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"Edible Estates is an attack on the front lawn and everything it has come to represent!" This quote from Edible Estates' website, and a riff on the title of his new book, begins a discussion on what it is we...

Short Films, Presented by the Echo Park Film Center

Sustainable LA is a celebration of Angelinos engaged in the green revolution. The one-hour program consists of short films on a variety of topics including urban gardening, environmental awareness and community activism. In keeping with the grassroots nature of many of these organizations, emphasis is on issues awareness, practical information exchange and hands-on participation.


This Is the LA River
USA, 2007, 30 min.
Created by the Echo Park Film Center Fall 2007 Youth Film Class
This Is the LA River invited twenty neighborhood youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to explore the River through the medium of 16mm film and create a unique picture of the waterway's complex past, present, and future.

Edible Estates Regional Prototype Garden #2: Lakewood, CA
USA, 2006, 12 min.
Directed by Fritz Haeg & Jacinto Astiazaran
Camera & editing by Jacinto Astiazaran
Narrated by Michael Foti
Turning front yards into farmland.

South Central Farmers
USA, 2005, 7 min.
Shot, directed, produced and edited by Ross Guidici
The struggle for food and dignity in an encroaching industrial wasteland.

Urban Fruit Action
USA, 2007 3 min.
Directed, written and produced by by Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young)
Fallen Fruit's URBAN FRUIT ACTION video shows neighborhood activists planting fruit trees to create a communal neighborhood resource.

You Can't Compost Concrete
USA, 2007, 4 min. 1sec.
Directed by Elon Schoenholz
Written by Bryn MacKinnon, Elon Schoenholz and Scott Singer
Produced by Elon Schoenholz
D.I.Y. backyard activism.

Green: Not a Cornfield
USA, 2006
Produced by Echo Park Film Center
A project by Lauren Bon.

Build a Self-Watering Container
Free Republic of Silver Lake, 2007, 2 min. 16 sec.
Directed, written and produced by SurviveLA
In this first of a series of self-sufficiency instructional videos SurviveLA, Silver Lake's own urban homesteaders, and proprietors of, show you how to tell the MAN where to stick his tasteless, pesticide soaked, hormone pumped Frankenproduce.

Shifting Baselines in the Surf
USA, 2005, 4 min. 9 sec.
Directed by Randy Olson
Written by Randy Olson and Chad Nelsen
Produced by Ty Carlisle
A Joint Production of Shifting Baselines and Surfrider Foundation
In the 1950's you could clean your cuts and bruises in the ocean; today you need hepatitis shots if you are a surfer. Why didn't we notice the slow decline?


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