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.
Program #1 – InFocus: Female Cinema – Feature Program: Romance Analyst
2:00 PM – Program
3:30 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