Monthly Film Festival

May 04, 2024 12:00pm PDT - 10:00pm PDT
Industry Delegates
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Mackenzie Maguire
Gravitas Ventures
Duane Luu
Lauren Craniotes

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its May Monthly Film Festival, which features its annual InFocus: Asian Cinema program and  InFocus: Immigration  program. The day also includes the west coast premiere of Dillon Tucker’s narrative feature Pure O, and opens with a selection of student animation in the CSULB Animation Showcase.

The day opens with the CSULB Animation Showcase, a juried selection of student short films from California State University, Long Beach’s Animation program will show a variety of films in different mediums from CG, stop motion, traditional hand drawn and hybrid approaches. Each film is a result of at least 1 year of work and development and represents each director’s unique perspective and creative vision.

Day begins with InFocus: Immigration, a collection of films that tell stories of emigration, immigration, immigration policy and the experiences of being a first or second generation immigrant. From not feeling like you quite fit in anywhere, to exploitative workplaces to being left behind when a family member emigrates, to finding community, the life and death stakes of border crossings and the effects that draconian immigration policies have on wider communities.

The day continues with InFocus: Asian Cinema, a program that spotlights Asian and Asian-American talent and storytelling in front of and behind the camera. Stories include a fierce boxer misunderstood by her first-generation immigrant mother, a thrilling heist in urban Taiwan, a first-born girl in China struggling with the place in her family following the birth of her baby brother, an intergenerational story of one women’s seeking of an abortion in Texas, a hired tutor with a growing sense of unease, an aunt’s dilemma in the face of her sister’s conservative parenting, an exploration of the promises of skin bleaching through horror, and a poetic portrait of intercultural appreciation and grief. 

The night concludes with the west coast premiere of narrative feature Pure O, writer-director Dillon Tucker’s directorial debut which world premiered at SXSW. The film explores pure obsessional OCD, a particularly intrusive form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, through Tucker’s own personal lens and lived experience. A messy, honest and ultimately hopeful story about mental health, recovery and connection.

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.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – CSULB Animation Showcase
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Pre-Reception
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Program & Q&A
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Post Reception

Program #2 – InFocus: Immigration
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Pre-Reception
2:45 PM – 4:30 PM – Program
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Asian Cinema
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM – Pre-Reception
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM – Program
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4 – Feature Narrative | Pure O
7:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Pre-Reception
7:45 PM – 9:45 PM – Program
9:45 PM – 10:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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

Program #1 - CSULB Animation Showcase
FLY EATER Thumbnail
Dir. Natalie Zamudio
5 Mins | USA
Endorphins Thumbnail
Dir. Chau Tran
3 Mins | USA
Molokhiya Thumbnail
Dir. Habiba Hassaan
3 Mins | USA
Experimental Therapy Thumbnail
Experimental Therapy
Dir. Patrick Daugherty
8 Mins | USA
Another Damn Hamster Day Thumbnail
Another Damn Hamster Day
Dir. Fio Cabral
4 Mins | USA
Canine to Five Thumbnail
Canine to Five
Dir. Erin Russell
4 Mins | USA
Conductor’s Crescendo Thumbnail
Conductor’s Crescendo
Dir. Emily Vu
4 Mins | USA
Root of the Problem Thumbnail
Root of the Problem
Dir. Amelia Bell
3 Mins | USA
Go Fish Thumbnail
Go Fish
Dir. Meghan Edwards
3 Mins | USA
SoLuna Thumbnail
Dir. Aki Lin
4 Mins | USA
Star Prince Thumbnail
Star Prince
Dir. Brian Quan
3 Mins | USA
The Wedge Between Us Thumbnail
The Wedge Between Us
Dir. Molly Owens
4 Mins | USA
Class Clown Thumbnail
Class Clown
Dir. Molly Owens
3 Mins | USA
LUDO Thumbnail
Dir. Melissa Navarro
3 Mins | USA
IKARI Thumbnail
Dir. Tamao Inanabe
3 Mins | USA
And The Dragons Danced Thumbnail
And The Dragons Danced
Dir. Mia Cesario
3 Mins | USA
Program #2 - InFocus: Immigration
Stitched Thumbnail
Dir. Lorena Lourenco, Writ. Pratima Mani & Prod. Naomi Sedgwick
16 Mins | USA
Happy Ending Thumbnail
Happy Ending
Dir. Élodie Yung Writ. Élodie Yung, Jonathan Howard & Prod. Jonathan Howard, Matthew Keene Smith, Jason McLagan, Marie Jamora, Élodie Yung
16 Mins | USA
Sara Thumbnail
Dir. Nahom Abraham Ghebremedhin, Writ. Nahom Abraham Ghebremedhin & Prod. Nahom Abraham Ghebremedhin
20 Mins | Eritrea
Límite Thumbnail
Dir. George Nicholas, Writ. George Nicholas & Prod. George Nicholas, Eliza Bonev
38 Mins | Mexico
The Heart Of Texas
Dir. Gregory JM Kasunich, Writ. Gregory JM Kasunich, Lauren Noll & Prod. Jordan Ochel, Soledad Bautista, Andy Racoti, Trey Chamness, Becca English
15 Mins | USA
Program #3 - InFocus: Asian Cinema
The K-Town Killer
Dir. Vahan Bedelian, Healin Kweon, Writ. Vahan Bedelian, Healin Kweon & Prod. Po Wei Su, Thomas Shin
14 Mins | USA
“Name” by mukio Thumbnail
“Name” by mukio
Dir. Bryan Ko, Writ. Bryan Ko & Prod. Wang, Xiang-wei
6 Mins | USA
A Roadside Banquet
Dir. Peiqi Peng, Writ. Peiqi Peng & Prod. Ziqi Gao
16 Mins | China
Of Silence And Song
Dir. Leyi Dai, Writ. Leyi Dai & Prod. Alex Jiang, Lameng Bei
13 Mins | USA
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Party Favor
Dir. Yasmine Gomez, Writ. Yasmine Gomez & Prod. Yasmine Gomez, Marisa Marquez
12 Mins | USA
Lovely Thumbnail
Dir. Naomi Shroff-Mehta, Writ. Naomi Shroff-Mehta & Prod. Dorothy Jackson, Nimmi Mohan, Milagros Montalvo
18 Mins | USA
The Old Young Crow
Dir. Liam LoPinto, Writ. Liam LoPinto & Prod. Liam LoPinto
12 Mins | Japan
Program #4 - Feature Narrative | Pure O
Pure O
Dir. Dillon Tucker, Writ. Dillon Tucker & Prod. Ricky Fosheim, Dillon Tucker, Allison Bryant, Ray Lee
115 Mins | USA