Jonathan Schwartz made films as he lived his life. His short works are gestures of appreciation and awe towards the world and for those he loved. They are often also dialogs with texts and ideas he found compelling. In all his 16mm films, he gives expression to both the beauties of the concrete and the transience and potency of ineluctable time. A flower, a face, melting ice, a shift in light — Jonathan’s lens holds them with generosity and care, for his and our gaze. Time becomes a palpable preoccupation through his filming of the seasons and their variations, and in his own cinematic processes. These include his physical movements with the camera and the in-camera winding and re-winding of filmstock to embody both his and the world’s fortuitous memory.
At 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90057 In person introduction by Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English at UC Riverside Tickets: $15 general, $8 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members At https://link.dice.fm/jccd3e610c1d
Los Angeles to Seoul is 5973 miles, but the distance of a loved one lost is so much further. When my father was mentally and physically suffering while I was in California and he was across the ocean, I learned that the idea of “grief” is neither simple nor easily dismissed. The feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt – in the face of pressure to “move on,” – get imprinted in the body and in one’s interactions with the world.
From 77 year-old Sandi, to formerly incarcerated Lori, to guinea pig lover Tracy, Long Haulers defies stereotypes and gives a platform to women who have often been marginalized and type-casted. Sharing their sorrows and triumphs, viewers learn who these women are, and what keeps them trucking.
Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Wyvernwood Chronicles: Part 1 Sunday June 11, 2023, 7:30 pm At 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90057 In person: filmmaker Diego Robles, Wyvernwood resident Roberto Mojica, and programmer Jorge Ravelo
We are excited and honored to partner with the Secret Movie Club to present a special screening of Dziga Vertov’s montage/documentary/experimental masterpiece Man With A Movie Camera with live original score by Austin, Texas indie chamber group Montopolis.
One of the most influential documentaries ever made, the film recently placed 8th on the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest films of all time poll. The live score by Montopolis has been called "stunning and transcendent" by the Austin Chronicle.