Monthly Film Festival

November 05, 2021 05:30pm PDT - November 06, 2021 09:15pm PDT

Hosted By






Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs
California Arts Council
Banc of California

City National Bank
Hollywood Foreign Press
California Humanities

Presenting Partners


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents a virtual edition of its annual line-up of Documentary films with DocuSlate on November 5th and 6th, 2021. The event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels. The film offerings include a selection of international features and short documentaries across seven programs. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A. DocuSlate is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Screenings begin on Friday night with the LA premiere of One Pint at a Time, a look into the growing world of Black-owned breweries changing the future of the beer industry by award-winning director Aaron Hosé.

Friday night concludes with director Dion Labriola’s Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol, a personal story full of twists and turns about the dogged pursuit of a childhood dream.

The line-up continues on Saturday morning with the North American premiere of Another Day in Paradise, director Tomer Halfon’s quietly stunning and unflinching portrait of his friend’s mother’s mental health struggle.

Next, the paired presentation of Michelle-Andrea Girouard’s Running Home and A Cuban Documemory by Marissa Chibás explores two journeys to visit and uncover familial roots, one that takes Girouard’s protagonist to refugee camps in Algeria while the other takes Chibás herself to Cuba many times over in this meditative work.

The day continues with the first shorts program, Environmental Impact, a collection of films exploring the environmental impacts of human activity, as well as the people moved to action by its effects. This program includes stories about a group fighting back in a Malaysian town drowning in plastic waste, communities around the world facing threat from rising ocean levels, and a retired Park Ranger who dedicated his life to conservation bearing witness to profound environmental changes.

The program continues with shorts program Resilience & Community, a selection of thought-provoking short documentaries about the resilience and power that comes from community in its many forms, whether through art and activism, aid and education, the interdependence of daily rhythms, the fight for vital resources, companionship during a long emigration journey, or from an unlikely friendship between former opponents.

The evening concludes with Hero’s Journey, a dynamic collection of documentary shorts about individuals each facing a stage of their own personal hero’s journey, from the deeply personal to the actively political. Included are stories of gaining and grappling with new self-knowledge following a diagnosis, commitment to activism in the face of unprecedented government sabotage, the impressionistic reflection upon the arc of a life that bent toward trauma and incarceration, the ongoing navigation of an inaccessible world, the transition to becoming housed after a long period, searching for memories of childhood amidst a changed internal and external landscape, and working to overcome the past by standing out in competition.

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

Friday, November 5th

Feature: One Pint at a Time
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Feature: Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Saturday, November 6th

Feature: Another Day in Paradise
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Suggested Screening Time
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Audience Q&A

Feature: A Cuban Documemory (w/ Running Home)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Short Docs #1: Environmental Impact
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Short Docs #2: Resilience & Community
3:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:45 PM – 6:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Short Docs #3: Hero’s Journey
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM – Audience Q&A

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One Pint at a Time

One Pint at a Time

Dir. Aaron Hose & Prod. Aaron Hose, Brigitte Hose
89 Mins | USA
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Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol

Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol

Dir. Dion Labriola & Prod. Dion Labriola, Andy Steinlen
66 Mins | USA
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Another Day in Paradise
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Another Day in Paradise

Dir. Tomer Halfon & Prod. Tomer Halfon
62 Mins | Israel
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A Cuban Documemory (w/ Running Home)
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Running Home

Dir. Michelle-Andrea Girouard & Prod. Inma Naima Zanoguera
30 Mins | Canada, United States, Spain, Algeria
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A Cuban Documemory

Dir. Marissa Chibas & Prod. Marissa Chibas
41 Mins | USA, Spain
Shorts Program #1: Environmental Impact

They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise

Dir. Marlena Skrobe & Prod. Marlena Skrobe
12 Mins | USA
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No Part Too Small

Dir. Stanley Lin & Prod. Stanley Lin, Cecilia Lin, Michael Lin
20 Mins | United States, Vanuatu
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Your Friend, Ranger Doug

Dir. Claire Jantzen & Sara Nell & Prod.
17 Mins | USA
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From North to South

Dir. Alessandro Rovere & Prod. Alessandro Rovere
19 Mins | Germany, Samoa, Tokelau
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Shorts Program #2: Resilience & Community

This Is the Way We Rise

Dir. Ciara Lacy & Prod. Chapin Hall, Adithiya Sambamurthy, Matthew Cushing
12 Mins | USA
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Birds Without Wings

Dir. Rishabh Thakkar & Prod. Rishabh Thakkar
25 Mins | USA, India
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song o day | To Live Here

Dir. Melanie Ho & Prod. Melanie Ho
21 Mins | USA
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Crow Country: Our Right To Food Sovereignty

Dir. Tsanavi Spoonhunter & Prod. Tsanavi Spoonhunter
21 Mins | USA
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La Espera

Dir. Danilo Do Carmo, Jakob Krese & Prod. Annika Mayer
14 Mins | Germany, Brazil
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The Khe Sanh Peace Garden

Dir. Tinh Mahoney & Prod. Tinh Mahoney
25 Mins | Vietnam, USA
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Shorts Program #3: Hero's Journey


Dir. Afton Quast Saler & Prod. Rachel Priebe, Reagan Shea
25 Mins | USA
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The FBI’s Secret War

Dir. David Reppond & Prod. David Reppond
14 Mins | USA
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Do you know who I am?

Dir. James McCracken & Prod. James McCracken
8 Mins | USA
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Dir. Christine Zivic & Prod. Hector Serrano
12 Mins | USA
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After Skid Row

Dir. Lindsey Hagen & Prod. Lauren Todd, Amelia Rayno
22 Mins | USA
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Miss Curvy

Dir. Ghada Eldemellawy & Prod. Ghada Eldemellawy
25 Mins | UK
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