Monthly Film Festival

November 20, 2021 12:00pm PST - 09:00pm PST

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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, director Adam Engel’s feature thriller Mouse, as well as eclectic shorts program “Little Bit of Magic.” Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The day begins with InFocus: Indigenous Cinema, a selection of short films by indigenous filmmakers from around the world that explore relationships, grief, the strength of familial bonds, resilience, survival and the horrors of the past through a wide variety of genres, including drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi and surrealism.

The afternoon continues with Mouse, a unique and gripping psychological thriller by New York writer-director Adam Engel.

The evening concludes with shorts program “A Little Bit of Magic,” an eclectic mix of short narratives with something magical at their center – whether literal, figurative, or manifested through the power of imagination, memory, a life-changing turn of events, or the chemistry between two people – that for better or worse intercept the lives of their characters.

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.

Schedule Details

Program #1: InFocus: Indigenous Cinema
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: Feature Film – Mouse
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Shorts Program: Little Bit of Magic
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Indigenous Cinema

My First Native American Boyfriend

Dir. Joey Clift, Writ. Joey Clift & Prod. Matt Mazany
5 Mins | USA

The Grief Cube

Dir. Adam Cox, Writ. Adam Cox & Prod. Johnny Mandaville
27 Mins | USA


Dir. Chantelle Burgoyne , Writ. Leilani Tamu, Chantelle Burgoyne & Prod. Marina Alofagia McCartney
16 Mins | New Zealand
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Dir. Maya Rose Dittloff, Writ. Maya Rose Dittloff & Prod. Maya Rose Dittloff, Aubrey Walsh Campbell, Annjeanette Belcourt
16 Mins | USA, Blackfeet Nation
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The Moogai

Dir. Jon Bell, Writ. Jon Bell & Prod. Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings, Taylor Goddard, Mitchell Stanley
15 Mins | Australia
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The Tongues (Njoukcamat)

Dir. Marja Bål Nango, Writ. Marja Bål Nango, Ingir Bål Nango & Prod. Elisa Fernanda Pirir
15 Mins | Norway


Dir. Alex Greenlee, Writ. Alex Greenlee & Prod. Nikki Reifler, Kris Greenlee, Jack Kohler
24 Mins | USA


Dir. Adam Engel, Writ. Adam Engel, Jase Egan & Prod. Vanessa Bontea, Adam Engel, Jack Shang
80 Mins | USA
Shorts Program: Little Bit of Magic

The Occult Son

Dir. Patrick Murphy, Writ. Patrick Murphy & Prod. Chace McGuire
13 Mins | USA

A Disagreement About Flies

Dir. Kali Davis, Writ. Kali Davis , Yugo Nakamura & Prod. Lauro Rocha , Kali Davis
12 Mins | USA

Beyond the Fuchsias

Dir. Tara Jackson, Writ. Tara Jackson & Prod. Tara Jackson
24 Mins | UK
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The Lights Are On, No One’s Home

Dir. Faye Ruiz & Prod. Ramani Menjugas
10 Mins | USA

She and the Darkness

Dir. Daniel Romero, Writ. Rubin Stein, Daniel Romero & Prod. Rubin Stein, Daniel Romero
13 Mins | Spain

Break Any Spell

Dir. Anton Jøsef, Writ. Lisi Purr, Anton Jøsef & Prod. Lisi Purr, Pierre Campbell
13 Mins | Canada

Must Love Pie

Dir. Patrick Clement, Writ. Patrick Clement & Prod. Patrick Clement, Ridghaus
13 Mins | USA