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Projectionist

Lindsay

Born in the valley of Ottawa, Canada, Lindsay became exposed to video and photography at an early age. Her childhood consisted of constant travel through eastern Canada and The United States.

Raised by a Nurse from New Brunswick and a Mechanic from Montreal, from the age of 3 her life and travel was documented on a HI8 camera by her father who dabbled in photography, video and general interests of the rock & roll persuasion. Her personas and performance style were learned at an early age, while making sets and putting on shows for her family.

She became heavily interested with Elvis and Hollywood, vowing to herself she would come to California as soon as she was able to. She started making homemade horror movies at age 10. While her reluctant friends acted in these movies, ran through the winter woods and sometimes were asked to play dead hanging outside of large freezers filled with hunted deer from the previous season. Laven relocated to Houston, Texas at the age of 15.

Feeling culture shock and disconnect she soon after discovered the world of experimental film. She finally realized what she did was felt by others and something that was in fact already happening. Soon after 6 years of developing styles, working on indie film sets and attending film school, at 21, Laven decided to relocate to San Francisco to study under underground cult filmmaker George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute, little did she know she was to be the star of his last picture “Empire of Evil”. This is where Laven began shooting and processing her own 16mm and Super 8 films, while becoming immersed in the Bay Area’s historical Underground Film scene. Living in the Tenderloin and Alamo Square districts of San Francisco she collaborated and created many experimental films and live performances in many different platforms. Her interest in Film preservation and archival work stemmed out of studying Film in San Francisco, where she landed her first archival job at legendary bay area co-op and distribution, Canyon Cinema. Being involved in Filmmaking and Film theory, Laven began working at neighborhood video store Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Screening films at venues and Universities all over the country (even Japan) and performing live in the bay area, Laven began to become interested in the Theatre environment and the work that came along with it. Upon relocating across the bridge to Oakland, California she took up on a manager position at Berkeley’s own California Theatre. This is where she was taught platter projection, kick starting her absolute fascination with projection and prospect of teaching others of all ages what she would learn. In the summer of 2015 Laven relocated to sprawling Los Angeles for a change of pace, taking a job at West LA Theatre The Nuart wherein she was to learn reel to reel projection for their Midnight shows. Still active in photography, filmmaking, acting and writing, Laven now projects full time at The New Beverly Cinema.


What’s one bad movie you love?

C.H.U.D.

Guilty pleasure movie?

Blacula & Anything by Russ Meyer (in short EXPLOITATION films)

Most cinematic moment?

Opening scene to Butterfield 8

Who are your four favorite directors?

Woody Allen, George Kuchar, David Lynch, John Waters

Why do you love movies?

They make me think, inspire me and I like to integrate their charms and feeling into things I see in everyday life (I think cinema can be seen almost anywhere you find yourself) Movies also constantly remind me of the power of music and how important it is to cinema, the magic it creates when done well, to me, is unlike anything.