Since 2014, FilmLA has partnered with local elected officials, neighborhood groups and film industry sponsors to facilitate free community events, resource fairs and film screenings for area residents and their families.
The assistance FilmLA provides at these events varies, but most often it takes the form of providing refreshments or sourcing projection equipment, securing film licenses and more. FilmLA’s community outreach team uses these events to meet residents and thank them for supporting filming in their neighborhoods.
Throughout the 2019 summer season, FilmLA provided support for 42 community events, including movies in the park, resource fairs, street fairs, block parties and other events. Here are some of the program highlights from a very successful season:
LA County “Parks After Dark”
In July, FilmLA partnered with Los Angeles County’s “Parks After Dark” program, (PAD). Celebrating 10 years of family, fun and fitness, PAD programs operate at 33 park locations across the County.
For eight weeks during the summer months, the Parks After Dark program extends hours of park operation from 6 pm to 10 pm, providing opportunities for community members to come together and enjoy sports and recreation activities, family entertainment, movies, concerts, arts and crafts, and more.
In addition to providing refreshments at resource fairs at City Terrace (East LA) and Loma Alta (Altadena) parks, FilmLA also provided licensing for the Loma Alta Park screening of DUMBO.
Other summer screenings delivered through the partnership included: Black Panther (Studio City Recreation Center), Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse (Winnetka Recreation Center), The Princess Bride (Van Nuys Memorial Park), Karate Kid (Brand Park, Mission Hills), Viva Las Vegas (Echo Park Lake), Holes (Harbor City Recreation Center), Mary Poppins (Encino Park) and How to Train Your Dragon (Youth Opportunity Center, Watts).
Paramount Pictures In-Theater Experiences
In August, FilmLA partnered with Paramount Pictures to present two free in-theater experiences for local residents. For the first, we partnered to produce AMC showings of the live-action film Dora and the Lost City of Gold in LA City Council District 6 (Martinez) at the Regency Theatre and Supervisor District 1 (Solis) at AMC 20 in Puente Hills.
Also in August, Paramount Pictures and FilmLA partnered with LA City Council District 15 (Buscaino) and Fleet Week Los Angeles for a screening of the original Top Gun at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. LA Fleet Week is a week-long celebration of military service professionals culminating in the Conquer the Bridge Labor Day 5.3 mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Los Angeles City Council-Supported Events
FilmLA covered stage costs for Council President Herb Wesson Jr’s Council District 10 “Movies in the Park” event, which showed 2 films simultaneously (The Little Mermaid & Up) at Westside Neighborhood Park. The event was attended by over 1,000 residents and included arts and crafts, free food and raffle prizes.
And that’s not all. For Council District 1 (Cedillo) “Movies in the Park” series, FilmLA supported A Dog’s Way Home at Echo Park Swimming Pool, The Little Rascals at William Mead Homes, How to Train Your Dragon at Rampart Station, Aquaman at Lincoln Park Pool.
For Council District 2 (Krekorian), we helped bring Black Panther and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse to the Studio City Recreation Center.
In Council District 3 (Blumenfield), support for “Movies in the Park” brought The Incredibles 2 to Randall Simmons Park, Bumblebee to Lanark Park, and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse to Winnetka Recreation Center.
In partnership with Council District 4 (Ryu) we helped bring The Princess Bride to Van Nuys Memorial Park.
In Council District 5 (Koretz) FilmLA was on the ground at Mary Poppins at Encino Park and the Sherman Oaks Street Fair.
Council District 7 (Rodriguez) brought us into the “2019 Summer Movie Series,” with Karate Kid at Brand Park, Black Panther at Sunland Park, Sing at Brand Park, Grease at Ritchie Valens Park, Secretariat at Hansen Dam Horse Park, Incredibles 2 at David M. Gonzalez Recreation Park, Aquaman at Hansen Dam Aquatic Center and Nightmare Before Christmas at Hubert Humphrey Recreation Center.
With Council District 8 (Harris-Dawson), we helped bring Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse to Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
As partners with Council District 11 (Bonin) “Movies with Mike”, FilmLA helped bring Coco to Culver/Slauson Park.
As part of the “Echo Park Lake Film Series” sponsored by Council District 13 (O’Farrell) we helped screen Viva Las Vegas, Casino Royale, and To Sir, With Love.
And finally, in Council District 15 (Buscaino), we helped with How to Train Your Dragon and Lego Movie 2 at Youth Opportunity Movement: Watts, DUMBO at Normandie Recreation Center, Ugly Dolls at Harbor City Recreation Center, Hotel Transylvania 3 at Harbor Gateway North Boys & Girls Club, Coco at Warner Grand Theatre, Spiderman; Into the Spiderverse at The Banning Museum, and Moana at Bogdanovich Park.
Budget permitting, FilmLA will continue its community event support into the Winter 2019 season and beyond. All FilmLA sponsored movie screenings and events are free and open to the public. We encourage you to stop by with family and friends!