Monthly Film Festival

September 24, 2022 01:00pm PDT - 10:15pm PDT

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Industry Delegates
Alexander Zahn
Roberto Larios
Beatriz Sequeira
Blumhouse Productions
Christine Davila
Ojala Productions at Universal Content Productions (UCP)
Georgina González Rodríguez
Universal International Studios
Jessica Rose
Open Road
Jon Huertas
SAG Award Winning Actor
Sandra Condito
Alex Gutierrez
Warner Bros. Discovery 150
Crystal Caicedo
Matt Martin
Paul Perez
Perez Pictures
Dana Jackson
Echo Lake Entertainment
Cristina Garza
Endeavor Content
Oscar Ramierz
Moderators / Speakers
Carlos Aguilar
Film Critic / Journalist
María Estévez
ABC Spain
Malina Saval
Clayton Davis
Lorenza Munoz
Amazon Studios
Annie Chang
Universal Pictures

The weekend’s programming begins with a special in-person panel with Annie Chang who is the VP of Creative Technologies at Universal Pictures & Co-Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Science and Technology Council. Following this panel, we move to our first film program, InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – Connection and Disconnection, a rich collection of narrative and documentary work about the nature of connection and disconnection. We explore the complexities of family, the pain of loss and trauma, the traditions that bind generations and chance encounters that change everything. From finding love to fighting for safety and offering comfort, these films offer a range of emotions, experiences and the impacts of family and community on our trajectories.

Next, InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – The Surreal, a selection of stories expressed through horror, science fiction, magic and narratives that blur the line between the real and surreal. There is a pointed realness to the vivid worlds these films create using enchanted spaces, body horror, space exploration and dreamlike landscapes.

The evening concludes with InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – Representation, a line-up of films that explore the idea of representation from a variety of angles and ask what it means to represent and be represented – in media, geographically, in the crafting of an onstage persona and in the way individuals choose to engage with their culture and what it means to them. 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 its filmmaking community as part of its monthly program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule Details

Presentation on Creative Technologies in Filmmaking
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Presentation with Annie Chang

Program #1 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – Connection and Disconnection
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Pre-Reception
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – The Surreal
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Pre-Reception
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Program
8:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – Representation
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
Linwood Dunn Theater
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1313 Vine St. | Los Angeles, CA 90028

Parking (complimentary)
Parking entrance on Homewood Ave. between Vine and Cahuenga

Presentation on Creative Technologies in Filmmaking | Sponsored by 3 Dots Entertainment
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Because technology has infiltrated many aspects of filmmaking in the last few years, the need for technologists that also understand the filmmaking process and can work with creatives has become increasingly important. The creative technologist career is a newer role at many Studios, and Annie Chang, VP of Creative Technologies from Universal Pictures will explain what a creative technologist does along with how she got there (which was definitely not a straight line!). In addition to talking about her career, Annie will also give a primer on one of the most exciting new technologies – the use of video game engine technology in film and TV production and what virtual production is.

About the Speaker

Annie Chang | VP of Creative Technologies at Universal Pictures & Co-Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Science and Technology Council

Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and designing innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. Prior to joining Universal Pictures, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles at The Walt Disney Studios. During her career, she has chaired many industry leading committees and has been honored with numerous industry awards including being named on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of top “Hollywood Innovators” in 2020. In 2021, Hollywood Professional Association honored Chang with the HPA League Honor of “The Catalyst” which recognizes a leader who has successfully inspired ad sparked positive change and innovation in entertainment as a “mover and shaker,” and TVNewsCheck recognized Chang with their Women in Technology Futurist Award.

Sponsored by 3 Dots Entertainment

InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I - Connection and Disconnection
Pool Boy
Dir. Luke Willis, Writ. Luke Willis & Prod. Julia Epstein-Norris, Justin Barker
11 Mins | USA
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Any Place
Dir. Minerva Rivera Bolaos, Writ. Fanie Soto, Minerva Rivera Bolaos & Prod.
13 Mins | Mexico
No Soy Oscar
Dir. Jon Ayon, Writ. Jon Ayon & Prod. Emily Ruth Smith
15 Mins | USA/Mexico
Dir. Manuel Del Valle, Writ. Alexandra Segel, Manuel Del Valle & Prod. Sebastian Torres Greene
20 Mins | USA/Mexico
Dir. Giulio Meliani, Writ. Giulio Meliani & Prod. Loren Semmens
14 Mins | USA
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All Because Of The Damned Blonde’s Son
Dir. Danilo Vargas Martinez, Cristian Roberto Hernandez Figueroa, Writ. Cristian Roberto Hernandez FIgueroa & Prod. Kisarys Garcia, Vicente De Pea, Kimberly Taveras, Ana Martinez
18 Mins | Dominican Republic
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II - The Surreal
Dir. Victor Velasco, Writ. Victor Velasco & Prod. Victor Velasco
4 Mins | USA
Dir. Sylvia Ray, Writ. Marco Antonio Parra & Prod. Destinee Stewart
10 Mins | USA
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Dir. Jose Luis Aparicio, Writ. Carlos Melin & Prod. Leila Montero, Daniela Muaoz, Jose Luis Aparicio, Gabriel Aleman
30 Mins | Cuba
Who? How? And Where?
Dir. Victoria Garza, Writ. Victoria Garza & Prod. Ana Calderon
11 Mins | Mexico
Dir. Nicole Mejia, Writ. Nicole Mejia, Don DiPetta & Prod. Nicole Mejia, Don DiPetta, Blanca Balleste
15 Mins | USA
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I’m A Vampire
Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba, Writ. Sofia Garza-Barba & Prod. Sofia Garza-Barba, Juan Jose Montes Iglesias
15 Mins | Mexico
Noche Del Infierno (Hell Night)
Dir. Andrew Reid, Writ. Jesenia Ruiz, Vee Saieh & Prod. Gia Rigoli, Jake Katofsky
14 Mins | USA
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III - Representation
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Bad Hombrewood
Dir. Guillermo Casarin, Writ. Guillermo Casarin & Prod. Marian Cook, Santos Herrera
24 Mins | USA
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Mas Latina
Dir. Janeva Adena Zentz, Tim Young, Writ. Janeva Adena Zentz, Tim Young & Prod. Janeva Adena Zentz
14 Mins | USA
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Sabor Artico: Latinos En Alaska (Arctic Flavor: Latinos In Alaska)
Dir. Indra Arriaga Delgado, Writ. Indra Arriaga Delgado & Prod.
20 Mins | Mexico
Tejano Night
Dir. Alexander Rosales, Writ. Alexander Rosales & Prod. Carlos Estrada, Lizette Barrera, Humberto Perez, Monica Santis, Alexander Rosales
13 Mins | USA
Bertie The Brilliant
Dir. Gabriela Garcia Medina, Writ. Gabriela Garcia Medina, Joshua Sankar & Prod. Vicki Syal, Tara Ricasa, Gabriela Garcia Medina, Dylan Costa, Moanna Sherrill
24 Mins | USA