Echo Park Film Center

Fund: $20,000

Echo Park Film Center (established 2001) and the EPFC Collective (launched 2022) provide accessible, no-and-low-cost community film/video workshops, screenings, resources and residencies in Los Angeles and beyond. Echo Park Film Center has returned to their itinerant roots as the EPFC Collective, a diverse group of artists, activists, and educators dedicated to sharing media arts equipment and skills; partnering with arts, education, and social justice organizations; and supporting the creation and exhibition of heartfelt, handmade movies around the globe.

Testing The Waters invites EPFC Youth Program Alumni to “return to the fold” and re-engage with analog techniques and technologies, referring both to the idea of trying something new and to eco-processing with local plants, water, and other native ingredients. The artists include Lily Sarosi originally from Los Angeles, committed to researching and creating liberatory media for survivors of sexual violence. Araceli Veloz is an image-maker and community organizer based in Los Angeles. A contributor to the Free The Land collective, she is passionate about analog media and process-based art making. Harper Paradowski is an artist living in Los Angeles working mainly as a muralist and ceramicist. He is dedicated to taking his practice outside of the studio and into the streets and communities of Los Angeles.