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Echo Park Film Center: What I Love About Concrete

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 19, 2014

Echo  Park Film Center

August 24
8:00 p.m.
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Hosted by: Echo Park Film Center

The teen comedy genre gets a surrealist twist in the impressive debut feature What I Love About Concrete by co-directors Katherine Dohan and Alanna Stewart, and co-conspirator Brett Hanover. Dohan will be in attendace for a post-screening Q&A.

A teenage girl wakes up one morning to discover that she is slowly transforming into a swan, making her high school experience all the more awkward and confusing.

Giant bird flapping its arms

This incredibly charming film was shot over the course of several years in the Memphis, Tennessee area and was recently selected as the Opening Night film of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. By giving a creative transformation to the main charater, as well as incorporating liberal doses of great absurdist humor, the filmmakers have given the teen humor genre an original and winning spin.

From the Underground Film Journal’s original review of What I Love About Concrete:

The film also eschews the traditional types of romantic subplots all too common to not only the teen film genre, but also to female-centric films set in the adult world. Molly is rendered as a strong and independent girl as she navigates the confusing world around her.

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