Monthly Film Festival

April 06, 2024 11:00am PDT - 06:00pm PDT
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its April Monthly Film Festival, which features its annual InFocus: Disabilities program, along with April Shorts and a double block of mid-length documentary features, Rachel Epstein’s The Anarchist Lunch and Hidde de Vries’ Hunting Jack. 

Day begins with April Shorts, a collection of comedy, drama and documentary short films that explore connection, fitting in, memory, grief, addiction, fetish performance, dangerous racial disparities and self-definition in complicated cultural contexts. 

The day continues with InFocus: Disabilities, a program that spotlights disability both in front of and behind the camera. It features a blend of storytelling through the lens of visible and invisible disability, centering work made by disabled filmmakers and stories of disability told in close collaboration with their subjects or protagonists. From family dramas to romantic comedies to experimental narratives, this program showcases a range of work from emerging talent.

The night concludes with a double bill of feature documentaries that offer intimate looks at lifelong activism. The world premiere of  Rachel Epstein’s The Anarchist Lunch offers the viewer a seat at the table at a weekly lunch meeting of activists and academics, including Epstein’s own 99-year-old father, that have been gathering for 35 years. It is a celebration of friendship, commitment and advocacy. Hunting Jack by Hidde de Vries, in its Los Angeles premiere, in turn takes us inside the process of 91-year-old Dutch Nazi hunter Jack Kooistra, who has been rigorously cataloging the fates of both Nazis and their victims since his childhood and whose work has helped in the capture of fugitive war criminals. 

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – April Shorts
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Pre-Reception
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM – Program
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Disabilities
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Pre-Reception
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Program
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature Documentary Pairing | Anarchist Lunch & Hunting Jack
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Pre-Reception
4:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Program
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

Parking (fee)
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

April Shorts
Diana’s Electric Tongue
Dir. Haroula Rose, Writ. Haroula Rose & Prod. Julian West
13 Mins | USA
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Picture Day
Dir. Kelly Pike, Writ. Kelly Pike & Prod. Kelly Pike, Daniel Walter, Connie Jo Sechrist, Vanessa Elliott
16 Mins | USA
I Thought the Earth Remembered Me
Dir. Prem Santana, Writ. Prem Santana & Prod. Carylanna Taylor
16 Mins | USA
Dir. Alexandra Qin, Writ. Alexandra Qin & Prod. Alexandra Qin, Brooke Goldman
10 Mins | USA
Krush the Wrestler
Dir. Alex Megaro, Writ. & Prod. Ian Bell
14 Mins | USA
Project & Serve
Dir. Espie Randolph III, Writ. Espie Randolph III & Prod.
15 Mins | USA
Dir. Veialu Aila-Unsworth, Writ. Veialu Aila-Unsworth & Prod. Veialu Aila-Unsworth
8 Mins | USA
InFocus: Disability
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Dir. Nomin Gantulga, Writ. Nomin Gantulga, Genevieve Clay-Smith, Munkhkhishig Dashtseren & Prod. Genevieve Clay-Smith
13 Mins | Australia/Mongolia
Just Right
Dir. Camille Wormser, Writ. Camille Wormser & Prod. Tyler Michael James, Drue Robertson, Hunter Milano, Julia Nelson
16 Mins | USA
Mise En Place
Dir. Julian Neuhaus, Writ. Jacinta Marshall & Prod. Dianna La Grassa
6 Mins | Australia
Dir. Jake Myers, Writ. Geoff Bakken, Jake Myers & Prod. John Condne
7 Mins | USA
Head Over Wheels
Dir. Genevieve Clay Smith, Writ. Genevieve Clay Smith & Prod. Dianna La Grassa
6 Mins | Australia
Dir. Erin Brown Thomas, Writ. Olivia Haller & Prod. Olivia Haller
11 Mins | USA
Dir. Radha Mehta, Writ. Radha Mehta, Noorah Al-Eidi & Prod. Gabriel Gutierrez
16 Mins | USA
What Happened to You
26 Mins | USA
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Dir. D.M. Harring, Writ. D.M. Harring & Prod. Liana Montemayor, Stephen Mastrocola, Rafi Jacobs
14 Mins | USA
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This Body is a Shell
Dir. Ashley Eakin, Writ. Ashley Eakin & Prod. Shawn Lovering, Matt Sakatani Roe, Hannah Harper
7 Mins | USA
Feature Documentary Pairing | The Anarchist Lunch & Hunting Jack
The Anarchist Lunch
Dir. Rachel Epstein, Writ. & Prod. Rachel Epstein
45 Mins | Canada
Hunting Jack
Dir. Hidde de Vries, Writ. & Prod. Karim Hamad
49 Mins | Netherlands