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Thursday, July 9

Free Screening: Cartel Land

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

Includes a conversation with director Matthew Heineman

 

Director Matthew Heineman uses a novel approach to documentary film in his 2015 look at the meth wars between Mexican cartels and the civilian groups—on both sides of the Arizona and Mexican border—who take them on. He stages the film with a construction similar to that of a fiction film, creating a nervy and engrossing dramatic texture that shows the drive (and the influence) of narrative filmmaking. Heineman draws fascinating parallels between the vigilante bands (both Mexican and Americans) who chose to go after these merciless criminals enterprises. In doing so, the lines between right and wrong get increasingly—and compellingly—muddy; both sides are fighting for their lives. In stark contrast to his previous film, Escape Fire, an examination of the stranglehold of bureaucracy in health care, all the work here takes place outside of institutions. For his efforts, Cartel Land won the Best Director Prize as well as a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Director/editor/producer Heineman takes part in a Q&A following the screening.
2014, 100 min, color, DCP, in English and Spanish with English subtitles | Directed by Matthew Heineman

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Intuition & Equalibrum

Troubadour

9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Intuition & Equalibrum are rapper / producer duo that have been working together for over a decade.

Intuition resides in Los Angeles and hails originally from Alaska. He's loved rap music since his childhood, but never thought he'd end up being a rapper. Equalibrum resides in Santa Barbara and hails originally from Connecticut. His love for rap music developed during his youth through his obsession with skateboarding and skate video soundtracks.

The two met in Santa Barbara while attending college. They began working together immediately and haven't stopped since. Intuition's rhyme-heavy but laid back style seem to blend perfectly with Equalibrum's sample-heavy beats that are rooted in tradition, but somehow forward thinking at the same time. The team sounds so comfortable together because they learned the art form together.

They've released 3 full length albums together including last year's self-titled Intuition & Equalibrum. Intuition has also released 2 weird mixtapes and an EP with Los Angeles rapper VerBS. Equalibrum has released 2 full length instrumental albums, and 3 instrumental EPs.

They've been featured in the likes of LA Weekly, LA Times, NME, countless blogs, and the front page of Reddit, but none of that matters because the group has managed to become it's own media team. With a number of beautiful music videos, a popular podcast called Kinda Neat, and a well curated music Youtube channel sharing the Kinda Neat moniker, the duo has managed to amass an anomalous following without any PR team and next to no mainstream press. Their hermitic tendencies, go-at-their-own-pace style of releasing music, and rare performance appearances have created a passionate following with a familial feeling.

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Dopapod

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017

8:00pm

The Boston born, now generally Northeast based, but ever on-the-go Dopapod has come a long way from their college basement, DIY party roots. While maintaining to be as grassroots as their humble beginnings, the group has earned praise from taste making critics like Huffington Post, Jambase, Relix, and The Boston Herald, all the while tending to their ever expanding community of devoted listeners. The past 4 years have individually held the weight of about 150 shows, which have included numerous festival appearances like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Fest, & Gathering Of the Vibes. All of this time on stage with each other has given the band the opportunity to explore the wide variety of influences that has impacted them to be the players they are today. But, don't be quick to think that the no holds barred experimentation is unguided. While the brush in their hand uses every color, it's the stroke on the canvas that gives Dopapod a distinct voice in the way of crafty songwriting.

That calculated, compositional mindset and restless nature to never sit too still is what has allowed Dopapod to fully realize their fourth studio release, Never Odd Or Even. Guitarist/vocalist Rob Compa giddily tells, "We really felt that the material this time around represented a big leap forward, not just in the way we've been interacting as a band, but in the way our focus has become sharper in paying attention to things like melody, theme, lyrical imagery, and structure - all the elements that make a great song."

Determined to have that maturity translate in the studio, the band enlisted friend and producer Jason "Jocko" Randall to both engineer and produce the record. Keys/vocalist Eli Winderman couldn't be happier about how things went. "We lived at his studio for about a month for these sessions and it just clicked right away. Jocko immediately became another member of band in many ways. With his attitude and approach to the recording process, we were able to really dial in the sounds we wanted, get those perfect takes we were aiming for, and have a blast the whole way through." Released in November of 2014, Never Odd Or Even serves as the spark that the band has ignited to launch them into and exciting 2015.

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Son Lux

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

9:00pm

Founded by producer-composer Ryan Lott in 2007, Son Lux “works at the nexus of several rarely-overlapping Venn Diagrams” (Pitchfork). With the recent additions to the band of guitarist-composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, Son Lux is now a ferocious trio both live and on record. Bones (June 23, 2015) is the first album documenting this new formation, and it draws from the three members' unique and omnivorous musical vernaculars. Few bands have built a more impressive and varied array of collaborators: Lorde, Beyoncé producer Boots, Sufjan Stevens, Matthew Dear, Busdriver, Vijay Iyer, Nico Muhly and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

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