2003, 169 min, Dir: Thom Andersen

Southern California practically bleeds celluloid; virtually everywhere you turn, you’ll see a location that once doubled as a film set. Director Thom Andersen plays private eye in this sardonic video essay, revisiting the scenes of cinematic crimes and triumphs and unraveling the tangled relationship between the movies and our metropolis. Both Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels. A Cinematheque favorite - see it now on the big screen!

2009, Optic Nerve Productions, 67 min, USA, Dir: Robert Bates

This captivating documentary follows the food-to-table movement and the dynamic people behind it, who believe that the re-instating of good food and health into local communities is a primary cultural goal. From the urban food deserts of Harlem to the inner labyrinths of celebrity kitchens of Greg Higgins, Alice Waters and Peter Hoffman, INGREDIENTS makes a compelling case for the positive impact of local food purchases.

2009, 80 min, USA, Dir: Olivier Bonin

Born in the underground of San Francisco in the 1980s, the Burning Man festival became the largest counter-cultural event in North America. It is unique in that it is created by the people who come to the event - the participants, not the organizers. In that sense its original ideals have survived for 30 years, despite some erosion by time and pressure from the larger society. This film is a look at the evolution and expansion of the event to a multimillion dollar business, and how politics might have replaced philosophy.

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