Off-Site Film: LACMA9 Shorts Program

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 7 pm
Total running time: 79 minutes

Short films are nimble shape shifters, embodying a latitude of expression that longer works often cannot. LACMA9 presents a collection of all ages-friendly shorts, from beloved children's classics to auteur films celebrating people and places. 

Daybreak Express
1953, five minutes, rated G
Directed by D. A. Pennebaker
A vivid, kaleidoscopic, and kinetic trek through former New York City El train lines set to a Duke Ellington score.

Olivia's Place
1966, six minutes, rated G, 16 mm
Directed by Thom Andersen
An intimate portrait of the patrons, workers, and objects inside Olivia’s Place, a long-defunct Santa Monica diner. Aware the diner would soon be gone, Andersen captured its essence in this series of moments, as a tribute.

1979, six minutes, not rated, 16 mm
Directed by Chick Strand
A haunting black-and-white film dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank. The abstract, shimmering water hints at images of the film’s namesake catastrophe.

The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony
2010, 28 minutes, not rated
Created by the Echo Park Film Center
Shot on Super 8 black-and-white film, this is a cinematic exploration of Los Angeles’s many environments and landscapes. A 2010 collaboration between the Los Angeles City Symphony and the Echo Park Film Center (a local nonprofit), the short film is the masterwork of youth who spent over 14 weeks capturing the dynamic sights and sounds of their neighborhoods. The film opens with the young filmmakers’ proclamation “This is my city!” and is over in the blink of an eye.

Red Balloon
1956, 34 minutes, rated G
Directed by Albert Lamorisse
French, with English subtitles
Filmed in Paris’s Ménilmontant neighborhood, this newly restored fantasy featurette remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. Follow a young boy’s fable-like adventures with a voiceless balloon as they become nearly inseparable on the streets of Paris.

In conjunction with the Montebello Art+Film Lab presented by LACMA, watch a diverse selection of outdoor films—Hollywood classics, independents, and international films that are sure to capture your imagination.

Montebello City Park, Montebello | 7 pm
Free and open to the public
Note: Montebello City Park is located at 199 S. Taylor Avenue, Montebello, CA 90640.

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