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Over five days of celebration and remembrance, the Echo Park Film Center’s 18th Anniversary Celebration looks forward as much as it gazes backward. Cast your mind back to the halcyon year of 2002, when founders Paolo Davanzo and Ken Fountain took a tiny room and transformed it into a 65-capacity beacon of creativity for a community that’s changed immeasurably, just as the Film Center has remained its steadfast center. Workshops, music, potlucks — and, yes, screenings of everything from Nepantla: Migration Narratives to new work from the co-op — they’re all here, welcoming you with open arms and open minds. Through Sunday.

Echo Park Film Center,1200 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park; Wed., Nov. 20, times and locations vary; free. (213) 484-8846, echoparkfilmcenter.org/events/10889

LA Weekly