Tag: indie films

The Empire Files: Gaza Fights For Freedom Premiere w/Q&A – June 20th

Be the first to see the new Empire Files documentary, ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’, at its world premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles.

Click here to watch the official movie trailer!

This riveting collaboration between The Empire Files and a heroic team of Palestinian videographers in Gaza features exclusive coverage of the ‘Great March of Return’ protests, and extensive evidence—with frontline footage and victim testimony—of Israeli war crimes.

The premiere marks the one year anniversary of the killing of famed Gaza medic Razan al-Najjar by Israeli snipers (on June 1, 2018) and features never-before-seen interviews with Razan’s immediate family, medics who treated her, and victims shot down alongside her.

Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film’s creators, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner.

Join us before and after the screening for a reception. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

LA Guild of Puppetry presents Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call w/Q&A – June 8th

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents a special screening of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, along with the short documentary film Gloria’s Call

Handmade Puppet Dreams is an award winning film series created by Heather Henson (daughter of famed puppeteers Jane and Jim Henson) that promotes independent artists exploring their handmade craft for the screen. These films focus on real-time puppetry, and create fantastical worlds in which their characters live. This special collection showcases Dak’toka Taino from director Alba E Garcia-Rivas, Yamasong from director Sam Koji Hale, Cosmic Fling from director Jonathan Langager, Amaterasu from director Christine Papalexis, and Bunny Love from director Pam Severns. 

Gloria’s Call is a documentary short from director Cheri Gulke follows Gloria Orenstein, on a lifelong journey into art, ecofeminism and shamanism. The short film uses art, stop-motion animation and storytelling to celebrate this wild adventure from the cafes of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland.
A special display of puppets form the Handmade Puppet Dreams films will be available before the screening. Filmmakers from both Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call will also be present for a Q&A afterwards!

Gloria’s Call trailer from Cheri Gaulke on Vimeo.


Join us at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles this upcoming Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 9PM for the bi-annual filmmaking event, Abracadabra Alakazam. Our festival is a celebration of funny, strange and unique short films from a wide array of eclectic local filmmakers. All films are made by weirdos, for weirdos. We will be showcasing over 20 pieces at the historic Downtown Independent. There will be beer, wine and other concessions for sale at the venue! 
Get your tickets at this link here:

CityUnited, May 17th-May 23rd

CityUnited is a short film that memorializes the bombing attack in Manchester in 2017 that targeted a crowd leaving an Ariana Grande Concert, and the community that came together around the tragedy.


Friday, 5/17 6:00 PM

Saturday, 5/18 7:00 PM

Sunday, 5/19 1:30 PM

Monday, 5/20 6:45 PM

Tuesday, 5/21 6:45 PM

Wednesday, 5/22 6:45 PM

Thursday, 5/23