Monthly Film Festival

September 18, 2021 12:30pm PDT - 09:00pm PDT

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Los Angeles County Arts Commission
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City National Bank
Hollywood Foreign Press

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema event. The InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema line-up consists of three short film programs. This event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The weekend will feature a lineup of exceptional independent films by emerging talent, with filmmakers and stories from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Spain and the Cuban diaspora.

The day begins with Shorts Program I – A Day at Work, a selection of films that explore work and labor in a meaningful way, as a source of identity, survival, pride and mastery, and the way it intertwines with the personal – our relationship to it and the way it mediates our interactions with those around us. Featured here are the stories of a rising pop star and a bathroom attendant connecting during the course of both of their work nights to discover their ability to help each other, a skilled robber and her partner facing the distrust inherent to their work, a retired mechanic who persists in his attempts at repairing a truck at any cost in order to recapture his former sense of purpose, and a recent immigrant’s tentative early steps into sex work born of economic precarity.

Next, the line-up continues with Shorts Program II – Generational Echoes, a collection of stories centering the relationships between generations and the effects that they have on one another on both a personal and societal level. The stories here include that of an absurdist conversation about soup in the middle of the street between an older and younger man, a father and son each growing up with the same playground landmark, a girl trying to learn more about her family history from her reluctant father, a five-year-old grappling with her father’s absence from her upcoming birthday party, an artist seeking her mother’s help from beyond the grave to deal with two generations of harmful men, a meeting that takes place in the projected future of a generation in whose world few animals remain, and a dancer who draws on the power of her ancestors to break a generational curse.

The evening concludes with Shorts Program III – In Search of Self and Place, a compilation of narratives that revolve around the pursuit of a sense of personal strength, both through internally finding and asserting oneself and through finding one’s place in relationship with others. These ideas manifest through the reflection on a relationship after heartbreak, the journey of a teenager taking her power back after her nude photos are nonconsensually shared, the quest of a sad and unpopular marionette on a mission to find his niche and his confidence, the bonding of a pair of lovers over one’s sharing of a story of overcoming, an emigrating mother’s meeting of a young couple that connects them forever, a visually poetic ode to spiritual belonging, and the story of a high school girl stepping fully into her identity.

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: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – A Day at Work
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – Generational Echoes
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – In Search of Self and Place
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I - A Day at Work
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Dir. Daniel Larios
11 Mins | USA
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A Heart Dies Twice

Dir. Itziar Martinez
12 Mins | USA
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Manos De Oro (Hands Of Gold)

Dir. Merced Elizondo
33 Mins | USA
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Dir. Maria del Mar Rosario
17 Mins | Puerto Rico / Cuba / USA
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InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II - Generational Echoes
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Dir. Victor Velasco
5 Mins | USA
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Dir. Pedro Henrique Chaves
15 Mins | Brazil
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Split Ends

Dir. Maria Alvarez
6 Mins | USA
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Lily <3

Dir. Jimena Muhlia
21 Mins | Mexico
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Imaginary Portrait

Dir. Felipe Martinez Carbonell
14 Mins | Argentina
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Dir. Federico Torrado Tobon
6 Mins | USA / Colombia
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Dir. Gabriela Ortega
14 Mins | USA
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InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III - In Search of Self and Place
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The Ugliest

Dir. Victor Ridaura
4 Mins | USA
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Dir. Laura A. Martinez Hinojosa
16 Mins | Mexico
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El Triste

Dir. Manuel Del Valle
14 Mins | Mexico / USA
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Back Then

Dir. Hernan Velit
15 Mins | Peru
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Under the Heavens (Seiva Bruta)

Dir. Gustavo Milan
17 Mins | Brazil
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Hijos Del Sol

Dir. Fernando Guisa
8 Mins | Mexico
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At Last

Dir. Lorena Gordon
13 Mins | USA
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