Cinephiles in Los Angeles have many options when it comes to experiencing the wide range of moving image story telling that can be found in domestic and international films, both new and old. One of my favorite organizations that regularly offers noteworthy programming is NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world.
This weekend NFMLA is hosting the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival, an opportunity to screen works by up and coming independent filmmakers from the United States, South Korea and Spain. Three of the films were produced by local talent.
So what can you expect if you attend the festival? Here is a brief description of just two of the films that will screen on Saturday:
ALDO – Director Ross Kolton (feature)
Aldo is an independent hair stylist living in Echo Park, who, after placing a do or die bet on a basketball playoff series, finds himself in deep trouble with an underground loan shark.
Aldo began its journey as a learning experiment where the crew followed around a real hairstylist in his daily life. Eventually the filmmakers realized that they had something great, and turned their unscripted footage into a feature length film with no budget.
Director Ross Kolton has worked as a director, camera operator, and editor on shorts, music videos, and online content for companies such a Vice, E!, and the Deathsquad network.
The film stars Dane Mazzei, Jon Abrahams (Non-Stop, Hitchcock, Meet the Parents) and Patrick Brennan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn).
TIN & TINA – Director Rubin Stein
Tin and Tina are not eating their puree tonight…this could mean trouble! A dark one-take horror short with touches of Poe, Haneke, and Del Toro, Tin and Tina are sure to make your skin crawl.
This Spanish film has gained honors at multiple film festivals around the world including Medina Film Festival in Spain, Black & White Oporto Film Festival in Portugal, Abertoir International Film Festival in the United Kingdom, and Festival de Courts Metrages de la Cote Bleue in France. In 2010, director Rubin Stein directed Panic, which won more than 20 international awards and was nominated for the European Golden Melies.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 beginning at 5:30 pm
Where: AT&T Center, located at 1139 S. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tickets: Available online
You can find a complete list of films and the program schedule here