The night features three riveting programs of films. A detailed lineup can be found below
Online PR News – 09-November-2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The first program showcases 5 powerful shorts by emerging filmmakers. From a thought-provoking sci-fi about memories, a riveting NBA comeback story, to a thrilling murder mystery, this program features eccentric narratives that are sure to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
The second program of the night is another installment of InFocus: Asian American Filmmakers- Growing Up in America. The program showcases the LA Premier of Knowing Nothing Cold, a coming of age story about several teenagers in the Midwest in an avant-garde manner by Jeff Kao.
Closing out the night is another shorts program that includes 7 remarkable shorts whose stories range from a sci-fi romance about time travel, a Blade Runner-esque muppet short, and an experimental art film that makes the audience play the role of the detective at a crime scene.
Memory Box - Directed by Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell
A young mother working in a memory re-creation facility is pushed by a client to break the rules.
Memory Box is the third film directed and produced by the filmmaking team of Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, and the 4th film for Ewell. The film features stars like Louis Cancelmi (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Shane Carruth (Allegiant) and Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, The Martian).
Companion - Directed by Matt Ferrucci
When NBA superstar Jay “J-Train” Tyrell is arrested for soliciting drugs and prostitution, he hires sober companion Nick Foster to keep him on the straight and narrow.
Matt got his start in the industry as an actor in Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, CSI: Miami, Agents of Shield, Wilde Salome (Directed by Al Pacino). Recently he wrapped two seasons as a writer and director on Comedy Central’s sketch show Trip tank, where he directed Amy Schumer, Jordan Peel and Michael Key amongst others.
Kid Gambled - Directed by Alex Familian
A stoned, anxiety-stricken teenager wobbles through the aisles of a Las Vegas convenience store with the aim to steal some beer— all to impress his hooligan friends and a girl that he likes.
Stemming from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Alex has been in front of a computer or behind a camera ever since he was young. His work often combines photo-real compositing & dazzling visual-effects with cinematic storytelling.
Camila - Directed by Quinn Smith
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.
Passion and love of history has given Quinn an acute attention to detail. Camila is his first short film as a writer and director.
Knowing Nothing Cold - Directed by Jeff Kao
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.
No stranger to the movie industry, Jeff has acted in half a dozen films and written and directed seven, Knowing Nothing Cold being the latest, as well as the first feature. One of his acting credits include Drive Me to Vegas and Mars which stars Tony Todd and Stan Shaw among others.
Back Page Ripper - Directed by Stephen Rutterford
Blade Runner meets The Muppets. An experimentation with narrative.
Stephen has worked with over 160 brands, such as Levi’s, T-mobile and Coca Cola. He has also collaborated with artists like Shepard Fairy, Astronautica and Pharrel Williams.
Shadows Of My Mind - Directed by Peter Harton
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’.
In 2010 Peter directed a Danish TV show called Rytteriet (The Cavalry) that became the most watched comedy series on Danish TV that year. In 2012 Peter and the two creators of Rytteriet took it in a new direction, which would come to land them the Danish Academy Award (Robert) for best short format tv-series.
Illusory Promises - Directed by Alejandro Echevarria
A traveling young man and a hippie woman hitchhiking along the road don’t exactly vibe together in this semiotic parable.
Alejandro is a filmmaker and cameraman as well as an alumni of CSU Northridge’s Cinema Television Arts Program, who’s accepted Peter Greenway’s challenge that filmmaking has yet to enter its cubist phase.
The Raisin - Directed by Rob Carter
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.
The Raisin is Rob’s directorial debut. This year it won Best Foreign Short Film at the LA Comedy Fest. As an actor he has appeared in Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Siblings.
Killing a Tree - Directed by Beau Jamieson
A glimpse at the horrific crimes surrounding a family where we see everything except the people, showing the humanity alongside the inhumane.
At 18 Beau attended Santa Fe University of Art and Design where he studied film production. He is now pursing filmmaking independently and on his own terms, acting as his own cinematographer and editor under the pseudonyms Jackson Buell and Jay Botsworth, respectively.
Spaceman - Directed by Christopher Oliva
A young man with big aspirations sets out on a very curious and unique path to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut.
Christopher is an award winning filmmaker from Chicago, IL, who received his MFA from DePaul University. When he’s not editing he’s teaching at the College of DuPage to get collegiate minds excited about cinema.
Eventually - Directed by Tuan Le
Evan meets a girl who claims to be his girlfriend from three years in the future.
Tuan received his film education by working at his local movie theater, attending film school at Syracuse University and shooting dozens of short films. Beside’s being the co-Director of Photography on the horror-comedy Crush the Skull, he’s known for his work as a picture editor on The CW’s iZombie.
Additional event information is available at www.nfmla.org
Founded in 2007, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 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 2,500 films from 75+ countries, highlighting local and international talent.