Monthly Film Festival

January 14, 2023 03:00pm PST - 11:00pm PST
Industry Delegates
Margaret Mendelson
Management 360
Erin Dunlap
Topic Studios
David Baggelaar
Good Fear Content
Julia Baker

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its January Monthly Film Festival, spotlighting narratives whose perspectives offer us the world through the lens of aging characters, Kat Mills Martin’s debut feature Wake Up, Leonard, as well as a selection of highlights from our general program.

The day starts with InFocus: Counter-Ageism Shorts, a collection of films that tell stories of age and aging from all over the world, capturing protagonists as they navigate changing circumstances, recall pivotal life moments, find their truth and defy the societal expectations of age.

The evening continues with the first feature film by Writer-Director Kat Mills Martin, a feel-good fully improvised existential comedy that explores themes of mental wellness, queer love, and self acceptance.

The night concludes with Winter Shorts, an eclectic collection of documentary, narrative, experimental and episodic short form work with something for everybody. Explore the pilot episode of a web series about the trials and tribulations of a polyamorous quad, a woman looking for a home for her dog, a DACA-recipient Luchador, a glimpse into the life of a man in rural Sinaloa, the visions of a man grieving the loss of his mother, and the inspiring story of a beloved LA taco spot.

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 project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Counter-Ageism
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature Film: Wake Up, Leonard
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM – Pre-Reception
6:15 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Winter Shorts
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM – Program
10:30 PM – 10:45 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

InFocus: Counter-Ageism Shorts
Barefoot Empress
Dir. Vikas Khanna, Writ. Vikas Khanna & Prod. Doug Roland, Bindu Khanna
15 Mins | India
I See You
Dir. Michael Carnick, Writ. Michael Carnick & Prod. Chelsea Fenton
19 Mins | USA
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Dir. Barney Cheng, Writ. & Prod. Veronica Macias, Kimberly Rhodes, Michael McFadden, Kiera Pollock
18 Mins | USA
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Creme Brulee The Movie
Dir. Dawn Spinella, Writ. Judi JP Price & Prod. Judi JP Price
10 Mins | USA
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Letters for Lost Lovers
Dir. Faisal Ahmad, Writ. Faisal Ahmad & Prod. Raza Mallal
23 Mins | UK
Dir. Traci Hays, Writ. Nicole Stuart & Prod. Caitlin Renee Campbell
25 Mins | USA
Feature Film: Wake Up, Leonard
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Wake Up, Leonard
Dir. Kat Mills Martin, Writ. Nigel DeFriez, Kira Pearson, Kat Mills Martin & Prod. Maria Krovatin, Kat Mills Martin, Nigel DeFriez, Kira Pearson
73 Mins | USA
Winter Shorts
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Poly People
Dir. Thales Corrêa, Writ. Melisa Girard, Thales Corrêa, Anthony Moore & Prod. Thales Corrêa, Anthony Moore
10 Mins | USA
Dir. Roni Bahat, Writ. Roni Bahat & Prod. Kobi Mizrahi
25 Mins | Israel
Con Mascaras Y Sin Papeles
Dir. Carlos Alberto Mendez, Writ. & Prod. Carlos Alberto Mendez
34 Mins | USA
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Dir. Christopher Felix, Writ. & Prod. Thomas Macias, Moises Barba
6 Mins | USA
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Dir. Scott Felix, Writ. Scott Felix & Prod. Spencer Paysinger, Sy Huq
18 Mins | USA
Echale Ganas: The Villa’s Tacos Story
Dir. Shirley Yumeng He, Writ. & Prod. Ulysses Salcido III
29 Mins | USA