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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its annual InFocus: Canadian Cinema program, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Telefilm Canada. The program spotlights independent Canadian storytellers in a program that spans a collection of twelve short films, including alumni of Sundance, Slamdance, Palm Springs Shortfest, Toronto International Film Festival and imagineNATIVE, as well as Albatross, the debut feature film of Canadian-born Writer-Director Myles Yaksich.
The day’s programming begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts I, a poignant collection of work by emerging Canadian filmmakers that tells stories of family and identity – the way we are interconnected, the lengths we will go to to support those closest to us, and where we must choose to forge our own paths. The block includes stories about a boy whose father’s sexuality makes him the target of bullying, an immigrant father whose elderly neighbor reminds him of his own mother, a Two-Spirited daughter navigating a complicated relationship with her father while giving him a kidney, a medical student finding her own way in the shadow of two generations of gifted surgeons, and a young woman fighting for a better life for herself and her mother in a world where she is competing with genetically engineered peers for a coveted job.
The afternoon continues with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts II, an exciting selection of short-form storytelling about personal journeys, fitting in, standing out and what we do when we encounter a platform, opportunity, or threat. This block includes stories about an extravagant and problematic hotel guest, a lonely Afro-Cuban man who seeks to reconnect with himself, and arrogant social media fiend, a plus-sized student broadcaster encountering an ugly subculture that seeks to diminish her, a woman friend working up the courage to profess love to her best friend, a man deeply mourning the passing of his father, a three sanitation workers who find themselves with the audience of the Prime Minister.
The evening concludes with Writer-Director Myles Yaksich’s first feature film, Albatross, a late 50’s period drama examining identity. Yaksich says it is “a deeply personal story about timeless issues; race, gender, sexuality and belonging. Conceptually, I am fascinated by the ways we cope with challenging experiences to either grow or stagnate.”
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.
Program #1 – InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts I
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2 – InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts II
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM – Pre-Reception
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Program
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3 – Feature: Albatross
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A