Los Angeles is the home of the Hollywood blockbuster, and even a slightly off-kilter “art” theater like the Cinefamily (is he talking about them again?) seems to remain relatively obscure no matter how interesting and accessible it is.

And yet, there are some places to see amazing films that might not have a plot or obvious point, like the Downtown Independent or the LA Film Forum.

One of the best places to see an occasional film that “expands definitions of the moving image” (their words) is REDCAT, that super cool, often super outre’ black box theater in the Disney Concert Hall.

Although there aren’t a huge number of film offerings (they do more theater and multimedia), you can bet that whatever you do see will blow your mind. And then you can wobble across the way to the little bar and talk your head off with total strangers – sometimes the artists themselves – about what you just saw, er, experienced. You won’t necessarily understand the stuff or even like it, but it is a rare opportunity to engage in a real cultural conversation in LA. In fact, those conversations are what makes all the programming at REDCAT so special. I have had my mind changed there about art many times – sometimes in the same evening.

So don’t think about it too hard. The tickets are really reasonably priced! If you have a free evening, just go.

Here are the film events scheduled for the remainder of the season.

LutherPrice_200 (1)Apr 07
Body and Flesh: The Tactile Cinema of Luther Price
Presented at storefront cinemas, underground performance venues and museums such as MoMA and the Whitney, Luther Price’s painstakingly handcrafted works layer viscerally distressed found film strips with provocative images, detritus, and anarchic patterns in a sensuous, even ecstatic, vision of entropy and mortality. Read more.


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Shelly Silver: Intimate Visions and Public Spaces
A double bill of works by Shelly Silver feature What I’m Looking For (2004), an essay film exploring the relationship between a female photographer and subjects met on the Internet; and Touch (2013), in which a gay man recounts his return to New York’s Chinatown after 50 years in order to care for his dying mother. Read more.


Apr 21
Small New Films
Survey handmade films commissioned for the Echo Park Film Center, affirming 12 years of independent spirit in an aesthetically eclectic range of works projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals. Read more.


Apr 28
The Art of Collision: Montage Films by Henry Hills
Uncovering the ethereal in the mundane and the abstract in the naturalistic, Henry Hills activates a heightened attentiveness in viewers through his signature use of montage—intensely concentrated, rhythmically complex, and replete with eccentric wit. In person: Henry Hills. Read more.


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Juan Manuel Echavarría: Coping with Violence, Defying Oblivion
A novelist–turned–artist, photographer and videomaker, Juan Manuel Echavarría screens two films: Bocas de Ceniza (Mouths of Ash, 2003) and Réquiem NN (2013) in which peasants in his native Colombia devise original ways of coping with entrenched everyday violence—bloody conflict among guerrillas, army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers that has persisted for decades. Read more.


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Dance Camera West
Focusing on the intersection of choreography and cinematography, the annual Dance Camera West festival offers a rich selection of some of the most thrilling dance for camera and dance media works made around the world today. Read more.
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