Monthly Film Festival

May 14, 2022 01:30pm PDT - 10:30pm PDT

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Carolina Beltran

WME


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its May Monthly Film Festival and InFocus: Immigrant Stories program, featuring a program of short films about immigrant experience, along with a program highlighting recent work from the talented members of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective that give insight into the lives of undocumented communities in the the US.. The day’s programming also includes a selection of highlights from NFMLA’s spring program, as well as the LA premiere of Ice Mrozek’s debut feature film him & her, which explores the unfolding of an intimate relationship between strangers who meet by chance. 

The day begins with Undocumented Filmmakers Collective Spotlight, a collection of shorts showcasing recent work from NFMLA partner the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective. Building upon the media justice organizing of other undocumented leaders, the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective tackles the systemic inequities that undocumented immigrants face in the field of filmmaking, by centering the expertise of undocumented people not only as sources of stories but more importantly as creators, artists, and primary audiences.

Next,  InFocus: Immigrant Stories presents a collection of films that capture an array of  stories about immigrant experience and of immigrant communities. From both support and conflict within immigrant communities to the pain of being far away from loved ones to the challenges of starting over to a poignant lens on the trauma within refugee families, this program explores intimately the interiority of immigrant experience. 

The evening continues with the LA premiere of writer-director Ice Mrozek’s debut feature him & her, a dreamy and quirky 80’s-set romance based on a true story between two strangers who fall in love sight unseen. The film was made with a unique attention to authenticity and creates a viewing experience like no other. “As human beings, we seek to connect with others.  Ironically, at a time when we are more connected than ever in society, we are also the most disconnected,” says Mrozek.  

The night concludes with Spring Shorts, a selection of short narratives from  NFMLA’s ongoing programming, which includes a mix of genres from comedy to music video to thriller to drama. From enjoying the journey to falling in love to fighting the patriarchy and confronting history, this program offers something for everybody.

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 – Undocumented Filmmakers Collective Spotlight
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Pre-Reception
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Program
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Immigrant Stories
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Pre-Reception
4:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Program
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature: him & her
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Pre-Reception
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM – Program
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4 – Spring Shorts
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Pre-Reception
9:00 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

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Undocumented Filmmakers Collective Spotlight

Mojosito and Me

Dir. Lidieth Arevalo, Writ. Lidieth Arevalo & Prod. Lidieth Arevalo
7 Mins | USA
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What the Pier Gave Us

Dir. Luna x Moya
7 Mins | USA
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Oda a Los Frijoles

Dir. Karolina Esqueda
4 Mins | USA
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I Know What Pandemic Means (Yo Se Que Es Pandemia)

Dir. Frisly Soberanis
16 Mins | USA
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Ziola

Dir. Marcos Nieves
3 Mins | USA

Thank You, Come Again

Dir. Nirav Bhakta, Writ. Nirav Bhakta & Prod. Kelsey Fordham, Keertana Sastry, Alexcina Figueroa
11 Mins | USA
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35

Dir. Rahi Hasan
6 Mins | Bangladesh, USA

COVER/AGE

Dir. Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
25 Mins | USA
InFocus: Immigrant Stories

Man Brows

Dir. Rohan Srinivasan, Writ. Rohan Srinivasan & Prod. Rohan Palla, Diya Correa, Rohan Srinivasan
9 Mins | USA
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Honeybee

Dir. Emilio Vazquez Reyes, Writ. Emilio Vazquez Reyes & Prod. Emilio Vazquez Reyes
3 Mins | USA
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Lift

Dir. Abraham Amkpa, Writ. Abraham Amkpa & Prod. Abraham Amkpa, Patrick Taylor, J. Mallory McCree
14 Mins | USA
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AmeriGirl

Dir. Samina Saifee, Writ. Samina Saifee & Prod. Shubhi Shekhar
10 Mins | USA

Encaged Love

Dir. Carlos Alberto Mendez, Writ. Carlos Alberto Mendez & Prod. Carlos Alberto Mendez
10 Mins | USA
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Last Day

Dir. Polina Osen, Writ. Anna Damaskova & Prod. Anna Damaskova
16 Mins | USA
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Seahorse

Dir. Nele Dehnenkamp, Writ. Christine Duttlinger & Prod. Nele Dehnenkamp, Christine Duttlinger
16 Mins |
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Guero & Prieto

Dir. Mario Garza, Writ. Mario Garza, Sarah Gamazo & Prod. Mario Garza, Carlos Beirrebeitzia
13 Mins | USA
Feature

him & her

Dir. Ice Mrozek, Writ. Ice Mrozek, Independence Hall & Prod. Independence Hall
97 Mins | USA
Spring Shorts
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At Dawn

Dir. Fany de la Chica, Writ. Fany de la Chica & Prod. Miriam Arrebola
3 Mins | USA, Spain
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Refrigerate After Opening

Dir. Kevin Ung, Writ. Kevin Ung & Prod. Subhro Das
6 Mins | USA
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Iron Head

Dir. Cameron Thuman, Writ. Zeke Cohen & Prod. Autumn Griffin
20 Mins | USA
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How to do Sh!t with Guido Gagootz

Dir. Adriano Valentini, Writ. Adriano Valentini, Sandro Iocolano & Prod. Adriano Valentini, Aaron Colom
9 Mins | USA

Still Rolling

Dir. Liang-Chun Lin, Writ. Liang-Chun Lin & Prod. Maggie Tao
19 Mins | USA, Taiwan
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Rebound

Dir. Alexander Casimir, Writ. Alexander Casimir, Mato Standing Soldier & Prod. John Laverman
12 Mins | USA
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Hiro’s Pizza

Dir. Derek Aiello, Writ. Derek Aiello & Prod. Zach Zahorik
8 Mins | USA

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