Natalie Bookchin :: Cal Arts Faculty, Visual Artist ::
LA Freewaves tirelessly supports local and global experimental media with its whirlwind of debates, screenings, installations, panels, workshops, and exhibitions. It brings artists, activists, and local communities together in challenging and timely events.
Jon Stout :: Free Speech TV ::
No festival – not one – has done more to animate the art of presenting media. I marvel each year Freewaves rolls out its newest media carpet ride.
Enid Baxter Blader :: Video Artist ::
As a festival artist, I was given a great deal of support and publicity through the festival, catalogue, press and website. And through LA Freewaves, I formed lasting relationships with several amazing artists and have received requests for my film from teachers for their classes.
Ming-Yuen S. Ma :: Pitzer College Faculty ::
Access to works created outside of dominant modes of production (e.g. Hollywood studios, network television) has always been a problem. LA Freewaves allows me to incorporate alternative media into my classroom.
Kristina Faragher :: Video Artist ::
People really do want to see experimental art works that will challenge them, provoke thought and emotion, and spur action in their communities. I had substantial discussions with viewers and artists at LA Freewaves events – something not to be taken for granted in a city that has a hankering for mindless entertainment.
Heidi Zeller :: Art Administrator, Urban Planner ::
LA Freewaves spoils us with critically-selected film, video and new media. Programs function as idea labs and even progressive social communities, offering opportunities for serendipitous creative moments and constructive dialogue on compelling issues.
Eve Oishi :: Curator and CSU Long Beach Faculty ::
I know of no other festival that so seamlessly blends video, film, television, online and web-based art, installation, panels, and performance.
Trang Kim T. Tran :: Scripps College Faculty ::
Doug Chang :: Former KCET TV Programmer ::
LA Freewaves is often the first place mainstream filmmakers get to see new work that pushes the boundaries of the medium in essential ways. The festival features work that defies categorization and that seeks to define new forms of beauty. It opens new possibilities for students and encourages established artists to push themselves farther. The community of media makers would be far poorer without LA Freewaves.
Jon Winet :: Video Artist, Educator ::
If LA Freewaves’ Executive Director Anne Bray didn’t exist, Los Angeles would have had to invent her.