Monthly Film Festival

March 19, 2022 03:00pm PDT - 11:45pm PDT

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its March Monthly Film Festival and celebrates up-and-coming female talent behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema. The program will include two eclectic shorts programs, along with award-winning documentary Pieces of Us, by director Cheryl Allison. This day of programming is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The day begins with Pieces of Us, an insightful and tender documentary exploring the lives of LGBTQ+ hate crime survivors who have chosen to tell their stories publicly, directed by Cheryl Allison, who is a two-time Emmy nominated and three-time Telly award-winning actress and director.

Next, InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts I – Self-Determination presents a line-up of films featuring women who take a stand, seek their freedom and fight for the future they envision for themselves. Their stories are global and their determination universal – from a stand-up stage in Los Angeles to a witch’s circle in Mexico to a forlorn basement bedroom in Colombia to the desert of South Sudan to a small village in Kygystan, they battle discrimination, false imprisonment, assault, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and the darkest corners of their own minds to find and hear their own voices. This block includes 2022 Oscar Shortlisted Best Narrative Short Ala Kachuu – Take and Run.

The night concludes with InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II – Togetherness, a collection of stories that encompass the range of what can emerge when we come together with others: community, solidarity, misunderstandings, frustration and sometimes harm. We explore families uniting behind a purpose amidst shared grief, the desire for inclusion, a couple with divergent plans, an intergenerational search for love, [dating miscommunication], [influencer vs activist], three generations of women living the effects one’s incarceration, a fraught discussion about consent, the persistence of a friendship between two homeless veterans, a child’s empathy for a refugee family playing out in his dreams, and the pivotal points of a love story between two queer Muslim women.

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 – Pieces of Us
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 – InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts I – Self-Determination
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 – InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II – Togetherness
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM – Program
10:30 PM – 10:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Pieces of Us

Dir. Cheryl Allison, Writ. Cheryl Allison & Prod. Mark Von der Heide, Carina Rush, Cheryl Allison, Mykel Dicus
92 Mins | USA
InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts I – Self-Determination

Stand Out

Dir. Vicki Syal, Writ. Vicki Syal, Trina Dong & Prod. Trina Dong , Vicki Syal, Sydney Miller
15 Mins | USA

I Am Normal

Dir. Olia Oparina, Writ. Anya Bay & Prod. Anya Bay, Olia Oparina, Jimmy Gadd, Aida Lembo
20 Mins | USA

You Up?

Dir. Flaminia Mereu, Writ. Lindi Cecile & Prod. Virginia Blatter
12 Mins | USA
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Dir. Ashley George, Writ. Alonso Diaz-Rickards & Prod. Maya Korn, Diana Mata, Enfant & Poulet
15 Mins | USA

Los Patines

Dir. Loren Escandon, Writ. Loren Escandon & Prod. Loren Escandon, Michelle Silver
8 Mins | USA


Dir. Marian de Pontes, Writ. & Prod.
15 Mins | USA
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Ala Kachuu (Take and Run)

Dir. Maria Brendle, Writ. Maria Brendle & Prod. Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio Gerber
38 Mins | Switzerland
InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts II – Togetherness

Saving Salvador

Dir. Luisa Maria González, Writ. Luisa Maria González & Prod. André Fernandez
12 Mins | USA


Dir. Robyn Paris, Writ. Robyn Paris & Prod. Raeann Giles, Robyn Paris, Sierra Huitt, Maria Byron Trent
13 Mins | USA
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Dir. Christina Tucker, Writ. Christina Tucker & Prod. Nicola Rose
6 Mins | USA
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Women, Wanting

Dir. Rebekah Pahl, Jill Karrenbrock, Writ. Rebekah Pahl, Jill Karrenbrock & Prod. Jill Karrenbrock, Rebekah Pahl, Kristi Karrenbrock
18 Mins | USA
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Beach Body

Dir. Kelly Diaz, Writ. Kelly Diaz & Prod. Jacobo Aparicio
9 Mins | USA
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Dir. Naiyah Ambros, Writ. Naiyah Ambros & Prod. Stephanie Jones
6 Mins | USA
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The Home I Never Had

Dir. Jourdan Amen, Yuliana Franco, Writ. & Prod. Jourdan Amen, Yuliana Franco
7 Mins | USA

Jen, 28

Dir. Iyin Landre, Writ. Jessica Sharples & Prod. Jasmine Fontes, Jessica Sharples
13 Mins | USA

Blood and Glory

Dir. Satinder Kaur, Writ. Satinder Kaur & Prod. Women In Media, Yvonne Jimenez
12 Mins | USA

Our Hearts Beat Like War

Dir. Elinor Nechemya, Writ. Elinor Nechemya & Prod. Elinor Nechemya
15 Mins | Israel
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Noor & Layla

Dir. Fawzia Mirza, Writ. Fawzia Mirza & Prod. Andria Wilson
13 Mins | Canada