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We allllmost missed this on the radar, but this is the last weekend for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, and there are still quite a few amazing films still scheduled for screenings.

One of those films is Mamitas, which has gotten some pretty rave reviews and awards since its release in 2007, was filmed all over Echo Park. Directed by Nicholas Ozeki, the film is about a young casanova trying to teach his friends how to hit on girls. Here’s the synopsis from the LA Film Fest website:

“At school, Jordin is a cocky but charming Latino firebrand; at home he is a doting grandson who can’t seem to please his perpetually cranky father. On the day he’s suspended for insulting a teacher, Jordin meets Felipa, a bookish, no-nonsense New York girl who sees past the swaggering facade. The two immediately embark on an unlikely friendship that inspires Jordin to find out who he really is.

“Beautifully shot in Echo Park and against Los Angeles’ downtown skyline, this beguiling coming-of-age romance introduces two phenomenal young actors in EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza and a remarkable new talent in first time feature filmmaker Nicholas Ozeki.”

And Echo Park looks gorgeous, as always!

You can still get tickets for the two remaining screenings at the festival for tonight’s 10:20 pm showing and tomorrow’s 12:00 noon showing. Click here for tickets and more info.

We managed to track down a trailer for your sneak peak!

Related articles:

“Los Angeles Film Festival: ‘Mamitas’ continues a coming-of-age tradition.” LA Times, June 22, 2010

Echo Park filmmaker E.E. Cassidy’s debut Film We Are the Mods is now playing at the Downtown Independent Theater. The film will be showing there through through this week (ending July 23). Here’s a little synopsis:

Sadie’s art is her photography.  Nico’s art is her life. Together they explore Britain’s 60’s mod culture of music, fashion, drugs and vintage scooters in contemporary Los Angeles. Sadie observes the world through the lens of her 35 mm camera, but everything changes when she meets Nico, the new “mod” girl who was born with Milroy’s disease that causes her to have abnormal swelling in her foot.  Nico doesn’t hide her disability, in fact she loves the spotlight. Sadie is drawn into Nico’s thrilling world of aesthetics where Sadie learns about herself and who she really is.

LA Weekly gave Cassidy’s film a great review, so be sure to go check it out.

Thursday, June 17 @ 8:00 pm – OPEN SCREEN
Our quarterly cinematic free-for-all dares you to share your film with the feisty EPFC audience. Any genre! Any style! New, old, work-in-progress! First come, first screened; one film per filmmaker; 10 minute maximum. DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, 8mm, 16mm. FILMMAKERS GET IN FREE!

Monday, June 21 @ 7:30 pm – FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE
Join us for the latest crop of local indies hosted by Filmmakers Alliance and get inspired to greenlight yourself! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! FREE!

Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25 @ 8:00 – TIJUANA SHOWCASE
Join EPFC and guest curator and filmmaker Giancarlo Ruiz for a special two-night showcase of the best new cinematic work from Tijuana. Giancarlo Ruiz is a filmmaker and an actor. He is also co-founder of the collective “La Luciernaga Colectivo Escenico” with Raquel Presa in Tijuana and the acting troupe “The Travellin’ Zoo” with Joseph J. Stephen and Wayne Shi in San Diego. Ruiz is also co-founder of the annual film festival RECORTOS48 in the city of Tijuana. So many good films are being made in Tijuana right now that we had t o fill two nights! Each night will be a completely different program so be sure to be at both! FILMMAKER/CURATOR GIANCARLO RUIZ IN ATTENDANCE!

Don't you just wanna sit on his lap and have him tell you stories about being a vaudeville performer?

In the first couple decades of the 20th century, Echo Park was the center of the West Coast film industry. Called Edendale at the time, it was the location of several major silent film studios including Keystone Studios, Pathe West Coast and Selig-Polyscope. Even Fox Studios was located here before William Fox changed its location to Sunset and Western in 1917. The studios were located along what is now Glendale Blvd. (called Allesandro Street at the time) near the 2 freeway terminus.

Selig-Polyscope was the first motion picture studio in Edendale and, in fact, the first motion picture studio to be located on the west coast. Its founder, William Selig, moved it here from its original location in Chicago in 1909. Selig’s story is a fascinating one as he was truly a visionary and a pioneer in the early days of film making. He developed his own way of making a motion picture camera in order to not have to pay a patent fee to Thomas Edison’s company. He was the first motion picture producer to move his studio to Los Angeles. He made almost a thousand films in his studio in Edendale before moving its location to Lincoln Heights (East Los Angeles) in 1917. He also opened up a zoo in Lincoln Park in 1915 and had plans to turn it into a big ol’ amusement park with rides and everything.

However, Selig-Polyscope was unable to survive the transition to full-length films and closed in 1918. As for the zoo, “only a single carousel was ever built and the crowds never came” (Thanks to Wikipedia for the hear-wrenching imagery), and it finally shut down in the 1930s. Selig lost almost everything else he had in the Great Depression and spent the last few years of his life working as a literary agent. He died in 1948, but his memory lives on through Los Angeles history nerds (like me). Think of him every time you see that big empty lot on Glendale and Clifford.

The Echoplex is hosting a FREE, all ages screening of The White Stripes Under the Great White Northern Lights, a film about the band’s 2007 tour of Canada. Click here to watch the trailer.

Doors open at 7:30 pm, and the free screening starts at 8:00 pm. The film will be projected over the stage with seating and peppermint candies provided. Click here to RSVP

The Echoplex is located at 1154 Glendale Blvd.