Monthly Film Festival

August 07, 2021 11:00am PDT - 09:30pm PDT
Event Delegates
Gus Hoffman
Warner Bros. Television
Natalie Wegner
Charlotte Lichtman
Carly Kleinbart
Mandeville Films
Pia Chikiamco
Charnay Mather
Anonymous Content
Tara Nadolny
VICE Media
Auri Maruri
Event Speakers & Panelists
Brian Yorkey
Writer, Showrunner
Anthony Sparks
NACCP Image Award Nominated Writer/Producer

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts and exciting and packed month including an InFocus: Disability presentation of the finalists from this year’s Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, a selection of California-made short films, a collection of work from the City of Los Angeles co-presented by City of Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, as well as Los Angeles-based writer-director Dennis Curlett’s debut feature narrative, Paradox Lost. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The day begins with a celebration of the finalists of this year’s Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, a collection of films telling unique stories and showcasing disability in its many forms, as part of InFocus: Disability. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. The film challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, that provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.

The afternoon continues with shorts program Made In California, a selection of films shot throughout the versatile state of California, from the city to the forest to the desert, and across genres including music video, drama, comedy and horror.

The day’s line-up next offers Made in Los Angeles, a closer look at the City of Los Angeles through a selection of short form storytelling about community, resilience, connection and mental health, all shot right here in LA featuring a variety of its distinct and adaptive locations. Co-presented by City of Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.

The evening concludes with Paradox Lost, writer-director Dennis Curlett’s feature debut, a time traveling romantic dramedy set in the world of improv.

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.

Schedule Details

Program #1: InFocus: Disabilities – Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Finalists
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: Made In California
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Made in Los Angeles
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4: Feature Program: Paradox Lost
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Disabilities – Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Finalists
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Breaking Cody
Dir. Victoria Elena Nones, Writ. Cody J LaScala & Victoria Elena Nones & Prod. Cody J LaScala & Victoria Elena Nones Nathaniël Siri
5 Mins | USA
Dir. Maria DiDomenico & Prod. Emily Pascal & Pancho Moler
5 Mins | USA
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Extra Special
Dir. Luke Terrell, Writ. Roque Renteria (aka Greg Roque) & Luke Terrell & Prod. Luke Terrell & Andy Arias
6 Mins | USA
NayNay Too Bomb Thumbnail
NayNay Too Bomb
Dir. Marie Alyse Rodriguez, Writ. Natalie Trevonne & Prod. Marie Alyse Rodriguez
4 Mins | USA
Lights Out and Away We Go Thumbnail
Lights Out and Away We Go
Dir. Veerle Ackerstaff, Writ. Ayla van Kessel, & Mari Sanders & Prod. Suzanne Lauwen
6 Mins | USA
Archaic Intergalactic Extraterrestrials Thumbnail
Archaic Intergalactic Extraterrestrials
Dir. Carl Hansen, Writ. Carl Hansen, Robert Romani & Scott Rosendall & Prod. Carl Hansen
6 Mins | USA
The Home Office (The Making of Cartoon HQ) Thumbnail
The Home Office (The Making of Cartoon HQ)
Dir. Dani Bowman & Prod. Sandy Vielma
6 Mins | USA
Superheroes Thumbnail
Dir. Grace Kelly, Writ. Samantha Hyde & Grace Kelly & Prod. Grace Kelly
6 Mins | USA
Couples Therapy Thumbnail
Couples Therapy
Dir. Melanie Rivera Waldman, Writ. Samantha Mannis & Prod. Melanie Rivera Waldman
5 Mins | USA
So You Wanna Be an Actor Thumbnail
So You Wanna Be an Actor
Dir. Catriona Rubenis-Stevens & Rachel Handler, Writ. Rachel Handler & Prod. Rachel Handler
6 Mins | USA
Social Fitness Thumbnail
Social Fitness
Dir. Anna Pakman & Prod. Anna Pakman, JD Michaels & Liz Pritchard
5 Mins | USA
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The Roommates
Dir. Jennifer Msumba & Writ. Jennifer Msumba
4 Mins | USA
Made In California
Last Black Man Thumbnail
Last Black Man
Dir. Devone X. King, Writ. Wooyeon Cho, Devone X. King & Prod. Wooyeon Cho
5 Mins | USA
They Fly By Night Thumbnail
They Fly By Night
Dir. Ross Kolton, Bill Tangradi, Writ. Ross Kolton, Bill Tangradi & Prod. Ross Kolton, Bill Tangradi
30 Mins | USA
Abby and Emily Go To Palm Springs
Dir. Hellin Kay, Writ. Hellin Kay & Prod. Hellin Kay, Nancy Degnan, Michelle L. Morby
14 Mins | USA
The Gift
Dir. Jacintha Charles, Writ. Jacintha Charles, Emma Scully, Kendra Goff & Prod. Lisa Yadao
13 Mins | USA
Run Rabbit Run
Dir. Ilya Polyakov, Writ. Peter Bradshaw & Prod. Ilya Polyakov
20 Mins | USA
Our Place Together
Dir. Clay Marshall Pruitt, Writ. Clay Marshall Pruitt & Prod. Alex Hughes, Whitney Loveall
18 Mins | USA
Made in Los Angeles
April Kills The Vibe
Dir. Bonnie Mckee, Writ. Bonnie McKee & Prod. Alex Schindler, Bonnie Mckee
14 Mins | USA
Son of Oakland: A Tribute to Victor McElhaney
Dir. David Lami Friebe, Nia Renee Warren, Writ. David Lami Friebe & Prod. Nia Renee Warren
22 Mins | USA
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Dir. Talia Shea Levin, Chor.
2 Mins | USA
Cranberry Nights
Dir. Sara Robin, Writ. Sara Robin & Prod. Matias Letelier, Sara Robin
16 Mins | USA
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Angels Landing
Dir. David R. Liu, Writ. David R. Liu & Prod. David R. Liu
5 Mins | USA
Dir. Antony Berrios, Writ. Antony Berrios & Prod. Antony Berrios
13 Mins | USA
Ikaw at Ako (You and I) Thumbnail
Ikaw at Ako (You and I)
Dir. Melanie Lim, Writ. Melanie Lim & Prod. Rommel Andaya
13 Mins | USA
Big Touch
Dir. Christopher Tenzis, Writ. Christopher Tenzis & Prod. Gabrielle Cordero
3 Mins | USA
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The Great Artist
Dir. Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, Writ. Matthew Postlethwaite, Sunny Vachher & Prod. Sunny Vachher, Matthew Postlethwaite
23 Mins | USA
Feature: Paradox Lost
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Paradox Lost
Dir. Dennis Curlett, Writ. Dennis Curlett & Prod. Rebecca Edwards, Steven Strobel
93 Mins | USA