Monthly Film Festival

November 19, 2022 03:00pm PST - 10:30pm PST

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its November Monthly Film Festival, which will include its annual InFocus: Indigenous Cinema program, which highlights the work of indigenous filmmakers in front of and behind the camera,  writer-director Em Johnson’s narrative feature, coming-of age story Balloon Animal, and Fall Shorts, an offering of highlights from NFMLA’s ongoing general program.  

The day begins with InFocus: Indigenous Cinema, a selection of  outstanding short films by talented indigenous filmmakers from around the world. The program’s stories explore family relationships, connection to land, coming of age, grief,  gender identity and integrity through a range of genres and forms, including  documentary, drama, comedy, satire and music video. The program concludes with the LA premiere of Sundance short documentary  Long Line of Ladies, co-directed by NFMLA alumni Shaandiin Tome and Rayka Zehtabchi.

The day’s programming continues with Balloon Animal, Student Academy Award nominated writer-director Em Johnson’s visually rich second feature, which explores the life of a performer in her mid-20s searching for her own identity after having been part of her family’s traveling circus since childhood. 

The evening concludes with shorts program “Fall Shorts,” an eclectic mix of short narratives highlighted this season that offer everything from advertisement satire to a kid who decides to put himself up for adoption to a relationship timelapse. We see stories about coping with disability, unstable households, keeping one’s integrity in the face of social and political issues and about navigating new and mysterious relationships.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting  communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Indigenous Cinema
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Program
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature – Balloon Animal
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Program
7:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Fall Shorts
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:15 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 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

InFocus: Indigenous Cinema
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The Original Shareholder Experience

Dir. Petyr Xyst, Writ. Petyr Xyst & Prod. Autumn Rose Billie, Lauren Begay, Petyr Xyst
13 Mins | USA
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Dir. Justin Ducharme, Writ. & Prod. Edzi'u, Justin Ducharme
3 Mins | Canada
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Dir. Moinica Taboada-Tapia, Writ. Monica Taboada-Tapia & Prod. Beto Rosero
16 Mins | Colombia
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Dir. Colton Eschief Mastro, Eric Jackowitz, Writ. Colton Eschief Mastro, Alex Weiss & Prod. Colton Eschief Mastro, Alex Weiss, Jenna Fink
26 Mins | USA
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Dir. Morningstar Angeline, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Writ. Morningstar Angeline, Ajuawak Kapashesit & Prod. Morningstar Angeline, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Alexandra Renzo, Jenn Garcia
12 Mins | USA
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Long Line of Ladies

Dir. Shaandiin Tome, Rayka Zehtabchi, Writ. & Prod. Garrett Schiff, Pimm Allen
22 Mins | USA
Feature - Balloon Animal
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Balloon Animal

Dir. Em Johnson, Writ. Em Johnson & Prod. Katherine Waddell, Ruvi Leider, Monica O'Hara, Ben Plotkin
88 Mins | USA
Fall Shorts
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The Pitch

Dir. Eno Freedman Brodmann, Writ. Eno Freedman Brodmann & Prod. Gon Tarragona
8 Mins | USA
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Dir. Robin Wang, Writ. Tony G.X. Shi & Prod. Andy Yi Li, Naomi Shroff-Mehta
14 Mins | USA
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Dir. Allison Sano, Writ. Ryan Christopher Lee, Allison Sano & Prod. Ryan Lee, Patrick Lee, Cecilia Lee
14 Mins | USA
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The Marigolds Listen

Dir. Jacob Figueroa, Writ. Jacob Figueroa & Prod. Jacob Figueroa, Bryan Biebl
6 Mins | USA
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The Question

Dir. Naiyah Ambros, Writ. Rebbekah Vega-Romero & Prod. Rebbekah Vega-Romero, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Kent Williams, Callie Jean Lewis
10 Mins | USA
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Dir. Matías Rodríguez Sfeir, Writ. Matías Rodríguez Sfeir & Prod. Kali Grimaldi, Matías Rodríguez Sfeir, Elías Sacal Tuachi
10 Mins | Mexico
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The Game

Dir. Aldo Vassallo, Writ. Aldo Vassallo & Prod. Ana Naumovska
21 Mins | USA
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The Voice

Dir. Marzhan Khaidar, Writ. Marzhan Khaidar & Prod. Marzhan Khaidar, Bakyt Zhumadilova
11 Mins | USA
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Beat Lingo

Dir. Jose Navas, Writ. Jose Navas & Prod. Maribel Cabrera
16 Mins | USA
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Pretty Pickle

Dir. Jim Vendiola, Writ. Jim Vendiola & Prod. Sam George, Nate Gilbert, Curtis Matzke
13 Mins | USA