2.1.12: Plant A Seed, Grow A Film

I know I said yesterday was cold, but today is frigid. To paraphrase Brian Wilson, “I guess I just wasn’t made for these climes.” One of the locals assures us it will start warming up… in March… or April.

We thaw out with a morning “industry” screening of James Benning’s Small Roads which is about, er, small roads. Dreamy… like a series of vintage Arizona Highways Magazine covers come to life.

A swift trip to HEMA (think Rotterdam’s answer to IKEA) for sharpies and then over to the EPFC Pop-Up for a direct animation session with Cola, Loes, Javi, Janis and Astrid (all first and second year students at Piet Zwart’s Lens Based Media graduate program) and Evan who got inspired to start making movies by a film he saw at the festival, picked a flier for the workshop and decided to check it out. The beautiful results were shown on one of Worm’s projectors with the craziest 9.5 mm lens that sticks out at a right angle and flips the image left to right… Wacky!

End the day with the Brazilian/Portuguese/Italian experimental feature A Arca do Éden, a rather lovely meditation on the preservation of seeds and films… Perfect for the cinematic gardener…

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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