For a few days this month, a gallery in Rotterdam was turned into the Dutch outpost of the Echo Park Film Center. The transformation of the BLAAK10 Gallery & Store during a gallery show coincided with a four-month-long residency by film center Executive Director Paolo Davanzo and Operations Director Lisa Marr, who arrived in Holland late last month. “They re-created the entire Echo Park Film Center here – couches and all – as part of a gallery show during the International Film Festival Rotterdam,” said Davanzo (pictured above). “A little bit of Echo Park in Rotterdam Holland.”
The gallery screened “The Best of the Echo Park Film Center” and also presented films made during the decade since the Echo Park microcinema and youth film center set up shop on Alvarado Street. The gallery show is over but Davanzo and Marr, who are posting photos and stories on their blog, will remain in Holland to teach classes and work on films during the remainder of their residency.
“We will be teaching a 3-month class to immigrant youth from Turkey, Morocco and Suriname using the same methods we use for the youth in Echo Park,” Davanzo said. Meanwhile, back on snow-free Alvarado Street in Echo Park, the film center will continue to host screenings and other events.