HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, October 27 at 8 PM and Saturday, October 28 at 2 PM and 4PM
In 1999, a group of us living and working at the University of California, Irvine had an idea to start a Human Right’s Film Festival. We had all been involved in social justices causes since the 80s in one form or another – education, direct action, volunteerism, advocacy and activism. The seed was planted and the festival has continued in one form or another now in its 18 incarnation. The Film Festival moved to the Echo Park Film Center shortly after we opened in 2001. This year’s festival will fall on Friday, October 27 and Saturday October 28th with a screening and small reception Friday night (8PM start time) and then two matinee screenings Saturday at 2PM and 4PM. All events are FREE and open to everyone!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th – 8PM – FREE
Buzz One Four – A documentary film by Matt McCormick
2017 / 60 minutes / Rodeo Film Company
Buzz One Four is a documentary film that chronicles the ill-fated flight of a Cold War B-52 bomber loaded with two thermonuclear bombs that crashed 90 miles from Washington, DC. Evidence suggests that the crash, which put the safety of the bombs and the crewmen aboard the plane in great peril, could have easily been prevented had Air Force leadership followed the advice of their own safety officials. The crash has remained classified and details continue to be repressed by the Air Force, but it is a story the filmmaker grew up with because the pilot of the plane was his grandfather. Buzz One Four investigates the aspects of this crash and other nuclear-weapons accidents and leaves us wondering if the United States was in greater danger of nuking itself than being attacked by the Russians. More info: www.buzzonefour.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th – 2PM, 4PM & 8PM – FREE
2PM – Human Rights Open Screen – Please bring films 10 minutes or less that address relevant social issues we are dealing with today. EPFC will also screen some rec student and Co-op member work that discusses issues of immigration, gentrification and class in America.
4PM – Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) empowers veterans and filmmakers fr around the world to tell true stories about the veteran experience to other veterans and glo citizens alike. VDC strives to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles and successes that define the veteran experience through the art of documentar filmmaking. Our stories come from all branches of service, military jobs, campaigns and nations. Our filmmakers are all seasoned professionals and artists. We have made 30 sho films. By 2020, we aim to have completed 100 total.
6PM – Light Reception and Dinner Break – Please hang out as we chat informal with our new family of filmmakers, activists and community members and share food and conversation.
8PM – LA AIR Screening at the Echo Park Lake – OUTDOORS – Please join us for a magical evening of “films under the stars” as we screen recent work by Gelare Khoshgozaran, Alima Jennings and Alan Nakagawa, filmmakers in the EPFC Los Angeles Artist-in-residency program (LA AIR).
ALL EVENTS FREE – EVERYONE WELCOME!!!