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Movies on the bus

In case you were on one of 2,200 select municipal buses Monday or today (and through the weekend): It's not your imagination. They're showing independent films, shot in 16mm. For the price of bus fare, you can watch them. They're made by kids. With Out the Window, a project with origins in Echo Park, we've gone from busing children to school to children schooling the folks on buses. And who said a bus ride couldn't be a fine-art experience?

The children -- local teens -- were brought into the project by the Echo Park Film Center, which helped them create the short, black-and-white pieces. Chicken Corner was lucky enough to see one this evening, at an ALOUD event that included Fabian Wagmister, an Out the Window principal, who helped the project with interactive functionality. The very funny segment Wagmister showed was written by the kids and asked the question of whether junk food was "worth it." Suffice it to say it was the first time Chicken Corner has seen a grease font.

And the new arts high school, at Grand, directly across from a major fast food franchise, has a cameo that will be gratifying for EP locals.

According to the LA Weekly, "Out the Window videos will screen on Transit TV for five minutes an hour June 13-17, and for two 45-minute cycles a day June 18-19."

For group rides on the city bus, look here.

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