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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles – Monthly Film Festival – InFocus: Disabilities

March 28, 2024

Golden Globe Foundation

Event Date: April 6, 2024 11:00am - 6:00pm PDT

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its April Monthly Film Festival, which features its annual InFocus: Disabilities program, along with April Shorts and a double block of mid-length documentary features, Rachel Epstein’s The Anarchist Lunch and Hidde de Vries’ Hunting Jack. 

Day begins with April Shorts, a collection of comedy, drama and documentary short films that explore connection, fitting in, memory, grief, addiction, fetish performance, dangerous racial disparities and self-definition in complicated cultural contexts. 

The day continues with InFocus: Disabilities, a program that spotlights disability both in front of and behind the camera. It features a blend of storytelling through the lens of visible and invisible disability, centering work made by disabled filmmakers and stories of disability told in close collaboration with their subjects or protagonists. From family dramas to romantic comedies to experimental narratives, this program showcases a range of work from emerging talent.

The night concludes with a double bill of feature documentaries that offer intimate looks at lifelong activism. The world premiere of  Rachel Epstein’s The Anarchist Lunch offers the viewer a seat at the table at a weekly lunch meeting of activists and academics, including Epstein’s own 99-year-old father, that have been gathering for 35 years. It is a celebration of friendship, commitment and advocacy. Hunting Jack by Hidde de Vries, in its Los Angeles premiere, in turn takes us inside the process of 91-year-old Dutch Nazi hunter Jack Kooistra, who has been rigorously cataloging the fates of both Nazis and their victims since his childhood and whose work has helped in the capture of fugitive war criminals. 

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.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.


Program #1 – April Shorts
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Pre-Reception
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM – Program
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Disabilities
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Pre-Reception
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Program
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature Documentary Pairing | Anarchist Lunch & Hunting Jack
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Pre-Reception
4:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Program
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A


Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

Parking (fee)
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Click here for more information on NewFilmmakers Los Angeles’ monthly film festivals


April 6th, 2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Disability
May 4th, 2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Asian Cinema & InFocus: Immigration
June 1st, 2024– Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema
July 13th, 2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Canadian Cinema
August 3rd, 2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: International Animation
September 21st,2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
October 19th, 2024– Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Veteran Cinema

November 15th, 2024 – DoucSlate Documentary Film Festival: Day 1

November 16th, 2024– Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Indigenous Cinema
November 17th, 2024 – DocuSlate Documentary Film Festival: Day 2
December 14th, 2024 – Monthly Film Festival | InFocus: Middle Eastern & Arab Cinema

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