Cinematheque 108 Presents: Young Filmmakers In LA, Program I - Curated by Dicky Bahto

February 19, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque 108 Presents:

Young Filmmakers In LA, Program I
Curated by Dicky Bahto

            Christina C. Nguyen                                                                    Nesanet Abegaze                        

New works by young artists working in Los Angeles:
Christina C. Nguyen, Alee Peoples, Jennifer Saparzadeh, Chloe Reyes, Mona Varichon,
Caitlin Díaz, Nesanet Abegaze, Julie Sadowski, and Nora Sweeney

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Young Filmmakers in LA, Program II, curated by Madison Brookshire,
will be presented by Cinematheque 108 on Thursday, February 28th.


About the Event

In 2012 two friends invited me over to watch a film they had made. The film was excellent, and I asked if they had arranged any public screenings. As a working filmmaker myself, I realized the ridiculousness of my question: there isn’t an obvious way to get films out into the world quickly. So, I decided to start a regular series—the New Works Salon—that would give me the opportunity to share with other artists my access to the Echo Park Film Center and its extensive projection resources. From the beginning I have approached programming with a sense of community building—bringing together artists from different generations and backgrounds at various stages of their careers into conversation with one another.

For this program, I drew from works shown over the past couple of years. To honor the eclecticism of the series, I chose works that range from the formal to the personal, the political to the playful. Nesanet Abegaze and Mona Varichon both created their works in collaboration with their parents, while Jennifer Saparzadeh started her film as an exploration of her family’s journey to the US from Iran, but ended up involved in the current refugee crisis in Europe. Alee Peoples and Christina Nguyen both use formal explorations as a basis for constructing their works, while Caitlin Díaz and Chloe Reyes show lyrical films rooted in observation. Nora Sweeney’s work is classic documentary portraiture, while Julie Sadowski’s work is a collage of found-texts delivered as a speech in a darkened room.

-- Dicky Bahto


  • Nesanet Teshager Abegaze, Bereka (2017)
  • Caitlin Díaz, Quien bien ama nunca olvida (2018)
  • Christina C. Nguyen, Parallel Inquiries (2016)
  • Alee Peoples, Decoy (2017)
  • Chloe Reyes, New Sun Breathing In (2017)
  • Julie Sadowski, Resignation Speech (2018)
  • Jennifer Saparzadeh, Nu Dem (2016)
  • Nora Sweeney, Fausto and Emilio (2014)
  • Mona Varichon, No, I Was Thinking Of Life (CC) (2018)

About Dicky Bahto

Dicky Bahto lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work utilizing still and motion picture photography, sound, and performance at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations spanning the Northern Hemisphere, including commissions from Monday Evening Concerts and The Huntington. As a member of the EPFC Co-op, he is a co-recipient of an inaugural Artist Project Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

His interest in music has led him to both collaborate with and perform works by various composers, including Casey Anderson, Ashley Bellouin, Luciano Chessa, Carmina Escobar, Corey Fogel, Julia Holter, Sepand Shahab, Mark So, Laura Steenberge, and Tashi Wada. In addition to creating album art for some of the above musicians, he has made several music videos for Julia Holter, and his portraits of artists including Ashley Bellouin, Sarah Davachi, Julia Holter, Laida Lertxundi, and Tashi Wada have been printed in The New York Times, Bomb, Vanity Fair España, The Wire, and MOJO, among other publications.

He has curated programs of experimental film and video, performance, and music, including regular programming at the Echo Park Film Center, as well as programs at REDCAT and the wulf. in Los Angeles, Artist’s Television Access and San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, Exploded View in Tuscon, and Yale University in New Haven.

He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and an MFA from the University of California, Riverside in 2017, and has himself taught at the Echo Park Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design, and the University of California, Riverside.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: David James