Monthly Film Festival

February 19, 2022 01:30pm PST - 11:00pm PST

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

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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

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Schooled : The BTFC Black Producers Fellowship 2021
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Pens & Pencils

Dir. Rayne Harris, Writ. Gem Little & Prod. Gem Little
15 Mins | USA
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The Champion

Dir. Tonya McCornell, Writ. Akima A. Brown & Prod. Akima A. Brown
11 Mins | USA
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The Mechanics Rose

Dir. Yucef Mayes, Writ. Yucef Mayes & Prod. Craig Williams
15 Mins | USA
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I Won The Lottery

Dir. Jenn Shaw, Writ. Monique Hazeur, Jenn Shaw & Prod. Monique Hazeur
13 Mins | USA
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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
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Dir. Yero Timi-Biu, Writ. Yero Timi-Biu & Prod. Angela Moneke, Tom Dream
5 Mins | UK
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Dir. Charla Lauriston, Writ. Charla Lauriston & Prod. Charla Lauriston
5 Mins | USA
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Black Women Should Never Humble Themselves

Dir. Maya JoAnn Gwynn & Prod. Maya Gwynn
14 Mins | USA
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Dir. Moses Lawi, Writ. Moses Lawi, Halla Nelson & Prod. Bethany Henthorne
12 Mins | USA
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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
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Muscle Memory

Dir. Saladin White, Writ. Saladin White II, Lexx Truss & Prod. Najah Issata Diop, Kariemah White
15 Mins | USA
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Cary in Retrograde

Dir. Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw, Writ. Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw & Prod. Taylor Rae, Priya Domfeh, Phillip Domfeh
28 Mins | USA
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Apache Leap

Dir. Christian Rozier, Writ. John Lewis Tandy, Christian Rozier & Prod. Carrie Sage Curley, Douglas Miles Sr., Selina Curley
84 Mins | USA
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Music Videos
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Emeka The One – Pamu Pamu

Dir. Aubrinae Washington , Writ. Emeka The One & Prod. Emeka The One
4 Mins | USA
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Dir. Christine Kilmer & Prod. Christine Kilmer, Morgan H Gross
3 Mins | USA
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Bi-2 – We don’t need a hero

Dir. Max Shishkin, Writ. Max Shishkin & Prod. Vitaly Kapitonov, Kirill Borisov
5 Mins | Russia
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We Own This Crown

Dir. Shannon Rugani, SIEGE INC, Writ. Shannon Rugani & Prod. Shannon Rugani, Larissa Roesch
5 Mins | USA
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Wavy Luv

Dir. Jeffrey Wu, Writ. Kelsey Tang & Prod. Kelsey Tang
4 Mins | USA
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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
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A Mother’s Soliloquy

Dir. Cameron Kostopoulos, Writ. Cameron Kostopoulos & Prod. Daphne Daniels
6 Mins | USA
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Lastlings – Take My Hand

Dir. Marcus Butler, Writ. Joshua & Amy Dowdle, Marcus Butler, Jonty Bell & Prod. Alicia Rashleigh Butler
4 Mins | Australia
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Lampedusa – Christophe Mae

4 Mins | France
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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
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In the Air Tonight

Dir. Andrew Norman Wilson, Writ. Andrew Norman Wilson & Prod. Andrew Norman Wilson
11 Mins | USA
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L’Imperatrice – Afraid of Girls

Dir. Aube Perrie & Prod. Laura Duchesne
5 Mins | France
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Megan Thee Stallion – Thot Shit

Dir. Aube Perrie, Writ. Aube Perrie & Prod. Boris Labourguigne
5 Mins | USA
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