Everyone knows that Los Angeles is the epicenter of filmmaking. And what better way to celebrating the craft of filmmaking by providing a series of workshops focused on the creative process of film production under one roof, sparking creativity, imagination and collaboration. Under the guise of “The Levi’s Workshops”, amateur and professional filmmakers alike have open door access (as in FREE) not only to equipment, but other tools and resources to help bring their vision from concept to reality.
From now through July 14, Geffen Contemporary @ Moca plays host to Levi’s Film Workshops which not only includes instructional, hands on workshops, but film screenings, music and film premiers as well as guest speakers who will present on topics such as Intro to 16mm Filmmaking, Film Editing, Loop-Making/Direct Animation, and Sound Design…just to name a few. And what’s even more exciting, at least for me anyway, is that the theme for the month is FOOD! Yes, it’s all about food and film, and together, it’s a recipe for success!
I was invited by Foodbuzz and Levi’s to check out the venue for this one of kind project. Foodbuzz is the largest online community of food bloggers that provides content distribution who share a passion for food and dining. As a Featured Publisher, I accepted the assignment to find out more about The Levi’s Workshop‘s pairing of film and food. Food aficionados will be able to enjoy the following food-themed events and workshops planned at the Levi’s Film Workshops at MOCA, Geffen Contemporary, and Cinefamily:
- Film screening of Cesar (1936), the inspiration behind the name of chef Alice Waters’ well-known Berkeley restaurant which features two characters from the film–Panisse and Fanny and pays homage to the denizens of Marseilles. Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. and Lucques will be on hand to introduce the film. A small reception will follow in the courtyard will follow the screening. (Cinefamily: Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.).
- Animal Restaurant will host a special screening of Martin Scorcese’s Italianamerican. The film, to be introduced by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, includes interviews with Scorcese’s parents about their life in New York and their family history in Sicily. A small reception in the courtyard will follow. (Cinefamily: Thursday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m.).
- Want to play with your food? Join the Stop-Motion Title Sequence Workshop with Clare Crespo, a self-proclaimed “food artist” of yummyfun.com who will lead the workstop on the basics of stop-motion animation. Starring in the workshop will be various food items including fruits, vegetables, meats and more. Crespo will work with participants to create animated title sequences for the Wild Goodness film project. (Levi’s Film Workshop at MOCA: Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.).
- Classic Film “The Grapes of Wrath“, John Ford’s Oscar-winning film (1940), will be introduced by Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms for this special screening. This film follows the experience of thousands of Americans evicted from “Dust Bowl” farmlands. A reception in the Cinefamily courtyard will be held following the screening. (Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.).
The highlight of the month is the film premiere of “The Hunger“, three short films that will look at three essential food-isms in the culinary world: GROWING, PREPARING and SERVING—featuring three of the most innovative, creative, and influential pioneers on the food scene today:
- GROWING: Spotlight on Futurefarmers & Silver Lake Farms. Introducing Wild Goodness. Directed by Aaron Rose.
- PREPARING: Spotlight on Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Directed by Lorenzo Fonda.
- SERVING: Spotlight on Kogi BBQ. Directed by Ace Norton.
The Hunger will premiere at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will be able to celebrate the harvest of the Margaret Kilgallen Memorial Farm, taste unique food made on site while enjoying music.
Check out these and other events at: http://workshops.levi.com/
GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY @ MOCA
152 N. Central Avenue (at 1st Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Opens at 11am daily; closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday.
Closes at 5pm (Monday); 8pm (Thursday); 5pm (Friday); 9pm (Saturday) and 6pm (Sunday)
TRANSPORATION: You can take the Metrolink Red Line to the Civic Center or the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District.
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