Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
Director Erin Espelie In person!
Erin Espelie: True Life Adventures

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year. For more information, visit http://www.lafilmforum.org.

With a degree in molecular and cell biology from Cornell University and an MFA in experimental and documentary arts from Duke University, Erin Espelie is a filmmaker, writer, researcher and editor, whose science-based experimental and poetic documentaries have shown at the New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the British Film Institute's Experimenta, CPH:DOX, the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and more.

Films include:

California Premiere! "What Part of the Earth Is Inhabited" (2010, Super8 to 16mm, color, silent, 8 min.) Plants, age-old rocks, algae, fungus, lizards, crabs and other sea creatures pass before the camera, but for the presence of which we might imagine they have done so for eons quite indifferent to the curiosity and observations of the human race.

Los Angeles Premiere! "Silent Springs" (2011, Super8 and 16mm to 16mm, color, sound, 13 min.) As diversity of life reduces, we further lose the ability to be amphibious (from Greek, to lead dual lives), to be above a surface and below.

Los Angeles Premiere! "The Sea Seeks Its Own Level" (2014, Super 8 film to 16mm, color, sound, 5 min.) A journey from ice-capped mountains down to the Irish Sea.

California Premiere! "Beyond Expression Bright" (2012, HD digital video and Super8 film mastered to HD digital video, color, sound, 9 min.) Trespassing upon the past and the present in the study of sunlight.

Los Angeles Premiere! "True-Life Adventures" (2014, HD digital video, color, sound, 16 min.) Using audio from early eponymous Disney films, this trilogy confounds traditional nature documentaries in its adherence to strict time and spatial limits.

World Premiere! "Tenebrio molitor (Violent Death Spirits / Consumers)" (2014, HD digital video, color, sound, 6 min.) 10 quintillion insects live on the planet - 300 pounds of insects for every pound of human flesh. They drive decomposition, dissolution and decay that makes way for the new.

Los Angeles Premiere! "视网膜 (A Net to Catch the Light)" (2016, HD digital video & hand-processed 16mm (hi-con), color and B&W, sound, 9 min.) With a nod to Wallace Stevens (“the light is like a spider”), this piece contrasts digital imagery with hand-processed 16mm footage of an orb-weaver.

Los Angeles Premiere! "内共生 (Inside the Shared Life)" (2017, HD digital video & 16mm film, color and B&W, sound, 9 min.) Underwater creatures - snapping shrimp and bearded seals and more - populate the soundscape here, alongside the ghost voice of biologist Lynn Margulis.

We’re delighted to host Erin Espelie, who also currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Natural History magazine, at the first screening of her short films in Los Angeles.
Running time approximately 90 minutes. | Ticket prices: $12 General, $8 Members (and students/seniors at the door with ID). Filmforum members are free; check the Filmforum website for ticket reservation link.
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sun, Nov 10, 2019 • 7:30pm

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