FRINGE LA: The Exiles (1961)


A series of movies that shine light on Angelenos who have been marginalized and ignored by popular cinematic representations of the city. Join us under the Broadway St. bridge in Los Angeles State Historic Park and immerse yourself in these enthralling, exciting, and highly personal masterpieces, that exist beyond the edges of Hollywood and right in the heart of the fringe.

The Exiles (dir. Kent Mackenzie, 73min.)
Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1961.
Spend one night with a group of Native American Indians as they dance, drink, gamble, drive, carouse and still find time to explore the depths of depression, disappointment, and loneliness. This masterpiece (rediscovered only a few years ago!) not only shows a Lost Angeles like no other, but gets deeper into the human psyche than almost any other film. Mixing poetic voice-over confessionals, with exhilarating documentary-like photography, rocking period music, and the soulful details of an oppressed culture pushed to the edge, The Exiles is not to be missed!

In the Viaduct, viewers have a breathtaking view of the illuminated Los Angeles skyline from under the massive concrete vaulted ceiling. The film is projected against the concrete wall (actually the Gold Line incline) under the bridge, and the train whizzes by overhead throughout the evening. There will be a campfire for roasting marshmallows, and a popcorn machine. We have hay bales and outdoor chairs for seating. Please bring blankets and beverages. The event is free and open to the public.

The Historic North Broadway Bridge traverses the north end of Los Angeles State Historic Park. The Beaux Arts bridge was built in 1911 and is one of the twelve historic bridges that crosses the LA River. California State Parks realized that this architecturally beautiful bridge, particularly the underside, was underutilized and not easily accessible to the public. In an effort to connect with the burgeoning downtown arts community, we’ve been working to create programming that will engage the public with the park in new and exciting ways. We conceived of the LA Noir series as a way to bring the public to the bridge to enjoy film in an unusual and historic setting. The North Broadway Bridge was originally called the “Buena Vista Viaduct.” Thus, The Viaduct.


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January 16, 2014 · 2:24 pm

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