New Film Makers Los Angeles – InFocus Disabilities

New Filmmakers Los Angeles IFOcus Disabilities short film festival

New Filmmakers 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.

Schedule Details

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 Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

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


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InFocus: Disability


Dir. Nomin Gantulga, Writ. Nomin Gantulga, Genevieve Clay-Smith, Munkhkhishig Dashtseren & Prod. Genevieve Clay-Smith

13 Mins |

Just Right

Dir. Camille Wormser, Writ. Camille Wormser & Prod. Tyler Michael James, Drue Robertson, Hunter Milano, Julia Nelson

16 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

Mise En Place

Dir. Julian Neuhaus, Writ. Jacinta Marshall & Prod. Dianna La Grassa

6 Mins |


Dir. Jake Myers, Writ. Geoff Bakken, Jake Myers & Prod. John Condne

7 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

Head Over Wheels

Dir. Genevieve Clay Smith, Writ. Genevieve Clay Smith & Prod. Dianna La Grassa

6 Mins |

Dir. Erin Brown Thomas, Writ. Olivia Haller & Prod. Olivia Haller

11 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit


Dir. Radha Mehta, Writ. Radha Mehta, Noorah Al-Eidi & Prod. Gabriel Gutierrez

16 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

What Happened to You


26 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit


Dir. D.M. Harring, Writ. D.M. Harring & Prod. Liana Montemayor, Stephen Mastrocola, Rafi Jacobs

14 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

This Body is a Shell

Dir. Ashley Eakin, Writ. Ashley Eakin & Prod. Shawn Lovering, Matt Sakatani Roe, Hannah Harper

7 Mins | USA

April Shorts

Diana’s Electric Tongue

Dir. Haroula Rose, Writ. Haroula Rose & Prod. Julian West

13 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

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Picture Day

Dir. Kelly Pike, Writ. Kelly Pike & Prod. Kelly Pike, Daniel Walter, Connie Jo Sechrist, Vanessa Elliott

16 Mins | USA

I Thought the Earth Remembered Me

Dir. Prem Santana, Writ. Prem Santana & Prod. Carylanna Taylor

16 Mins | USA


Dir. Alexandra Qin, Writ. Alexandra Qin & Prod. Alexandra Qin, Brooke Goldman

10 Mins | USA

Krush the Wrestler

Dir. Alex Megaro, Writ. & Prod. Ian Bell

14 Mins | USA

Project & Serve

Dir. Espie Randolph III, Writ. Espie Randolph III & Prod.

15 Mins | USA


Dir. Veialu Aila-Unsworth, Writ. Veialu Aila-Unsworth & Prod. Veialu Aila-Unsworth

8 Mins | USA

Synopsis Media Kit

Feature Documentary Pairing | The Anarchist Lunch & Hunting Jack

The Anarchist Lunch

Dir. Rachel Epstein, Writ. & Prod. Rachel Epstein

45 Mins | Canada

Hunting Jack

Dir. Hidde de Vries, Writ. & Prod. Karim Hamad

49 Mins | Netherlands

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