Monthly Film Festival

March 14, 2020 // 12:00 am PDT - 11:59 pm PDT

Due to the public health concerns posed by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming NFMLA events taking place on 3/14/20 and 4/4/20. We appreciate your support of NFMLA and filmmakers, and apologize for any inconvenience as we explore the best course of action for all involved. We will be in touch with further information when it becomes available (due to the rapidly evolving nature of events, we do not currently have an estimate of when that will be).

Because of the financial hardship caused to NFMLA as a non-profit organization, we ask you to consider donating your ticket purchase to the organization in support of our efforts and operating costs. If you not able to donate your ticket purchase, you may request a refund on your ticket through Eventbrite.


Community Collaborators

AWDWomen's Voices NowAlliance for Women ComposersUN Women LA ChapterWomen in Media

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) invites you to celebrate up-and-coming female talent behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema. The day’s programming includes two programs rich with a variety of stories, genres and perspectives from female filmmakers, and concludes with an exciting new feature by writer-director Rachel Wortell.

The evening begins with a shorts program that presents a combination of documentaries and narratives that tackle the experiences found in the overlap between sexuality, homelessness, mental health, disability, and cultural context. The stories we get to delve into include LGBTQ+ teen homelessness, deafness in Latinx communities, the cultural narrative around women and sex, and Jessie Adler’s look at suicide in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in her documentary, Boxers of Brule.

The program continues with the second shorts program, which includes stories of women and intuition, the frustrations of motherhood, female friendship, intergenerational conflict, and Kirsten Vangsness’s directorial debut, the beautifully animated and uncannily vivid representation of an experience of a lack of safety all too familiar to many, Curtains.

The night’s line-up concludes 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.

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.

First come, first served. While supplies last. Only limited number of seats available. Seating is not guaranteed. Arrive early. Theater is not responsible for overbooking. Screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Shorts Program # 1
4:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:30 PM – Program
6:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Shorts Program # 2
6:15 PM – Pre-Reception
6:45 PM – Program
8:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Feature Program: Romance Analyst
8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:45 PM – Program
10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

Parking ($5 fee)
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

InFocus: Female Cinema - Shorts Program # 1
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He Wants To Know My Number

Dir. & Writ. Sakinah Iman
4 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

Dir. Kimi Howl Lee
15 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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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
Film Synopsis
Media Kit


Dir. & Writ. Aycil Yeltan
15 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
InFocus: Female Cinema - Shorts Program # 2

Pushing Buttons

Dir. Summer Rudas & Writ. Silvana Gargione
4 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
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Crimson Cuffs

Dir. & Writ. Madeline Vail
7 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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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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Red Ladies

Dir. & Writ. Parida Tanti
9 Mins | USA
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Dir. & Writ. Kirsten Vangsness
18 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
InFocus: Female Cinema - Feature Program: Romance Analyst
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Romance Analyst

Dir. Writ. Rachel Wortell
92 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis