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Los Angeles As A Character: Call For Entries

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 11, 2008

Drawing of the Los Angeles skyline

Los Angeles is huge and, if it were a person, it would have the biggest case of split personality syndrome in the history of mankind.

This November, there’s going to be a one-night-only screening event that celebrates the diversity of what has to be the most filmed city on the planet. But don’t think of L.A. as just a location, think of it as a living, breathing entity with as much personality as any actor honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you’ve made an L.A.-specific short film that you think really captures the spirit of the city, submit it to Los Angeles as a Character by Oct. 1 to be a part of this special event.

This event, which will be held on Nov. 15 at the Echo Park Film Center, is being organized by Charles Doran, whom we’re big fans of here on the Underground Film Journal. We’ve seen two of his short films, Westsider and Ennui, and both of those do a spot-on, perfect job of capturing specific locations: Ennui poking fun at Eastside hipster-ism and Westsider chronicling the tensions between the beachy Westside and the deserty Valley.

Doran will screen those two films and some other work, but he’s really looking for fellow filmmaking compadres who have similarly dealt with L.A.’s unique identity, or identities. Here’s what he’s looking for in his words:

How is Los Angeles defined? Is it a city, a state of mind or an identity? Hollywood backdrop? What makes it unique? Or is the answer something altogether different?

Los Angeles as a Character is a screening that will showcase narrative, experimental and documentary short films and videos with the city of Los Angeles as a peripheral or central, theme, backdrop or character.

For full guidelines and submission info, please visit the Los Angeles as a Character website, then come out for the screening for what promises to be a great event.

Oct. 1

(no entry fee)

Nov. 15

Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90026