Monthly Film Festival

February 19, 2022 01:30pm PST - 11:00pm PST
Industry Delegates
Mike Rosen
Ahmadou Seck
Ozi Menakaya
Giselle Johnson-Morris
Blackmaled Productions
Charles Osowik
Charles Osowik Management
Disney Hall
Rebecca Shapiro
Lea Pictures
Kyle Castellanet
Echo Lake Entertainment
Talitha Watkins
ColorCreative Management

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its February Monthly Film Festival and annual InFocus: Black Cinema program, along with a block of films from The Black TV & Film Collective 2021 Black Producers’ Fellowship, the Los Angeles premiere of writer-director Christian Rozier’s Apache Leap and a program of local and international music videos. The Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The day begins with Schooled: The BTFC Black Producers Fellowship 2021, a sampling of films from The Black TV & Film Collective Black’s inaugural Producer’s Fellowship. To amplify Black creative voices, provide an invaluable development opportunity for emerging professionals, and develop a pipeline of skilled Black producers primed for career advancement, The Black TV & Film Collective Black created the Producers Fellowship to provide six emerging producers with $25K production grants, in-kind support and critical mentorship as they develop and produce narrative short films inspired by the Black experience in America. This project is exclusively focused on producers because they create “make or break” opportunities for entertainment professionals in front of and behind the camera. Producers are lifetime job creators that impact diversity and inclusion with the projects they bring to the screen, and often have careers that end in the corporate boardrooms of the multinational corporations that create, distribute, and market content to the public in all forms.

Next, InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts presents a selection of films from emerging Black creators both in front of and behind the camera. The program explores joy, connection, community, grief, fear and love through stories that delve into mental health, poetry, professional recognition, collective power, and the mystery of what lies beyond.

The evening continues with the Los Angeles premiere of writer-director Christian Rozier’s debut feature film Apache Leap, the story of an Apache artist navigating challenges while racing a deadline to get a job, produced in collaboration with the community of San Carlos Apache Tribal Reservation.

The night concludes with Music Videos, a visually rich collection of storytelling through the music video medium that celebrates the relationship between film and music on the big screen, spanning a multitude of genres of both music and filmmaking.

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 – Schooled : The BTFC Black Producers’ Fellowship 2021
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Pre-Reception
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Program
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Black Cinema
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM – Pre-Reception
3:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Program
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature Film: Apache Leap
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Pre-Reception
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Program
8:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4 – Music Videos
8:15 PM – 8:45 PM – Pre-Reception
8:45 PM – 10:00 PM – Program
10:00 PM – 10:15 PM – Audience Q&A

11:00 PM – Event Wraps

Please ensure that you have been fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination. YOU MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED in order to attend any live in person programming and/or events.

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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

Schooled : The BTFC Black Producers Fellowship 2021
Pens & Pencils
Dir. Rayne Harris, Writ. Gem Little & Prod. Gem Little
15 Mins | USA
The Champion Thumbnail
The Champion
Dir. Tonya McCornell, Writ. Akima A. Brown & Prod. Akima A. Brown
11 Mins | USA
The Mechanics Rose Thumbnail
The Mechanics Rose
Dir. Yucef Mayes, Writ. Yucef Mayes & Prod. Craig Williams
15 Mins | USA
I Won The Lottery
Dir. Jenn Shaw, Writ. Monique Hazeur, Jenn Shaw & Prod. Monique Hazeur
13 Mins | USA
InFocus: Black Cinema
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The Language of Joy
Dir. Ouida Washington, Writ. Ouida Washington, Jacqueline Allen Trimble & Prod. Ouida Washington, Jacqueline Allen Trimble
6 Mins | USA
0.5% Thumbnail
Dir. Yero Timi-Biu, Writ. Yero Timi-Biu & Prod. Angela Moneke, Tom Dream
5 Mins | UK
Dir. Charla Lauriston, Writ. Charla Lauriston & Prod. Charla Lauriston
5 Mins | USA
Black Women Should Never Humble Themselves Thumbnail
Black Women Should Never Humble Themselves
Dir. Maya JoAnn Gwynn & Prod. Maya Gwynn
14 Mins | USA
Dir. Moses Lawi, Writ. Moses Lawi, Halla Nelson & Prod. Bethany Henthorne
12 Mins | USA
Dir. Andrew Reid, Writ. Jesenia Ruiz & Prod. Tabatha Laanui, Brian Grigsby
7 Mins | USA
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Dir. Ciani Rey Walker, Writ. Ciani Rey Walker & Prod. Jerry Hu
19 Mins | USA
Muscle Memory
Dir. Saladin White II, Writ. Saladin White II, Lexx Truss & Prod. Najah Issata Diop, Kariemah White
15 Mins | USA
Cary in Retrograde
Dir. Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw, Writ. Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw & Prod. Taylor Rae, Priya Domfeh, Phillip Domfeh
28 Mins | USA
Apache Leap
Dir. Christian Rozier, Writ. John Lewis Tandy, Christian Rozier & Prod. Carrie Sage Curley, Douglas Miles Sr., Selina Curley
84 Mins | USA
Music Videos
Emeka The One  – Pamu Pamu Thumbnail
Emeka The One – Pamu Pamu
Dir. Aubrinae Washington , Writ. Emeka The One & Prod. Emeka The One
4 Mins | USA
Suicide Thumbnail
Dir. Christine Kilmer & Prod. Christine Kilmer, Morgan H Gross
3 Mins | USA
Bi-2 – We don’t need a hero Thumbnail
Bi-2 – We don’t need a hero
Dir. Max Shishkin, Writ. Max Shishkin & Prod. Vitaly Kapitonov, Kirill Borisov
5 Mins | Russia
We Own This Crown
Dir. Shannon Rugani, SIEGE INC, Writ. Shannon Rugani & Prod. Shannon Rugani, Larissa Roesch
5 Mins | USA
Wavy Luv (动荡的爱) Thumbnail
Wavy Luv (动荡的爱)
Dir. Jeffrey Wu, Writ. Kelsey Tang & Prod. Kelsey Tang
4 Mins | USA
Doll Klaw – You Said
Dir. Eric Foss, Writ. Eric Foss & Prod. Eric Foss, Roland Castro
6 Mins | USA
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Dir. Nalani Williams, Writ. Nalani Williams & Prod. Nalani Williams
4 Mins | USA
A Mother’s Soliloquy
Dir. Cameron Kostopoulos, Writ. Cameron Kostopoulos & Prod. Daphne Daniels
6 Mins | USA
Lastlings – Take My Hand Thumbnail
Lastlings – Take My Hand
Dir. Marcus Butler, Writ. Joshua & Amy Dowdle, Marcus Butler, Jonty Bell & Prod. Alicia Rashleigh Butler
4 Mins | Australia
Lampedusa – Christophe Mae Thumbnail
Lampedusa – Christophe Mae
4 Mins | France
The Sky Belongs to No-one. Thumbnail
The Sky Belongs to No-one.
Dir. Manuel Del Valle, Writ. Manuel Del Valle & Prod. Edgar Cortes Campoy, Joaquin Guerra, Amaury Jonguitud, Manuel Del Valle
6 Mins | Mexico
In the Air Tonight
Dir. Andrew Norman Wilson, Writ. Andrew Norman Wilson & Prod. Andrew Norman Wilson
11 Mins | USA
L’Imperatrice – Afraid of Girls Thumbnail
L’Imperatrice – Afraid of Girls
Dir. Aube Perrie & Prod. Laura Duchesne
5 Mins | France
Megan Thee Stallion – Thot Shit Thumbnail
Megan Thee Stallion – Thot Shit
Dir. Aube Perrie, Writ. Aube Perrie & Prod. Boris Labourguigne
5 Mins | USA