Echo Park Film Center Community Meet and Greet

Monday, Jul 15, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Artspace, 50 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
Meet Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo, the spirited analog-film loving Lead Artists of this year’s Summer Apprenticeship Program!  Lisa and Paolo come to us from Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, a beloved media arts organization committed to providing equal and affordable community access to film/video resources via five channels: a neighborhood microcinema space, a free and nominal cost education programs, a comprehensive film equipment and service retail department, an eco-friendly mobile cinema & film school, and local and international artist residencies.  They’re living in New Haven with us this July, and will produce an original 24-hour City Symphony shot and processed by 26 New Haven public high school students, which will be performed live at Artspace on Friday, July 26 at 5pm.
For this Community Meet-and-Greet, Lisa and Paolo will introduce and screen 2 films that highlight EPFC’s creative focus and pedagogical practice around youth media creation and community engagement, including The Sound We See: A Rotterdam City Symphony, (2012, 27 min, 16mm) and Free Time & Sunshine: Home Movies in Southern California, (2013, 39 minutes, Super 8/digital video).  Following the screenings, we’ll open up to a Q+A from the audience.  Stick around for light refreshments and mingling from 7:30-8pm.  Learn More.


The Sound We See: A Rotterdam City Symphony

(2012, 27 min, 16mm)

Collectively created by a diverse group of local youth and mentors over a 12-week period, The Sound We See: Rotterdam uses analog film techniques and the “City Symphony” genre as starting points to explore handmade cinema and the contemporary urban environment of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Project made possible by Deelgemeente Rotterdam Centrum, Filmwerkplaats, Gemeentearchief Rotterdam, Hogeschool Rotterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Piet Zwart InstituteResearch Center Creating 010, SONOR, Willem de Kooning Academy and WORM.


Free Time & Sunshine: Home Movies in Southern California

(2013, 39 minutes, Super 8/digital video)

This documentary film project explores, examines and celebrates the role of the humble home movie as it pertains to life in mid-20th century Southern California and the perpetuation of the American Dream. Facilitated by Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, the 40-minute film was created as part of the Fall 2013 Youth Filmmaking Class. Over a 14-week period, 26 local teens worked with film archivists, preservationists, humanities experts and home movie makers in researching, shooting, editing and presenting a collaborative piece that celebrates diverse stories, shares historic home movie footage from local archives and personal collection, and provides glimpses into the everyday lives of Californians as they have rarely been seen outside the family circle. Project made possible with support from CalHumaities, in partnership with the NEH. Experience more at