EPFC | June 22nd, 2015
For 12 consecutive weeks a group of students including myself were blessed with the opportunity to participate in the EPFC’s spring youth class: Lost and Found. Over the course of the twelve weeks a collective of students including myself learned about what found art was, the history, and how its plays a roll in our everyday lives. Majority of the classes involved doing things hands on which was great because thats the best way to really understand whatever it is you are learning. For example during one of the classes we went on a walk around our lovely community and collected a bunch of objects that would usually be seen as trash and gave them a whole new meaning by creating these sculptures then photographing them. Another day we made text art collages from penny saver ads, our text messages, and our old emails. Overall the coolest thing we had to have done was using old cassette tapes to make new audio recordings that sounded distorted, dreamy, and just down right creepy. Before the class I never really gave much thought to found art but being able to learn all about it and its history was truly fascinating and mind altering. Throughout the experimenting phase we were encouraged to really think and create ideas for what we wanted our final project to be. All the films, photographs, and artists we researched helped make the whole entire process easier. Since majority of us were new to this the teachers were very understanding and open to answering all our questions. In fact they all encouraged us to ask questions! The environment was so free flowing and homey it made for such an amazing class. I have lost count of how many classes I have taken here but what I am certain about is that each one only gets better and better. Thank you EPFC for continuing to bless me with the opportunity to participate in these super amazing classes and I look forward to what August has in store for the next youth class!
*Our next youth filmmaking class, PROCESS, CONTACT, MOVEMENT! A HANDS-ON 16MM FILM WORKSHOP is now open! Register here: http://www.archive.echoparkfilmcenter.org/events/process-contact-movement-a-hands-on-16mm-film-workshop-epfc-summer-youth-workshop/