1. Origins: Spring 2011
    Something Tangible by Victoria Velasco
    1:28, video.

    "The Tongva people of the Los Angeles area had several variations of their creation myth. In this particular film adaptation, Chinigchinich made his first appearance at the sacred site of Povuu'ngna, now a part of the Cal State Long Beach campus. Chinigchinich, the creator god, made the first humans out of clay from a nearby river. Among the First People (which were animal beings and not humans), Chinigchinich appointed the chiefs who were given the power to rule over the people he created. He notified the first humans of the rules they were to follow and gave them instructions on how to build a temple in his honor. And, of course, he taught them how to dance. After Chinigchinich died, he ascended into the stars to watch over his people. While cultural beliefs are significant to certain groups of people, others need "something tangible" to understand the importance of such myths. I chose to animate this story because I felt that it portrayed the strong connection to the earth that defined many parts of life for the Tongva."

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  3. Origins: Spring 2011
    This Land Was Made for You and Me by Sarah Neal
    1:39, video.

    "Origins. When I first heard the theme of film we were going to create, I thought, how in the hell am I supposed to portray that? If you haven't noticed, most of Los Angeles is industrialized. You can hardly go anywhere without seeing a car or a piece of trash or a building. I take public transportation to EPFC from Pasadena, which gives me plenty of time to observe my surroundings. I see the beautiful mountains and five minutes later I'll see graffiti. I'll see an advertisement for Subway and a cup from the same establishment on the ground next to it. I wanted to compare images of the land pre-industrialization to what humans have turned it into and remind people the consequences of their actions that they have accustomed to and often overlook. The film is set to the classic song, "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, which people most associate with America, but think to yourself, do you see an "endless skyway" or power lines? When you look down, do you see a "golden valley" illuminated by sunshine or the glare of an office building? Is this land still made for you and me?"

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  4. Origins: Spring 2011
    My Secret Garden by Maddy Flagg
    4:39, video.

    "Every day I walk past a garden that's full of memories and pretty little pink flowers. You see there's very little nature in my town, but my elementary school had three different gardens that I was raised with. I had a lot of memories there and I wanted to show you guys the garden but I didn't want to totally expose it because I care about it so much. In this video I feature my favorite, the one I've known the longest, and the most beautiful of the three gardens. My Secret Garden."

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  5. Origins: Spring 2011
    Nahmoo/Arbre by Kathleen Choi
    4:18, video.

    "So many of us today think that our fast-paced, urban society is disconnected from the world of nature we once loved. In the midst of our busy lives, we often times lose sight of the peace that the land gives us. However, through the perspective of a tall, aging tree, my work explores how we will always be connected with the natural world, our lives and actions weaved into the growth of the land. I want to promote environmental awareness, and how we need to maintain a balance between our current, ever-changing surroundings and our roots, the land we are inevitably tied to. Many people feel that despite of and because of our dependence on technology, we hold it in contempt. I want to disprove that common misconception of contemporary living. Poet Walt Whitman once said, "Be curious, not judgmental." Thus, I call my viewers to stop blaming modern society for ruining our natural connection to the earth, but rather be inquisitive and discover what we can do to sustain harmony."

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Origins : EPFC Youth Class Spring 2011

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Film/Video work from the Echo Park Film Center's Spring 2011 Youth Class centered around stories, visions, and experiences of native Los Angeles and the history of the land.

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