Monthly Film Festival

February 08, 2020 12:00am PST - 11:59pm PST

Community Collaborator

African Artists Association

February at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) offers a selection of local and international independent films, including its annual spotlight on Black Cinema as part of its InFocus series.

The evening kicks off with a shorts program that includes films about a mysterious falling rock, an overworked paramedic dealing making the decision of her life, a portrait of platonic love, a father and son redefining their relationship, and a refugee navigating a new life in New Zealand.

The night continues with the Los Angeles premiere of Shedding, director Jake Thomas’s feature debut and absurdist exploration of the world through the eyes of a house cat who transforms into a human ad unwittingly helps a family grieve a loss.

The program concludes with shorts program InFocus: Black Cinema, which features stories about love, violence, the way that history impacts our narratives, and the things passed on between generations. The program includes world premieres of Bernard Kordieh’s Sometimes I Feel and Jared Crowelle’s Troubled Times.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – Shorts Program # 1
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Pre-Reception
4:30 PM – 6:15 PM – Program
6:15 PM – 6:30 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2 – Feature Program: Shedding
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Pre-Reception
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Program
8:30 PM – 8:45 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3 – InFocus: Black Cinema
8:45 PM – 9:15 PM – Pre-Reception
9:15 PM – 11:00 PM – Program
11:00 PM – 11:15 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

Shorts Program # 1
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From the Clear Blue Sky

Dir. James Bachelor
4 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

The Motions

Dir. Frank Donnangelo
16 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Mitsuko and Jahan

Dir. Govind Rae
15 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Walk Off

Dir. Andrew Howell
34 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Run Rabbit

Dir. Robyn Paterson
19 Mins | New Zealand
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Feature Program: Shedding
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Dir. Jake Thomas
75 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
InFocus: Black Cinema


Dir. Jason Hightower
18 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Dir. James Grisom
6 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

Where the Dahlias Grow

Dir. Jayden Gillespie
16 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Sometimes I Feel

Dir. Bernard Kordieh
15 Mins | UK
Film Synopsis
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Troubled Times

Dir. Jared Crowelle
27 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

Jazz in Wakanda

Dir. Djaka Souare
10 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit