Mike Rollo is a Montreal-based experimental documentary filmmaker who specializes in making films that deal with issues of geography and identity. For example, his award-winning Ghosts and Gravel Roads features photographs placed in and around abandoned homes out in the middle of nowhere. Viewers are left trying to determine what relation, if any, there is between the people in the photos and the locations.
James Fotopoulos is an incredibly prolific filmmaker who has been turning out dozens — actually probably hundreds — of experimental and avant-garde feature films and shorts since the early ’90s. He made a huge splash in the underground film world in the late ’90s and early ’00s with a trio of acclaimed feature-length movies — Zero, Migrating Forms and Back Against the Wall — shot on 16mm film and which took semi-familiar concepts, such as the romantic drama and the gangster thriller, and twisted them through an unconventional prism of storytelling, disturbing visuals and unflattering characters.
Many of his short films and his more recent work are highly experimental in nature, shot on video and have been collaborations with other filmmakers and artists such as Raymond Pettibon, Ben Coonley and Cory Arcangel.
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The Echo Park Film Center is an awesome non-profit microcinema and media arts outreach organization located in Los Angeles, California. They hold several screenings a week, many by local independent and underground filmmakers who are in attendance for Q&A and chatting before and after the films.
EPFC also holds low-cost media-making classes, including instruction on digital editing and Super 8 and 16mm filmmaking and hand-processing. They also hold special workshops on processes like stop-motion animation, pinhole camera making. And, most excitingly, they hold several week-long classes for youths interested in becoming filmmaking.
Plus, there’s the Filmmobile, a traveling cinema and film class venue, which takes their message of filmmaking for the masses to audiences far outside their local Echo Park neighborhood.
If you live in Los Angeles, this is a really amazing place to check out and to see an intimate screening at.
Todd Verow is a prolific filmmaker working out of Maine through Bangor Films, the production company he runs with James Derek Dwyer. Verow has been directing digital video dramas, mysteries and comedies since the late 1990s. His films are typically intense character studies about people living in extreme situations, from an aging female punk rock almost-star in The Once & Future Queen to a gay man, devastated by the death of his lover, who goes on a chaotic tour of Europe with an Italian scream queen in The Boy With the Sun in His Eyes.
Most of his films are available on DVD, while A Sudden Loss of Gravity and The Once & Future Queen can be streamed on Netflix.