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Dear friends,

What a crazy weekend we had – at the very least we all have an excellent fireside story.
This Punk film screening event will go down in TFI history, because even though we did not have the evening we expected, this unique experience truly captured the spirit that inspires our institute.

Despite the impending natural disaster, this beautiful film still captured its audience and built a community for the few hours we sat together - a community of people who took side streets from Silverlake, or evacuees with their life’s savings in their pocket [literally], all joined in a room together, suspended in time, and braving danger – for the love of cinema.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Stay tuned for a rescheduled screening 

Refund or Donate to the TFI Evacuation Fund
We are very sorry for those of you who couldn't make it to the film screening due to the massive fire, evacuation orders and closed roads in the canyon. We will refund your tickets.

If you would like to support the TFI to help us to cover the extra costs the emergency situation caused by donating the $10 ticket price - please let us know here. It would mean a lot to us, thanks!

We hope to see you soon again!

Until next time,

Camilla, Devon, Miranda, Anders, William, Urs and Sara
the TFI Team
To our heroes, the amazing firefighters -Thank you for saving our homes!  
View from The Topanga Film Institute HQ June 4, 2016  
Six large wildfires are burning in California
A special thanks for braving the fire and joining us for the screening -
Producer Agi Orsi and Director Angela Boatwright 

Agi Orsi, from Topanga, an Emmy Award­ winning film and television producer believes filmmaking is an adventure, read more

Angela Boatwright is a Los Angeles-­based photographer and documentary filmmaker.
 read more

Thanks to our very special guests - we hope to see you soon!
Alex, singer from Psyk Ward. Read more.
Kat, lead singer from Las Cochinas
Los Punks does Slamdance (Interview with Angela Boatwright)
  PLAY VIDEO:  Interview with Angela Boatwright, director of the Los Punks: We Are All We Have.
Kat, lead singer from Las Cochinas and Gary from Rhythmic Asylum by Nathan Andersen
Los Punks: We Are All We Have - Trailer | Music | VANS
PLAY FILM TRAILER: Los Punks: We Are All We Have is an intimate documentary about the teens and young adults who find meaning in the thriving punk rock scene in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles.  Read more here:
Support Fortunato Procopio

To all our friends -  please support our TFI Alumni and cinematographer of the Los Punks: We Are All We Have, Fortunato Procopio. He was in a very serious motorcycle accident in October 2015. Please help him to recover. Read more here and donate here.
Thanks to our sponsors, and to our killer punk rock raffle from

The Topanga Film Institute is a 501[c]3 non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the intersection of storytelling, innovation and technology. The Topanga Film Institute produces a comprehensive set of programs, innovation labs, film festivals, events and seminars which explore storytelling in new forms of media, where selected artists from across disciplines have the opportunity to learn, experiment and develop new work through mentorships and intensive workshops.

The Topanga Film Institute is a a tax-exempt, non-profit organization funded entirely through its activities, by grants and individual donations. 


Overlooking Los Angeles, Topanga is historically, geographically and philosophically perfectly situated to gather today’s most forward-thinking individuals to explore and develop storytelling in both traditional and emerging forms of media.

Fun facts about Topanga:

Jim Morrison allegedly wrote the lyrics to Roadhouse Blues while driving down Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Neil Young recorded most of his iconic album After the Gold Rush in the basement of his Topanga home in 1970. 

Topanga State Park is one of the largest open space preserves surrounded by a city in the world. Topanga Canyon is featured as a location in numerous pop culture references, including HBO’s Six Feet Under, Boy Meets World, the bestselling novel “Tortilla Curtain” and legendary singer/songwriter Billy Joel’s “Getting Closer.” 

Many famous people have made Topanga Canyon their home, including Neil Young, Chris Robinson, Billy Preston, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Don Felder of the Eagles, Gram Parsons, Jim Morrison and John Densmore of the Doors, Mick Fleetwood, Spanky McFarland,  Richie Hayward and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Big Joe Turner, Alice Cooper, Van Morrison, Sissy Spacek, Louis Gossett Jr., Emile Hirsch, Viggo Mortensen, Lisa Bonet, Teri Garr, Wendie Malick, Keith Carradine, Luke Wilson, Ricky Schroder, Dennis Hopper, Amber Tamblyn, Lynn Redgrave, Andy Dick, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Bertolt Brecht, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, Johnny Weissmuller, Mickey Rooney, Tia Carrere and Ida Lupino. and many more. 

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