An evening of short video portraits, live music, and libations at Echo Park Film Center


Personal Ethnographies is an assembly of up-close depictions of friends and colleagues, both homemade and collected.  Many of the subjects happen to be figures from the world of independent cinema, including portraits of or by Wendy and Shirley Clarke, Andy Lampert, Jonas Mekas, Sid Laverents, and the cast of Killer of Sheep. Also peppered in are informal glimpses and rare documents of LA’s cultural landscape, including the subCacophony Society, Nora Keyes, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Listing Ship, and Monotrona.

Pending the results of a nefarious postal theft, Filmforum’s Adam Hyman will join the night’s festivities in presenting his own recent portraits of the LA film scene in glorious Kodachrome.

The evening will then morph into a music party with live performances by the illustrious Laura Steenberge, the Here and Now (aka Echo Park Film Center’s own Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo), and John Shaw!

Performer/filmmaker and leading restorationist of experimental and independent cinema, Ross Lipman’s poetic, subjective work (filled with layered work on the optical printer frequently focuses on images of Urban Decay. This is a rare opportunity to see some of his more personal work.

(Lipman, who restored  “Shadows “(1959) and “The Exiles” (1961)  received a special “Film Heritage Award” from the National Society of Film Critics in 2007 for restoration efforts that included “Killer of Sheep,” Charles Burnett’s 1968 UCLA thesis film, which was released by New York-based Milestone films and became one of the best reviewed “new” American movies of 2007.)
Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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