Downtown Film Festival LA

Screening . SN performance "Lantern Dogs"

SOUND NOMADS Performance | Video Work . Lantern Dogs Details


Downtown Film Festival — Los Angeles is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to showcasing cinema in the historic core of the Film Capital of the World. At the advent of cinema in U.S. in the early 20th century, downtown L.A. was the epicenter of the film industry. It boasted more "movie palaces" that anywhere else in the world. Today, while many of these architecturally significant structures no longer serve their original function, it is indeed fortunate the majority have survived intact and plans call for their total restoration.

Today, downtown L.A. is the midst of a renaissance. Always the heart of city government, the hub of transportation for the region and for decades the largest business center on the West Coast, downtown L.A. is also now the nexus of the city's creative community with artists and filmmakers rubbing shoulders with businessmen and politicians. The vibrant residential community, which lives in lofts in historic high-rises and brand new glass and steel towers, boasts the enviable median residential income of $99,000 - more than Beverly Hills.

It is in the spirit, then, of downtown L.A.'s cinematic roots and its transformation as a "new urban center" that the festival was established.

In its initial edition in 2008, Downtown Film Festival — L.A. presented more than 200 feature and short films and videos, including studio, independent, vintage and experimental motion pictures. The festival was held in venues throughout downtown Los Angeles, notably the historic Los Angeles Theatre and Orpheum Theatre, the Los Angeles Center Studio, Laemmle's Downtown Grande four-plex and SCI-Arc (the Southern Calif. Institute of Architecture).

The 2nd annual Downtown Film Festival — L.A. will be held
Wednesday, August 12 to Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Digital Arts Shorts Program

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art presents a series of experimental shorts utilizing creativity at the intersection of art and technology. Selected by Rex Bruce, director and principal curator at LACDA, and Rita Gonzalez, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of art.

Included works:

Vonda Yarberry
"Blank: the tension between knowing and not knowing"
2009 Animation and Video

Christi Nielsen
"Fear Itself"
2009 Video Performance

Michael Lasater

Joe Merrell
"Tomorrow Never Comes"
2009 Single-channel video

Annabel Manning
Immigration Series "eye to i"
2009 video, digital paintings, symTone and imovie

Ger Ger
"Lantern Dogs"
2006/2007 Video, Sensor Based Performance

Barbara Horiuchi
"Mizu no Kokoro"
2008 Video Short

Yoshie Sakai
"Come One, Eat All"
2007 Video

J.R. Baldwin
"Atlas Rising"
2009 Video Animation

Michael Henderson
"Little Letters"
2009 Digital Video

Time | Location

The festival runs Aug 12-22.

Digital Arts Shorts Screenings: Sat, Aug 15 2009, 5PM at the AT&T Center. View Google Map


Digital Arts Shorts 2009 Details . Downtown Film Festival Website . Facebook Page