In)Appropriation

    Date: Oct 2, 2022 7:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    Collage or compilation. Found footage film or recycled cinema. Remix or détournement. Whatever one might call it, the practice of incorporating preexistent media into new artworks engenders novel juxtapositions, new ideas, and latent connotations… often entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. In that regard, such works are truly “inappropriate.”  For the first time since its inception, this year’s festival will be guest curated by Marie-Pierre Burquier, Mariquita “Micki” Davis, and Allyson Unzicker.


  • Saudade, by Liliane Laborde-Edozien

    Shaving Feet - The Premonition of Black Female Experimental Filmmaking

    Start Date: Oct 5, 2022 11:00AM
    End Date: Nov 5, 2022 11:00PM
    Location: Online

    Online program! Shaving Feet The Premonition of Black Female Experimental Filmmaking features documentary and narrative films from Black women, exclusively curated by Ways of Seeing, a project which aims to curate, canonize, and archive the artistic works of women of color. Shaving Feet inquires into how filmmaking is a practice heavily influenced by the values of premonition and thought, rather than industrial processes.  Features from by Safiyah Chinere, Paige Taul, Alisha B. Wormsley, Liliane Laborde-Edozien, Sylvie Weber, Naomi Soquar, and Sonya Mwambu.

  • Light Field

    Light Field Los Angeles

    Start Date: Oct 9, 2022 7:30PM
    End Date: Oct 9, 2022 10:00PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    Light Field is an annual exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area, but coming down to Los Angeles for the first time for a special screening! It is artist-run and collectively organized by: Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, Syd Staiti, and Patricia Ledesma Villon.  The evening is co-presented with Mezzanine LA.  

  • The Sun Quartet, part 1: Sunstone (2017)

    Colectivo los ingrávidos: The Sun Quartet

    Start Date: Nov 5, 2022 7:30PM
    End Date: Nov 5, 2022 9:30PM
    Location: Whammy! Analog

    Filmforum has commissioned five artists to make new work, generously funded by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and over the next year will be presenting the premieres of the works, including discussions with the artists.  We are delighted to welcome Colectivo los ingrávidos from Mexico for two public screenings, one at Whammy! Analog on November 5, and one at 2220 Arts on Sunday November 6. In the November 5th program, we present The Sun Quartet, four films bonded by their poetic and ecstatic examination of politics and political traumas in Mexico. 

  • Tierra en Trance

    Colectivo los ingrávidos: New Works, including the premiere of Tierra en Trance

    Start Date: Nov 6, 2022 7:30PM
    End Date: Nov 6, 2022 9:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    Filmforum hosts Colectivo los ingrávidos, from Mexico, for two different screenings.  They were the recipients of a commission from Filmforum for a new work, generously funded by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.  At tonight's show we host the West Coast premiere of this new film "Tierra en Trance", along with three other new works receiving US or West Coast premieres!  A rare opportunity to meet a member from the colective.  Their films are real knockouts, highlights of any mixed program in which they are included, stunning to eye and ear, opening new possibilities for “experimental film.”  Prepare to be dazzled.

  • Circumstantial Pleasures, by Lewis Klahr

    Lewis Klahr: Circumstantial Pleasures

    Start Date: Nov 20, 2022 7:30PM
    End Date: Nov 20, 2022 9:30PM
    Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

    We’re happy to welcome back Lewis Klahr with the long-overdue Los Angeles premiere of his feature film Circumstantial Pleasures! "Circumstantial Pleasures looks at the raw materials of contemporary life and distills them into a demanding and powerful work of anxiety, alienation, agitation, and abrasion..."- Chris Stults

  • 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.