Monthly Film Festival

February 23, 2019 12:00am PST - 11:59pm PST


African Artists Association

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) spotlights Black cinema with a selection of short films from Black filmmakers, along with a selection of local and international independent films.

The evening begins with American Bistro, director Arthur Diennet’s feature debut. This uplifting and funny film follows an uncle and nephew whose lives haven’t turned out as they had each hoped, who unite to open a restaurant in Los Angeles.

The night continues with powerful shorts program Other Lives, which offers a glimpse into alternate lives, including those that are imaginary, transcendent, forced upon us, or belonging to others.

The program concludes with the InFocus: Black Cinema shorts program, a selection of films depicting black experiences stretching from comedic to surreal, thought-provoking to heartfelt.

Schedule Details

Feature Program – American Bistro
4:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:30 PM – Program
6:15 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #1 – Other Lives
6:30 PM – Pre-Reception
7:00 PM – Program
8:30 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Black Cinema
8:45 PM – Pre-Reception
9:15 PM – Program
10:45 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

Feature Program: American Bistro
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American Bistro
Dir. Arthur Diennet
94 Mins | USA
Shorts Program #1 - Other Lives
Bertie Thumbnail
Dir. Garry Crystal
17 Mins | UK
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Can You Take My Picture
Dir. Cameron Thrower
12 Mins | USA
Kyoko Thumbnail
Dir. Marcos Cabotá and Joan Bover
20 Mins | Spain
Reflect Thumbnail
Dir. Dayanna Hernandez
6 Mins | USA
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The Sad Poet
Dir. Andrew Acedo
26 Mins | USA
Shorts Program #2 - InFocus: Black Cinema
Blueberry Thumbnail
Dir. Martina Lee
16 Mins | USA
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A Craftsman
Dir. Sanford Jenkins Jr.
13 Mins | USA
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The Woman in the Photo
Dir. Harry Owens
12 Mins | USA
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Dir. Aimiende Negbenebor Sela
15 Mins | USA
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Dir. Peres Owino
6 Mins | USA
Manifestation Thumbnail
Dir. Quint Scott
6 Mins | USA
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Existential Donut
Dir. Jason Pierre
14 Mins | USA