November 2, 2015: Rick Bahto & Alee Peoples at REDCAT

Rick Bahto & Alee Peoples: Small-Gauge L.A.
Monday, November 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)
located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012

Rick Bahto and Alee Peoples are exemplary figures in the vibrant L.A. creative community committed to realizing personal vision through the hands-on intimacy of small-gauge film, DIY media and live performance. Bahto, a San Francisco transplant, plays with multiple layers of printing, rephotography and projection to explore the tension between the incidental and the controlled, while Peoples, an Oklahoma City native, uses Super 8 and 16mm film as platforms for whimsical storytelling with a nod to history. Bahto’s section of the program includes Accretions, for multiple slide projectors, and Compositions; Peoples is presenting the L.A. premiere of Non-Stop Beautiful Ladies, a street film starring decaying signage, car radios and human ad spinners.

$11 general / $8 students

Twelve Bagatelles (2015) for Janis Crystal Lipzin

Through Artists’ Lenses: “Twelve Bagatelles for Janis Crystal Lipzin” by Rick Bahto from The Huntington on Vimeo.

The Huntington asked three Los Angeles–area artists (Rick Bahto, Charlotte Pryce, and Steve Roden) to make short, silent films for the walls of the entryway of the Mapel Orientation Gallery. Each film is a poetic visual exploration of objects from our collections and spaces you can venture to during your visit. The orientation of the films is vertical because of the shape of the walls onto which they are projected in the gallery. See the other two artist films at

“Twelve Bagatelles for Janis Crystal Lipzin” by Rick Bahto, 2015 (super 8 transferred to digital, color & black-and-white, silent)

Artist statement:
Since moving to Southern California, I have returned again and again to The Huntington’s Desert Garden, endlessly fascinated by the variety of plants housed in this collection. For my film, I have placed the colors and textures of plants found in the Desert Garden Conservatory in conversation with other artists’ representations of plants, found in works ranging from medieval Books of Hours to Severin Roesen’s “Still Life with Flowers and Bird’s Nest.” This film is dedicated to Janis Crystal Lipzin—dear friend, mentor, artist, and gardener.

© 2015 Rick Bahto

May 30 & 31, 2015. Chatty Catties World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

A feature length movie that I co-wrote the script for (with Pablo Valencia) called Chatty Catties is playing at the Seattle International Film Festival later this month.

Chatty Catties
May 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm
May 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

Meet sassy tabby Leonard and his emotional wreck of an owner, in a world where domesticated cats are able to communicate with people and pass judgment on their all-too-human foibles. Hard-of-hearing actors provide the feline voices in this hilarious black comedy. World Premiere

More information here.