NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival - InFocus: Asian Cinema 2020

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Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) on Saturday, April 4th, for the NFMLA Monthly Film Festival's InFocus: Asian Cinema!

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Due to the public health concerns posed by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming NFMLA events taking place on 3/14/20 and 4/4/20. We appreciate your support of NFMLA and filmmakers, and apologize for any inconvenience as we explore the best course of action for all involved. We will be in touch with further information when it becomes available (due to the rapidly evolving nature of events, we do not currently have an estimate of when that will be).

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) spotlights Asian filmmakers for this year’s InFocus: Asian Cinema with a pair of shorts programs featuring work by talented Asian and Asian-American directors/writers, including three world premieres.

The morning begins with Shorts Program # 1: InFocus: Asian Cinema – Who I Am and What I Do, which includes stories of identity and work, from actors examining the roles they play, to a mother struggling to handle a violence that puts her between her job and her son. Closing out the program is Eugene Suen’s directorial debut, Master of Divinity, a hilarious story of faith and work produced by award-winning director Lee Isaac Chung (2020 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Minari starring Steven Yeun) and by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim (Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story).

The day continues with Shorts Program # 2: InFocus: Asian Cinema – Reality and Surreality, in which events take a turn for the surreal in many senses of the word: a teleporting thief on a final action-thriller mission, a high school girl encountering the social mores that threaten the safety of her and her friends, an actor who turns into a cat, and the North American Premiere of Koji Yamamoto’s exquisite Makhaliss.

The evening concludes with feature film First Blush, in which a young married couple become involved with another woman and the three learn to navigate the complications of a polyamorous relationship. The film is the feature debut of Victor Neumark (associate producer on IFC's 'Portlandia', Comedy Central's 'Corporate', and Hulu's 'Shrill'), who describes the story as one that “tenderly explores the anxieties that shape a generation, and celebrates the bravery that it takes to make genuine connections.”

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

Schedule:

Program #1 – InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts 1

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM – Pre-Reception

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM – Program

  • Daytime Moon - Dir. Kyung Sok Kim & Writ. Kyung Sok Kim, Rex Reyes
  • Dream Boy or the Pursuit of Being - Dir. & Writ. Auden Bui
  • A Sunburnt Summer - Dir. & Writ. Zicheng Li
  • Master of Divinity - Dir. & Writ. Eugene Suen

11:45AM - 12:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts 2

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM – Pre-Reception

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM – Program

  • Beam - Dir. & Writ. Jesse Gi
  • Makhaliss - Dir. Koji Yamamoto & Writ. Koji Yamamoto, Carsten Dau, Kenta Ikeda
  • Fleck - Dir. & Writ. Jing Ai Ng
  • The Cat in Me - Dir. Xuerui Wang & Writ. Lingyu Wang

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature Program: First Blush

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM – Pre-Reception

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM – Program

  • First Blush - Dir. & Writ. Victor Neumark

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Founded in 2007, NFMLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. NFMLA’s programs annually serve approximately 25,000 patrons in the Greater Los Angeles area. NFMLA has screened over 3,000 films from 82+ countries, highlighting local and international talent.

NFMLA is supported by Executive Circle Sponsors FilmLA and WarnerMedia 150, Producers Circle Sponsor HBO, BBH LA and Submittable, Directors Circles Sponsors Wells Fargo, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Blackmagic Designs and Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, Foundation Supporters Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), LA City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, CA Arts Council and LA County Department of Arts and Culture and Debut Sponsors Creative Artists Agency (CAA), American Documentary | POV, Walt Disney Studios and AT&T Believe Los Angeles.

Additional event information and passes are available at www.nfmla.org

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