Monthly Film Festival

February 18, 2023 03:00pm PST - 10:30pm PST

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its February Monthly Film Festival and annual InFocus: Black Cinema program, spotlighting Black stories and emerging Black talent in front of and behind the camera across two shorts programs and a spectrum of genres, along with director Stuart McClave’s debut feature documentary On The Line: The Richard Williams Story.

The day begins with InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts I,  a program weaving together nuanced stories of friendship, place, perspective taking, family, loss and joy. We see characters embracing the moment, making difficult decisions, being confronted with violence, reaching for their dreams and becoming transcendent.

The evening continues with director Stuart McClave’s debut feature documentary On The Line: The Richard Williams Story. The film, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, features never-before-seen footage of Richard Williams beginning in the 80’s and paints a complex portrait of the man who boldly envisioned a future for his daughters, tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.

The night concludes with  InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts II,  a visually rich exploration of connection, community, identity, mental health, climate activism and motherhood through a range of genres, including movement, comedy, coming of age, sci-fi, experimental and drama. This block features When I Wake, the debut film of  2022 HBCU filmmaker of the year Julian Thedford, as well as the world premiere of award-winning writer-director Matthew Law’s True Story: God Tells Bad Jokes

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. This Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (LA City DCA).

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts I
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Program
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature Documentary | On The Line: The Richard Williams Story
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Program
7:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts II
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:15 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Program #1 – InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts I
It’s Snowing in the Summer
Dir. Gladimir Gelin, Writ. Ra A. Hearne & Prod. Anthony Gaskins, Ra A. Hearne, Ray Dorcely Jr., Olaniyi Akerele
10 Mins | USA
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Radical Joy
Dir. H.S. Naji, Writ. Nana Adwoa Frimpong, McKenzi Vanderberg & Prod. Hassan Al-Jahni, Annie Kane
12 Mins | USA
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Explain It
Dir. Anitra Stevens, Writ. Anitra Stevens & Prod. Pascal Hamilton, Maxwell Morro, Anitra Stevens
4 Mins | USA
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Clara
Dir. Khiam'e L.F., Writ. Khiam'e L.F. & Prod. Khiam'e L.F., Aubrey Campbell
13 Mins | USA
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The Fourth
Dir. Johnny Kirk, Writ. Johnny Kirk & Prod. Jason Chau, Mario Smith
12 Mins | USA
Little Trumpet
Dir. Megan Trufant Tillman, Writ. Megan Trufant Tillman & Prod. Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence
30 Mins | USA
Sallad
Dir. Tramaine Townsend, Writ. Tramaine Townsend & Prod. Amir Meghani, Hance Taplin, Jairus Midget
14 Mins | USA
Program #2 – Feature Documentary | On The Line: The Richard Williams Story
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On The Line: The Richard Williams Story
Dir. Stuart McClave, Writ. & Prod. Chavoita LeSane, Duncan Montgomery, Stuart McClave, Jack Selby, Gary Ousdahl
93 Mins | USA
Program #3 – InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts II
Moving Day
Dir. Christopher Malcolm, Writ. Christopher Malcolm & Prod. Christopher Malcolm
4 Mins | USA
June 22nd
Dir. Michael T., Writ. Michael T., Trey Malik Cruz, Evan A. Perez & Prod. Michael T., Estarlyn Hiraldo
24 Mins | USA
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White Washed
Dir. Raven Carter, Writ. Raven Carter & Prod. Maya Brown
5 Mins | USA
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True Story: God Tells Bad Jokes
Dir. Matthew Law, Writ. Matthew Law & Prod. Rob Smith
22 Mins | USA
Amina
Dir. Shanrica Evans, Writ. Shanrica Evans & Prod. Taryn Nagle
13 Mins | USA
When I Wake
Dir. Julian Thedford, Writ. Brianna Mottey & Prod. Julian Thedford
40 Mins | USA
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Black Madonna
Dir. Morgan Jerkins, Zora Schiltz Rouse, Writ. Morgan Jerkins & Prod. Zora Schlitz Rouse, Sophia De Baun, Shai Wottitz
17 Mins | USA