This Sunday I attended a four-hour Final Cut Pro editing workshop at the Echo Park Film Center. I have been a member of the EPFC since November of last year when I discovered the place while looking for an affordable way to rent video equipment and editing space.
I just wanted to put in a little plug for this great neighborhood film center, which provides low- and no-cost education in video/film media, has weekly screenings of local or avant garde film, and has a great media library as well as various equipment that independent filmmakers can rent out at any time.
Probably the most important thing that the EPFC does is reach out to low-income children, offering free filmmaking workshops for youths in the neighborhood, teaching them how to create and edit movies. Having an outlet and the skills with which to be able to tell stories can be an invaluable resource in life.
You can learn more about the Echo Park Film Center here on their website, and they are located at 1200 N. Alvarado St. in Los Angeles, just down the block from the Echo Park United Methodist Church and its signature gold dome.