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Fall 2019

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    Memento Stella, by Makino Takashi

    Makino Takashi: Memento Stella

    Date: September 19, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue

    Los Angeles Filmforum and MOCA are thrilled to welcome Japanese artist Makino Takashi back to Los Angeles for the LA premiere of his mesmerizing new feature-length work, MEMENTO STELLA. 

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    Midnight Orange, by Gautam Valluri

    Apparitions: Recent Handmade Wonders from L’Abominable

    Date: September 22, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Filmforum hosts a new touring program of recent works by filmmakers at the French film lab L'Abominable, all films having their LA premieres!

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    Visioni del deserto (Visions from the Desert) by Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

    A Farewell to Angela Ricci Lucchi with Yervant Gianikian

    Date: October 1, 2019
    Time: 8:30pm
    Location: REDCAT

    Filmforum joins with REDCAT to honor the late Angela Ricci Lucchi, whom we have hosted several times.  To commemorate Ricci Lucchi’s memory, and in collaboration with Gianikian (who will be present via Skype), we are showing seven short films of their sensual, poetic, and critical work on “found footage.”

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    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. 

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Watermarks, by Sara Suarez

    All That You Can’t Leave Behind

    Date: November 14, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand

    A program of films that mix the personal and the political, using montage, memory, and archives not only as filmic strategies, but as tools of historical intervention

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    Zia Anger

    My First Film, by Zia Anger

    Date: November 22, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Downtown Independent

    My First Film, a Live  Cinema Presentation by Zia Anger, concludes its international tour tonight at the Downtown Independent.  "An altogether new and daring work of art.” -- Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

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    Salome, by Teo Hernandez

    Salomé, a film by Teo Hernandez, Scored live by Dorian Wood

    Date: December 5, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Philosophical Research Society

    We bring you Salomé in 2019 with an original soundtrack performed by Dorian Wood, marrying the operatic evocations of Wood's singular voice with Hernandez’s baroque cinematography in the unique, Mayan-inspired architecture of the Philosophical Research Society.

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    She Collage, by Kate Lain

    The 11th Festival of (In)appropriation

    Date: December 8, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Founded in 2009 and curated by Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short-form, audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and redeploy them in “inappropriate” and inventive ways.  In person: Filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kate Lain, curators Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner!