Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 18, 2018 -- NFMLA

Shorts Program #1
4:00PM Pre-screening Reception | 4:30PM Shorts Program #1 Screenings

Memory Box

Dir. by Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell | USA

A young mother working in a memory re-creation facility is pushed by a client to break the rules. 


Dir. by Matt Ferrucci | USA

Disgraced NBA superstar Jay 'J-Train' Tyrell has lost everything. After being arrested at the Red Roof Inn with drugs, guns and transvestite prostitutes, his career and life are on the outs. 


Writ. & Dir. by Alejandro Montoya | USA

A singer/songwriter must decide to keep following her dream when everything around her is telling her otherwise. 

Kid Gambled

Dir. & Writ. by Alex Familian | USA

Peer-pressured to steal a case of beer by his hooligan friends, a stoned anxiety-stricken teenager wobbles through the aisles of a Las Vegas convenience store battling his own self doubts and wild hallucinations. 


Dir. & Writ. by Quinn Smith | USA

Bruce, a formerly convicted felon recently released from prison, discovers his wife Camila's long time affair with his brother Mark. He must prove himself innocent once Camila's dead body washes up on the shores of Cape Cod. 
Feature Program - InFocus: Asian American Filmmaker - Growing Up In America
5:50PM Pre-screening Reception | 6:45PM Feature Program Screenings

Knowing Nothing Cold

Dir. & Writ. by Jeff Kao | USA

Knowing Nothing Cold follows a group of teenagers living in the American Midwest of the 1970's as they attempt the impossible –a graceful entrance into adulthood. 
Shorts Program #2
8:10PM Pre-screening Reception | 9:05PM Shorts Program Screenings

Back Page Ripper

Dir. & Writ. by Stephen Rutterford | USA

Blade Runner meets The Muppets. An experimentation with narrative. 

Shadows Of My Mind

Dir. by Peter Harton | Denmark

Danish singer/songwriter Peder drags us into the darkest corner of our minds to the tune of dank, dusty blues in the short film for 'Shadows Of My Mind' directed by Peter Harton. 

Illusory Promises

Dir. & Writ. by Alejandro Echevarria | USA

A traveling young man and a hippie woman hitchhiking along the road don't exactly vibe together in this semiotic parable. 

The Raisin

Dir. by Rob Carter | UK

A rural romance that centers around the story of one raisin. This film looks at the effects that loneliness can have on a person when finally met with the opportunity for companionship. 

Killing a Tree

Dir. by Beau Jamieson | USA

A glimpse at the horrific crimes surrounding a family where we see everything except the people, showing the humanity alongside the inhumane. There is no cast and only one location. 


Dir. by Christopher Oliva | USA

A young man with big aspirations sets out on a very curious and unique path to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut. Unemployed and living with his single mother, Rupert Madurski must find a nice balance in a world without spacemen. 


Dir. & Writ. by Tuan Le | Writ. by John Bellina | USA

Evan meets a girl who claims to be his girlfriend from three years in the future.

Wilki W. K. Tom

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 2017 -- Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

LOS ANGELES, CA – A record 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.  Haiti, Honduras, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants.

The 2017 submissions are:

Afghanistan, "A Letter to the President," Roya Sadat, director;
Albania, "Daybreak," Gentian Koçi, director;
Algeria, "Road to Istanbul," Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Argentina, "Zama," Lucrecia Martel, director;
Armenia, "Yeva," Anahit Abad, director;
Australia, "The Space Between," Ruth Borgobello, director;
Austria, "Happy End," Michael Haneke, director;
Azerbaijan, "Pomegranate Orchard," Ilgar Najaf, director;
Bangladesh, "The Cage," Akram Khan, director;
Belgium, "Racer and the Jailbird," Michaël R. Roskam, director;
Bolivia, "Dark Skull," Kiro Russo, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Men Don't Cry," Alen Drljević, director;
Brazil, "Bingo - The King of the Mornings," Daniel Rezende, director;
Bulgaria, "Glory," Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors;
Cambodia, "First They Killed My Father," Angelina Jolie, director;
Canada, "Hochelaga, Land of Souls," François Girard, director;
Chile, "A Fantastic Woman," Sebastián Lelio, director;
China, "Wolf Warrior 2," Wu Jing, director;
Colombia, "Guilty Men," Iván D. Gaona, director;
Costa Rica, "The Sound of Things," Ariel Escalante, director;
Croatia, "Quit Staring at My Plate," Hana Jušić, director;
Czech Republic, "Ice Mother," Bohdan Sláma, director;
Denmark, "You Disappear," Peter Schønau Fog, director;
Dominican Republic, "Woodpeckers," Jose Maria Cabral, director;
Ecuador, "Alba," Ana Cristina Barragán, director;
Egypt, "Sheikh Jackson," Amr Salama, director;
Estonia, "November," Rainer Sarnet, director;
Finland, "Tom of Finland," Dome Karukoski, director;
France, "BPM (Beats Per Minute)," Robin Campillo, director;
Georgia, "Scary Mother," Ana Urushadze, director;
Germany, "In the Fade," Fatih Akin, director;
Greece, "Amerika Square," Yannis Sakaridis, director;
Haiti, "Ayiti Mon Amour," Guetty Felin, director;
Honduras, "Morazán," Hispano Durón, director;
Hong Kong, "Mad World," Wong Chun, director;
Hungary, "On Body and Soul," Ildikó Enyedi, director;
Iceland, "Under the Tree," Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, director;
India, "Newton," Amit V Masurkar, director;
Indonesia, "Turah," Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, director;
Iran, "Breath," Narges Abyar, director;
Iraq, "Reseba - The Dark Wind," Hussein Hassan, director;
Ireland, "Song of Granite," Pat Collins, director;
Israel, "Foxtrot," Samuel Maoz, director;
Italy, "A Ciambra," Jonas Carpignano, director;
Japan, "Her Love Boils Bathwater," Ryota Nakano, director;
Kazakhstan, "The Road to Mother," Akhan Satayev, director;
Kenya, "Kati Kati," Mbithi Masya, director;
Kosovo, "Unwanted," Edon Rizvanolli, director;
Kyrgyzstan, "Centaur," Aktan Arym Kubat, director;
Lao People's Democratic Republic, "Dearest Sister," Mattie Do, director;
Latvia, "The Chronicles of Melanie," Viestur Kairish, director;
Lebanon, "The Insult," Ziad Doueiri, director;
Lithuania, "Frost," Sharunas Bartas, director;
Luxembourg, "Barrage," Laura Schroeder, director;
Mexico, "Tempestad," Tatiana Huezo, director;
Mongolia, "The Children of Genghis," Zolbayar Dorj, director;
Morocco, "Razzia," Nabil Ayouch, director;
Mozambique, "The Train of Salt and Sugar," Licinio Azevedo, director;
Nepal, "White Sun," Deepak Rauniyar, director;
Netherlands, "Layla M.," Mijke de Jong, director;
New Zealand, "One Thousand Ropes," Tusi Tamasese, director;
Norway, "Thelma," Joachim Trier, director;
Pakistan, "Saawan," Farhan Alam, director;
Palestine, "Wajib," Annemarie Jacir, director;
Panama, "Beyond Brotherhood," Arianne Benedetti, director;
Paraguay, "Los Buscadores," Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori, directors;
Peru, "Rosa Chumbe," Jonatan Relayze, director;
Philippines, "Birdshot," Mikhail Red, director;
Poland, "Spoor," Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors;
Portugal, "Saint George," Marco Martins, director;
Romania, "Fixeur," Adrian Sitaru, director;
Russia, "Loveless," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Senegal, "Félicité," Alain Gomis, director;
Serbia, "Requiem for Mrs. J.," Bojan Vuletic, director;
Singapore, "Pop Aye," Kirsten Tan, director;
Slovakia, "The Line," Peter Bebjak, director;
Slovenia, "The Miner," Hanna A. W. Slak, director;
South Africa, "The Wound," John Trengove, director;
South Korea, "A Taxi Driver," Jang Hoon, director;
Spain, "Summer 1993," Carla Simón, director;
Sweden, "The Square," Ruben Östlund, director;
Switzerland, "The Divine Order," Petra Volpe, director;
Syria, "Little Gandhi," Sam Kadi, director;
Taiwan, "Small Talk," Hui-Chen Huang, director;
Thailand, "By the Time It Gets Dark," Anocha Suwichakornpong, director;
Tunisia, "The Last of Us," Ala Eddine Slim, director;
Turkey, "Ayla: The Daughter of War," Can Ulkay, director;
Ukraine, "Black Level," Valentyn Vasyanovych, director;
United Kingdom, "My Pure Land," Sarmad Masud, director;
Uruguay, "Another Story of the World," Guillermo Casanova, director;
Venezuela, "El Inca," Ignacio Castillo Cottin, director;
Vietnam, "Father and Son," Luong Dinh Dung, director.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Wilki W. K. Tom

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 16, 2017 -- NFMLA with SAG and NALIP

Shorts Program #1
4:00PM Pre-screening Reception | 4:45PM Shorts Program #1 Screenings

Our Barrio

Dir. Ryan Casselman | Writ. by Ryan Casselman & Yvette Angulo | USA

Our Barrio tells the story of Gabriela, a young woman on the verge of adulthood, who lives with her family in a diverse neighborhood. Struggling with her identity, Gabriela is forced to reckon with herself when her life comes to an abrupt halt. 

The Machine

Dir. & Writ. by Adolfo Mena Cejas | Cuba

After being informed by an official from the US Embassy that she has won the American Visa Lottery, Lázara Carvajal decides to leave Cuba –even if that means she has to abandon her family. 

Remember This Voice

Dir. & Writ. by Jeff Chan | USA

He was given a chance to make himself heard. 


Dir. & Writ. by Rubin Stein | Spain

Alma, a Spanish journalist, is carried to a secret place where a Latin American dictator is hidden after a tragic terrorist attack to his family. 
Shorts Program #2
6:00PM Pre-screening Reception | 6:45PM Shorts Program #2 Screenings

xx (doble equis)

Dir. & Writ. by Jorge Ossio | Peru

A young woman from Lima spends her days looking for ways to not feel so lonely. 

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

Dir. & Writ. by Sarah Clift | Mexico

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son's birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata. 

Anto (Never)

Dir. & Writ. by Joe Torres & J. René Guerra | Venezuela

The inclement sun. A damn endless desert. Three women gather to wait for transportation. They are survivors of an extinct world, of a time apart. They are afraid. They are suspicious of each other. 


Dir. & Writ. by Douglas Cushnie | USA

Early 1800's: Isadora, an Indigenous Californian (Gabrielino/Tongva) woman, faces a battle to survive after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised. 


Dir. & Writ. by Daniela Arguello | USA / Guatemala

Based on a true story. 2,500 kilometers from the U.S border in a small town in Guatemala. 
Feature Documentary
8:15PM Pre-screening Reception | 9:00PM Feature Program Screenings

Frágil Equilibrio (Delicate Balance)

Dir. & Writ. by Guillermo García López | Spain

A Japanese executive in Tokyo. A sub-Saharan community. A family in Madrid. Three stories of contradictions that unfold in different places on the planet, in different socio-cultural spheres.

Wilki W. K. Tom

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 26, 2017 -- New Filmmakers LA

Shorts Program #1
5:00PM Pre-screening Reception | 5:40PM Shorts Program #1 Screenings

Con Boys

Dir. & Writ. by Ryan Casselman | USA

Jimmy, a small-time con artist is forced to look after his neighbor's little brother, Robbie. 

Twenty-Something (Pet Shop Boys)

Dir. by Gavin Filipiak | USA

Music video follows the hardships of an ex gang member as he struggles to integrate into society after incarceration. 

Quelle vie!

Dir. & Writ. by Joakim Scheidegger | Switzerland

Remy is moving into an apartment, in an old house. The problem, he can't hear the principle bell, so he goes to the home owner, Henry, to ask if he can do anything. 

Plastic Ankles

Dir. & Writ. by TKHS | USA / Hong Kong

Hello my name is Marlon and I am innocent! 


Dir. & Writ. by Vijay D. Varu | UK

Running late for work, an out of breath Jake begins a journey towards enlightenment and self-discovery. But he must overcome his own shackles if he is to reach his 'true' destination! 


Dir. & Writ. by Jesse Atlas | USA / Ireland

A supernatural experiment merges the past and the present in this narrative/dance collaboration with Emmy-Nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, and Teddy Forance. 

The Cage

Dir. & Writ. by Ricky Staub | USA

An honest picture of redemption in the face of overwhelming darkness. Written and directed by Neighborhood Film Company's founder, Ricky Staub, The Cage is an honest picture of redemption in the face of overwhelming darkness. 
Shorts Program #2
7:10PM Pre-screening Reception | 7:50PM Shorts Program #2 Screenings

Come Here Often?

Dir. & Writ. by Morgan Dameron | USA

Three vignettes in the same sleepy bar about romance, friendship and taking chances. 


Dir. & Writ. by Rebecca Feldman | USA

A Brooklyn curmudgeon receives a surprise visit from a British gentleman claiming to be his son. 

The Singing Bones

Dir. & Writ. by Danishka Esterhazy | USA

Adapted from the story by celebrated author Francesca Lia Block, The Singing Bones is a modern dark fairy tale. 

Real Artists

Dir. by Cameo Wood | USA

In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job. But when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative process', she must make a hard choice about her passion for film. 


Dir. by Justine Raczkiewicz | USA

Roger lives a grim and detached life, picking up medical waste for a living, but looks forward to his evening conversations with his quirky roommate and foodie, Olive. 
Feature Program – InFocus: Youth Cinema
9:30PM Pre-screening Reception | 10:10PM Feature Program Screenings

How to Get Girls

Dir. & Writ. by Omri Dorani & Zach Fox | USA

In this raunchy teen comedy, an awkward high schooler takes advantage of his childhood best friend's newly developed good looks in order to gain popularity and get girls. 

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