You never know where the next great filmmaker will emerge! But it could very well be at CalArts. Enjoy a juried and FREE selection of exciting and creative new student works from April 27-May 2. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Receptions to follow all screenings.
Thursday, April 27, 8pm
Experimental Animation Program
Friday, April 28, 8pm
Film Directing Program
Saturday, April 29, 7pm
Program in Film and Video
Tuesday, May 2, 8pm
Film Directing Program + Program in Film and Video
(Long Form Screening)
Deep into his fabled career, Walt Disney conceived of a new school for nurturing future generations of creative talent: a multidisciplinary “community of the arts” built around the real-life experience of working artists instead of the conventions of the academy. Moreover, the school would remove the walls separating the creative disciplines and encourage artists from different branches to mix and collaborate as a way of sparking new ideas and methods. Walt and his brother Roy started making this vision a reality in 1961 when they formed California Institute of the Arts through the merger of two existing L.A. schools for art and music.
Just in time for Earth Day, make the most of beautiful Spring weather and check out the Los Angeles State Historic Park Grand Opening. After three years of hard work, this former neglected area of town is now green and gorgeous. The park has beautiful views of downtown Los Angeles, drought tolerant landscaping, a pedestrian bridge, and even a convenient snack shop. The Grand Opening celebration is FREE and there will be food trucks and musical performances too! The park is located at 1245 N. Spring St in Los Angeles.
It’s film festival season and here’s another great one to check out nearby! The SEEFest is the South East European Film Festival and features 40 films from South East Europe. Enjoy eight days of documentaries, features, shorts, as well as animated films. This festival honors cultural diversity and independent filmmakers. There will also be panels, discussions, meet & greets, networking and more. The festival opens with a screening of a film from Croatia at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.
Enjoy a mix of traditional and modern Korean culture at UCLA this week. Korean Culture Night is continues the great tradition of diversity on the UCLA campus. It will take place at Royce Hall on Thursday April 13th. This year’s production, A Passing of Time, invites the audience into the lives of seven high school students and their families, who experience a devastating incident. Three years ago, the sinking of the Sewol Ferry united all of Korea in a grim and solemn time of waiting and hoping, but ultimately claimed over 300 lives. As we sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones, we are not able to fully picture the incident in its scale and relatable aspects. The majority of the 304 were high school students who had hopes, ambitions, and dreams. Through this year’s Korean Culture Night, they delve deeper into the lives that were affected and bring to the stage a tragedy that shocked and angered our country.
Starting April 20 at MOCA Los Angeles, check out an incredible art show featuring artists Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby. This is the first ever U.S. showing of their incredible work. Ruby’s incredibly unique art consists of large stuffed fabric sculptures. They are imaginative, surreal, dripping, and yet political as well. On the flip side, Opie’s photographic work focuses on the inauguration of President Obama. She captures the feeling of the crowd equally as she captures the President’s emotions. MOCA is a stellar venue and you’ll sure to be inspired. They have a permanent collection as well as programs throughout the year.
The April 15th film festival features the following films:
“Desert Around Me: The ADHD Epidemic, a Challenge of Global Proportions.” The film follows a team as they prepare for an ultra marathon in the Sahara Desert, which serves to raise awareness to the ADHD community. “InFocus: British Cinema,” which shines a spotlight on upcoming directors and producers from the United Kingdom. “Bobby Sands: 66 Days” is a documentary, which follows the story of activist Bobby Sands’ hunger strike and the resulting impact on British-Irish relations. Then is a journey throughout the United States. These shorts feature of a variety of film genres from dark comedies to suspenseful thrillers to somber Westerns
Throughout the night, you will have the opportunity to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.
Do you love movies? Then the TCM Classic Film Festival is a must attend event! This 4-day festival is where like-minded movie lovers get together to experience the best of cinema together. You’ll love the inside scoop from Hollywood’s best directors and actors. Cool venues include The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theater, Arclight Cinerama Dome, and more.