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Short film about the King Eddy to be screened at the historic bar

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 05:02PM
King Eddy Andres Aguila/KPCC

At the King Eddy Saloon on Thursday night, LAVA will be screening a short film about the bar's patrons.

On Thursday night at the recently sold Downtown dive bar the King Eddy Saloon, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) will be screening a short film about the bar's regulars.

The presentation is free and goes from 8 to 10 p.m. The 23-minute movie titled "Last One Left: The last skid row bar in Los Angeles and its patrons: a few brief life stories" was made by Polish filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska, who grew up in Berlin and later moved into a residential hotel in Downtown.

Skrzeszewska lived on Skid Row, or "the Nickel" as she and many others have called it, and has made multiple films about her time spent there and the people she met. Her first feature documentary called "Songs from the Nickel" has been screened at multiple international film festivals.

An excerpt from a statement by Skrzeszewska reads: The people who live on the Nickel are not simply victims, but subjects of their own lives. A beauty that stems from resilience of spirit speaks through their distinct faces, their language, their music and their movements. The Nickel can never be captured in just one narrative. What makes it unique is the intense clash of simultaneous narratives.

LAVA's co-founder Richard Schave says that he loves the King Eddy and has done extensive research into it's cultural and literary role in shaping downtown L.A.

His wife and fellow LAVA founder Kim Cooper, seconds his sentiments: "Anyone who cares about the fragile coral ecosystem that is the culture of this city should make a visit to the King Eddy this summer, while it's still under the Croick family's ownership," Cooper said on the LAVA website. "They've made a haven in a very hard part of the city where folks who don't have much money can feel respected and safe.

For admission to the free event, you can register here and then follow the instructions for signing up.

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