Monthly Film Festival

March 18, 2023 03:00pm PDT - 10:30pm PDT
Industry Delegates
Rae Benjamin
TV Writer
Samantha Starr
Circle of Confusion
Rachel Kiner-Lucas
Amazon Studios
Alexandria Martin
West Window Picture House
Peryn Reeves-Darby
Endeavor Content
Fior Fabian

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its March Monthly Film Festival and celebrates up-and-coming female talent in front of and behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema. The program will include two shorts programs, along with the Los Angeles premiere of Mother of Color, the debut feature from award-winning filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone.

The day begins with InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts I, a collection of films that explore themes of motherhood, fertility, birth, reproductive choice from a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We follow parents escaping the overwhelm of a childrens’ birthday party, a comedic instructional series on birth control, a girl seeking an illegal abortion in Iran, a mother’s spiraling mental health, a poignant story of a mother giving birth in prison, a story of pregnancy and community in a post-apocalyptic setting, and one woman’s struggle with her fertility coming to a head with her demanding job.

The day’s programming continues with the Los Angeles premiere of Mother of Color, the first feature from award-winning writer-director Dawn Jones Redstone. Inspired by the experiences of star Ana del Rocío, the film captures and takes us through the challenges of one mother breaking generational cycles as she seeks to balance family, activism and meaningful work.

The night concludes with InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II, an eclectic mix of shortform work from emerging talent, whose stories explore body image, intimate relationships, work and its many struggles, and assorted badassery. This block includes the Los Angeles premiere of Jazmin Aguilar’s Kid Ugly.

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: Female Cinema Shorts I
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Program
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature Narrative | Mother of Color
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Pre-Reception
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:15 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

Program #1 – InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts I
Escape From Pasadena
Dir. Corina Marie Mazzi, Writ. Corina Marie Mazzi & Prod. Corina Mazzi
4 Mins | USA
How to Hack Birth Control
Dir. Sassy Mohen, Writ. Sassy Mohen & Prod. Sassy Mohen, Steve Cubine
25 Mins | USA
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Red Light
Dir. Arzoo Saharkhiz
18 Mins | Iran
I’m Sorry, I Tried, I Love You
Dir. Goldie Jones, Writ. Goldie Jones & Prod. James J. Yi
10 Mins | USA
The Bond
Dir. Jahmil Eady, Writ. Jahmil Eady & Prod. Jahmil Eady, Selena Leoni, Reina Higashitani
16 Mins | USA
All Is Well
Dir. Elaine del Valle, Writ. Taylor Steele, Kea Trevett & Prod. Allie Delury
9 Mins | USA
Dir. Fearon DeWeese, Writ. Fearon DeWeese, Juliana Folk & Prod. Juliana Folk, Fearon DeWeese, Jane Solomon, Sally Forcier
29 Mins | USA
Program #2 – Feature Narrative | Mother of Color
Mother of Color
Dir. Dawn Jones Redstone, Writ. Dawn Jones Redstone & Prod. Ashley Mellinger, Tara Johnson-Medinger
87 Mins | USA
Program #3 – InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II
Dir. Eliana Pipes, Writ. Eliana Pipes & Prod. Eliana Pipes, Revel Rosa
5 Mins | USA
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Dir. Allison Torem, Writ. Allison Torem & Prod. Eva Fabray, Allison Torem
17 Mins | USA
Dir. Glo Brown, Writ. Glo Brown & Prod. Lulu Valencia, Ou Zhang
12 Mins | USA
Dir. Jessica Liu, Writ. Anat Eshel & Prod. Jessica Liu
5 Mins | USA
Until I Met You
Dir. Rachel Deutsch, Writ. Rachel Deutsch & Prod. Rachel Deutsch
19 Mins | USA
Emotional Labor
Dir. Alexa Best, Writ. Alexa Best & Prod. Alexa Best, Boman Modine, Lisa Timmons
12 Mins | USA
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This is a Man’s World
Dir. Parastoo Azad, Writ. Parastoo Azad, Khashayar Sepehri & Prod. Khashayar Sepehri
11 Mins | Iran
Leaving the Factory
Dir. Alessia Crucitelli, Writ. Allesia Crucitelli & Prod. Andrew James Levay, Catharine Dada
26 Mins | USA
Kid Ugly
Dir. Jazmin Aguilar, Writ. Jazmin Aguilar & Prod. Miranda Guzman, Miranda Pacheco
12 Mins | USA