Dances Made to Order

An Interview with Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr of the Echo Park Film Center

2/27/2013 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo

Paolo Davanzo, Founder/Executive Director and Lisa Marr, Operations Director/Youth Film Coordinator of the Echo Park Film Center and the Echo Park Filmmobile take a few moments to speak us about fun upcoming screenings, books and traveling back in time.

What are some of the upcoming screenings at the Echo Park Film Center you are particularly excited about?

The EPFC 60-seat microcinema hosts screenings of fabulous experimental and documentary films every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and there’s a ton of great stuff coming up! Definitely check out the LA AIR screenings on the last Thursday of each month… LA AIR is EPFC’s new artist-in-residence program that invites local filmmakers to utilize EPFC resources in creating a new cinematic work over a 4-week period. Always fun, always free, always inspiring! Check the EPFC calendar for more details… http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/cinema/schedule.html

What are some other projects you are looking forward to this year?

It’s all film all the time at EPFC in 2013! We’ll be showing folks how to process film with coffee instead of chemicals, hosting Super 8 scavenger hunts, doing free outdoor screenings all over town with the Filmmobile and the Filmcicle (keep your eyes peeled for the big blue bus and the little black bike!), welcoming visiting filmmakers from Berlin and Rotterdam, making a 16mm City Symphony in India and just generally celebrating the magic of the moving image every single day. Why don’t you join us?

Name a book that changed your life…

A People’s History of the United States, a truly transformative masterpiece by the always-inspiring Howard Zinn.

If you could live in another time period, which would that be?

Echo Park 1914, back when it was known as Edendale and the Mack Sennett Studio was in full force (three films a week!) just down the street from EPFC. Pies were flying, tramps caused trouble, bathing beauties batted eyelashes, dogs saved the day and the Cyclorama kept the Keystone Kops running in endless circles. Good times!

Favorite libation and where you get it… 

We just got back from working on a film project in Hanoi so we’re obsessed with cà phê sữa nóng, aka strong Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. Via Café in Chinatown is a good spot for a local fix.

Earliest cinematic memory:

Watching Super 8 home movies of family vacations, filmed by our papas.

Favorite restaurant:

ELF Café, because the sweet people there serve delicious vegetarian and vegan food in an elegant setting right around the corner from EPFC!

Current pop culture obsession(s):

Freaks and Geeks (it’s not current but it’s our current obsession…)