Monthly Film Festival

January 15, 2022 03:00pm PST - 11:00pm PST

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its first return to in-person events with its January Monthly Film Festival, whose InFocus: Counter-Ageism program spotlights narratives and storytellers battling perceptions around age, followed by the Los Angeles premiere of  Matthew Wade’s A Black Rift Begins to Yawn and closing with a selection of Winter Shorts featuring highlights from NFMLA’s ongoing programming.

The day starts with  InFocus: Counter-Ageism Shorts, a collection of films that tell stories of the joys, wisdoms and challenges of aging both in front of and behind the camera, celebrating protagonists and filmmakers alike as they thrive, embrace their truth and defy the societal expectations of age. 

The evening continues with the Los Angeles premiere of  writer-director Matthew Wade’s second feature film, A Black Rift Begins to Yawn, a surreal reality-blurring story of two scientists investigating their recently-deceased professor’s set of mysterious recordings, which he describes as “an experiment in stream-of-conscious narrative filmmaking,” and which won Honorable Jury Mention for Breakouts Feature at Slamdance Film Festival. It is preceded by Zach Dorn’s short animation, Charlotte, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and mediates on the memories of a folk singer’s long ago pop hit.

The night concludes with  Winter Shorts,  a selection of vibrant narrative films which each explore the complexities, challenges and beauty of connecting with others, be they strangers or family. The frustrations of work, the nuances of love, the pain of loss and the meaningful encounters we chance upon are all represented in this block. 

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: Counter-Ageism
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 Film: A Black Rift Begins to Yawn (w/Charlotte)
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM – Program
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Winter Shorts
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 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 vaccinated with proof of vaccination or be ready to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend any live in person programming, events or interviews (herein referred to as ‘activity’).

Please note: if you are not vaccinated and are presenting a negative COVID-19 test for entry, the test MUST BE TAKEN WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOU ATTENDING EACH ACTIVITY DATE.

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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InFocus: Counter-Ageism
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The Pratt in the Hat

Dir. Susan Hillary, Writ. Susan Hillary & Prod. Susan Hillary
15 Mins | USA
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Coming Soon

Sophie in Hollywood (Episodes 1, 2 & 4)

Dir. Marya Mazor, Writ. Noreen Lee, Kazumi Kusano & Prod. Noreen Lee, Kimberli Wong
14 Mins | USA
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A Poem by Alba

Dir. Yoo Lee, Writ. Yoo Lee & Prod. Sam Retzer
6 Mins | USA
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If You Want Me To

Dir. Liquid Girlfriend, Janet Van Ham, Writ. Liquid Girlfriend & Prod.
4 Mins | USA
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Don’t Close Your Eyes

Dir. Janet Van Ham, Writ. Robin J. Hayes, Janet Van Ham & Prod. Janet Van Ham
11 Mins | USA
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Lost Time

Dir. Jack Montgomery Baxter Chapman, Writ. & Prod. Jack Montgomery Baxter Chapman, Marco Eisenbarth
12 Mins | UK
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Good Men and Unicorns

Dir. Jake Ebright, Writ. Jake Ebright, Capri Ebright & Prod. Jake Ebright
22 Mins | USA
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A Black Rift Begins to Yawn (w/ Charlotte)
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Dir. Zach Dorn, Writ. Zach Dorn & Prod. Zach Dorn
12 Mins | USA
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A Black Rift Begins to Yawn

Dir. Matthew Wade, Writ. Matthew Wade & Prod. Sara Lynch, Matthew Wade
102 Mins | USA
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Winter Shorts
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The Cocktail Party

Dir. Jessica Sanders, Writ. Jessica Sanders, Charlotte Taschen & Prod. Patricia Seely
5 Mins | USA
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Dir. Maya Zydman, Writ. Maya Zaydman & Prod. Roni Huberman
19 Mins | Israel
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Last Weekend

Dir. Mandy Fabian, Writ. Mandy Fabian & Prod. Mandy June Turpin
17 Mins | USA
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Of Hearts and Castles

Dir. Ruben Navarro, Writ. Ruben Navarro & Prod. Sheri D. Bradford, Ruben Navarro
15 Mins | USA, Spain
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A Bitter Fruit

Dir. Ryan Weatrowski, Writ. Ryan Weatrowski & Prod. Taylor Greenthal
15 Mins | USA
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Serious Matters in the Middle of the Night

Dir. Josh Copeland, Writ. Josh Copeland & Prod. Josh Copeland, Brittany Carlton, Taylor Napier
16 Mins | USA
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Dir. Chun Chun Chang, Writ. & Prod.
5 Mins | USA
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