Monthly Film Festival

June 06, 2020

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) returns to celebrate up-and-coming female talent behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema, now Powered by Seed&Spark on their virtual festival platform. InFocus: Female Cinema will include two shorts programs rich with a variety of stories, genres and perspectives from female filmmakers, along with Romance Analyst, an exciting new feature by writer-director Rachel Wortell. Each screening will be followed by live Q&A’s via Zoom.

The day’s InFocus: Female Cinema programming begins with feature film Romance Analyst, a surreal, contemplative and undeniably funny look at one woman’s relationship with her mental health, written and directed by Rachel Wortell.

The line-up continues with InFocus: Female Cinema’s Shorts Program # 1 – Intuition & Tradition. This block tells stories of women and intuition, unlikely community, the frustrations of motherhood, intergenerational conflict, and challenges traditional narratives about women and sex. It includes Kirsten Vangsness’s directorial debut, the beautifully animated depiction of finding oneself suddenly physically vulnerable, Curtains.

Our evening concludes with InFocus: Female Cinema’s Shorts Program # 2 – Seeking Home, which presents a variety of perspectives from women behind the camera. The stories we delve into in this block include LGBTQ+ teen homelessness, deafness in Latinx communities, and Jessie Adler’s look at suicide in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in Boxers of Brule.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Feature Program: Romance Analyst
2:00 PM – Program
3:45 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Shorts # 2 – Intuition & Tradition
5:15 PM – Program
6:45 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Shorts # 1 – Seeking Home
8:15 PM – Program
10:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Female Cinema - Feature Program: Romance Analyst
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Romance Analyst

Dir. Writ. Rachel Wortell
92 Mins | USA
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InFocus: Female Cinema - Shorts Program # 1 - Intuition & Tradition

Pushing Buttons

Dir. Summer Rudas & Writ. Silvana Gargione
4 Mins | USA
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Crimson Cuffs

Dir. & Writ. Madeline Vail
7 Mins | USA
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Just One Night

Dir. & Writ. Sahar Jahani
12 Mins | USA
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The Jessicas Are Turning 30

Dir. Maya Sugarman, Amy King
22 Mins | USA
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He Wants To Know My Number

Dir. & Writ. Sakinah Iman
4 Mins | USA
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Red Ladies or Help! My Mom is a Republican

Dir. & Writ. Parida Tanti
9 Mins | USA
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Curtains

Dir. & Writ. Kirsten Vangsness
18 Mins | USA
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InFocus: Female Cinema - Shorts Program # 2 - Seeking Home
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Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

Dir. Kimi Howl Lee
15 Mins | USA
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Deaf Latinos Y Familias

Dir. Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
13 Mins | USA
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Boxers of Brule

Dir. Jessie Adler
37 Mins | USA
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Topanga

Dir. & Writ. Aycil Yeltan
15 Mins | USA
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IDA
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AMP
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Mandy
San Diego Film Consortium
Women's Voices Now
LA Skin Fest
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