Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr are filmmakers, educators and community cinema activists whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change. For the past twenty years, they have been helping to run the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit neighborhood media arts center with a focus on analog film education and resources. As the duo The Here & Now, they travel the world, sharing handmade movies and music with local communities.
Paolo and Lisa collaborated with local artists and musicians on an experimental film The Sound We See: A St. Petersburg City Symphony. They used analog filmmaking techniques and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments. The Sound We See is an ongoing cinematic conversation on the relevance of handmade film in the 21st century.