Monthly Film Festival

October 22, 2022 03:00pm PDT - 10:15pm PDT

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Industry Delegates
Janne Barklis
Jamie Spetner
Chernin Entertainment
Gabrielle Utsey
POV Entertainment
Noah Rosen
Writ Large
Sleena Wilson
Black Bear Pictures
Liz Spaulding

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its October line-up, featuring its annual InFocus: Veteran Cinema program, as well as two narrative features, The Sisters Karras by Micah Stathis and Nicole Mejia’s A Place in the Field, each accompanied by an opening short film. 

The day begins with feature film The Sisters Karras, a family drama about two half-sisters meeting and grappling with the last wishes of their estranged father following his death. The film is the debut feature of Writer-Director Micah Stathis. The block opens with the world premiere of  short film Friends Call Us Unlucky by award-winning Writer-Director Alyssa Toledo.

The afternoon’s programming continues with Adelante Lab inaugural directing fellow Nicole Mejia’s debut feature,  A Place in the Field, which tells the story of an Afghanistan war veteran processing and mourning the death of his best friend. The film “tackles the issue of PTSD in veterans through the vessel of magical realism and the lens of female-filmmakers,” says Mejia. The block opens with short film Til It Blooms, a beautiful meditation on grief from Writer-Director Wendy Xu.

The evening’s finale is InFocus: Veteran Cinema Shorts, which spotlights the talent of military veterans in front of and behind the camera in a program covering diverse stories and filmmaking styles in genres that span across sci-fi, drama, thriller, and experimental!

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 – Feature – The Sisters Karras (w/ Friends Call Us Unlucky)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Program
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature – A Place in the Field (w/ Til it Blooms)
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Pre-Reception
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Veteran Cinema
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Program
10:00 PM – 10:15 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

Feature -The Sisters Karras (w/ Friends Call Us Unlucky)
Friends Call Us Unlucky
Dir. Alyssa Toledo, Writ. Alyssa Toledo & Prod. Jonathan Daviss
30 Mins | USA
The Sisters Karras
Dir. Micah Stathis, Writ. Micah Stathis & Prod. Clare Louise Frost, Micah Stathis
87 Mins | USA
Feature - A Place in the Field (w/ Til it Blooms)
Til It Blooms
Dir. Wendy Xu, Writ. Wendy Xu & Prod. Wendy Xu, Po Wei Su, Victoria Moser
10 Mins | Canada
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A Place in the Field
Dir. Nicole Mejia, Writ. Don DiPetta, Xochitl Portillo-Moody, Bluesmon Del Vecchio, Khorri Ellis & Prod. Nicole Mejia, Heliya Alam, Don DiPetta, Niyah Edwards
81 Mins | USA
InFocus: Veteran Cinema
Blur: A HuMech Story
Dir. DK Greenley, Writ. DK Greenley & Prod. DK Greenley
10 Mins | USA
Shell Shocked
Dir. Paula Cajiao, Writ. Paula Cajiao & Prod. Paula Cajiao, Karla Sammut
14 Mins | USA
My Happy Place
Dir. Devin Scott, Writ. Devin Scott & Prod. Jeanne Scott
18 Mins | USA
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The One They Wanted
Dir. Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, Writ. Byran Harlow & Prod. Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, Bryan Harlow
17 Mins | USA
Dir. Hisonni Mustafa, Writ. Hisonni Mustafa, Lizette Hunter & Prod. Hisonni Mustafa, Lizette Hunter, Justin Melson, Champ Robinson, Jessy Bermudez
12 Mins | USA
Relationship Killers
Dir. Noah A. Waters III, Writ. Noah A. Waters III & Prod. Noah A. Waters III, Assia Lau'ren
11 Mins | USA