1. Origins: Spring 2011
    I Belong to No Country by Bianca Vazquez
    3:26, Super 8 on video.

    "Los Angeles is an amalgam of culturally diverse communities that embrace their traditions as well as appreciate and contribute to this great metropolis. In my film, I have explored intriguing people through moving portraits to exhibit their natural unadulterated personalities. Inspired by culture and societies, I wanted to document the individual personalities of the people in my life. I chose to film in black and white because I wanted to contrast the plain monotony with diverse people so that their own colors can shine through. The song accompanying my film is an improvisation done by my friend Victoria Elizabeth. Her song complements my vision through her simple, ambient singing. This too adds juxtaposition, because her song contains no words, but only hums, and creative voice melodies, with the backing of a loopy accordion rhythm. Her song seems to convey a narrative without words, which further enhances the contrast between black and white; it's just really pure—not fancy or extravagant, just simple."

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  2. Origins: Spring 2011
    Willowbrook by Alyssa Osorio
    4:47, video.

    “I’ve always been curious about the infamous saying that ‘everyone has a story,’ and as I grew older and gained a larger relationship and interest in art and it’s community of artists. My curiosity then also grew about what is the ‘real’ story of some of these artists and what their origins are; of not only their lives, but also the work they create. So I decided to create this film to not only fulfill my curiosity but to also take the audience on a journey through the lives of three different artists that are all at different points and positions of their careers.”

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  3. Origins: Spring 2011
    Roots by Atiyeh Hess
    2:19, video.

    "Though the multiple metaphorical possibilities of the flower in "Roots" are purposefully ambiguous, something can still be said about it. The path of life may lead to places that were unimaginable at its beginning. A person's native environment may be abandoned, or demolished, but the source of one's being is carried within, and can never be lost. This is my first stop-motion animation short film."

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  4. Origins: Spring 2011
    3 Minutes of 20 by Auguste Somers
    3:08, Super 8 on video.

    "To make my film, '3 Minutes of 20', I set out on a journey in Griffith Park for an hour and a half so I could get 20 minutes of footage of its natural beauty. Unfortunately, I didn't know that the film we were given only holds 3 minutes of footage. Thus much of the film I was shooting wasn't even being shot. Even though this is an undesirable circumstance it leaves the viewer to wonder, if this is just the beginning of an adventure, how epic is the rest of it?"

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  5. Origins: Spring 2011
    Ambience by Bella Echeverria
    4:49, Super 8 on video.

    "Originally I wanted to show how different and distinct the urban and natural landscapes were but once I began the process of filming I realized that things were not going to work out exactly as I had originally planned. Once I was filming, I was able to experience how different the two atmospheres were. In the city, I was constantly being watched by passers by and kept having to watch out about running into people while filming. It was also relatively crowded and chaotic; there was movement everywhere. In the forest, it was very quiet and as we hiked higher, it became less populated by people. Everything was still and calm and I felt like I could think more clearly. After a long process of editing, I came to the conclusion that the original landscape idea wasn't going to work well and I had to figure something else out. The finished product presented itself as an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of these two very different places and also to remind people that the city was born out of the natural atmosphere and mutated itself into what we now recognize as our natural atmosphere, the city."

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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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