The first American edition of Mexico's Ambulante festival comes to Los Angeles. Screening a variety of documentaries at venues around the city, they aim to expose documentary filmmaking to a wide audience. Docs include Bronx Obama, Alamar, and many more. A couple of the highlights:
The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony
Oct. 3, 7:30 pm, Rio de Los Angeles State Park
A 24-hour portrait of Los Angeles shot on black and white 16mm film, with each hour represented by one minute. This cinematic exploration of the city’s life and rhythm is the work of 37 teens that spent weeks capturing the dynamic sights and sounds of their neighborhoods. Developed by Echo Park Film Center, the project uses the “city symphony” genre, practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov, to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments.
Bering. Equilibrio y Resistencia, Mexico
Oct. 1, 7:00 pm, USC School of Cinematic Arts
This documentary closely follows a group of people living in the Bering Strait and delves into the fundamental aspects of their daily lives, their survival, and the contrast between their traditions and the modern world. With extraordinary imagery, Bering portrays exceptionally well a community fighting to preserve its culture in this mythical part of the world.
Los Angeles: Sept. 21 through Oct. 4. Full details on the Ambulante California website.