Monthly Film Festival

November 16, 2019 12:00am PST - 11:59pm PST


The night begins with shorts program InFocus: Native Cinema, which offers a collection of short films from Native and indigenous filmmakers that explore questions of identity, femininity, cultural preservation and revival, and poetic resonance in the everyday.

The evening continues with Shorts Program #2: The Monsters Inside, a collection of thoughtful, and at moments haunting, examinations of protagonists metaphorically at odds with their bodies.

The conclusion of the program is the World Premiere of Up The 5, an eclectic and character-driven comedy that navigates a range of comedic styles as it follows the path of a lime green VW bus up the 5 Freeway in pursuit of a pair of con artists in a stolen Cadillac. Up The 5 is the first feature by director Gabriel Adams.

Schedule Details

Shorts Program #1 – InFocus: Native Cinema
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Pre-Reception
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Program
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #2 – The Monsters Inside
6:15 PM – 6:45 PM – Pre-Reception
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Program
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Audience Q&A
Feature Program – Up The 5
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Pre-Reception
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM – Program
10:30 PM – 10:45 PM – Audience Q&A
10:45 PM – 11:30 PM – After-Party
11:30 PM – Event Wraps

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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

InFocus: Native Cinema

the bookends.

Dir. Elizabeth Hinkler, Dir Emily Hinkler
8 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

Dir. Justyn Ah Chong
20 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Waniska – an Awakening of Indigenous Knowledge

Dir. Florence Allen, Rose Bird, Willie Ermine, Preston Gardypie, Gilbert Kewistep, Mary Lee, Margaret Reynolds
25 Mins | Canada
Film Synopsis
Métis Femme Bodies Thumbnail

Métis Femme Bodies

Dir. Chanelle Lajoie
6 Mins | Canada
Film Synopsis
Everything Looks Better On Fire Thumbnail

Everything Looks Better On Fire

Dir. Elizabeth Hinkler
4 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Rosie Thumbnail


Dir. Gail Maurice
17 Mins | Canada
Film Synopsis
The Monsters Inside

Afternoon Delight

Dr. Michael Lockshin
13 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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Propolis, Part 7

Dir. Patricia Beckmann Wells
3 Mins | USA/Switzerland
Film Synopsis

The Pregnant Ground

Dir. Haolu Wang
25 Mins | UK
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
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Thee Conductor – “Face Crinkle”

Dir. Scott A. Shellhamer, Dir. Jason Butler, Dir. Chritstian Murray
3 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin)

Dir. Michelle Salcedo
23 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
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First Position.

Dir. Michael Elias Thomas
20 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Feature Program

Up The 5

Dir. Gabriel Adams
85 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit