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Event Date Oct 2, 2022 1:00 PM

We are thrilled to present the LA filmmakers and their fantastic work from our 2020 + 2021 programming at The Los Feliz Theater in the heart of Los Angeles. We are also announcing the first selected work for Year 5 of our Virtual Fest happening December 26-31, 2022

Featuring the works from:

Adriana Barbosa + Thiago Zanato
LA FLACA / THE BONY LADY
La Flaca is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) religious movement in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady ("La Flaca" as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.

Adriana Barbosa is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in Los Angeles, US. Her work focuses on non-fiction cinema, experimental and hybrid narratives, addressing themes like immigration, colonization, LGBTQ+ rights, latino communities and faith.
She recently moved from São Paulo, Brazil, where she was part of the Film Collective “Cinefusão '' and where she started her own production company "En Caliente Films”, since 2014. She produced the feature films “Young and Miserable”, “A film of Cinema” and “Curtas Jornadas noite Adentro”, directed by Thiago B. Mendonça. She directed “Ferroada” (Bite), along with Bruno Mello Castanho, a short film about the Brazilian marginal writer/undertaker Tico. In 2018 she co-directed along with Thiago Zanato “La Flaca” (The Bony Lady), a short film about a Mexican transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte cult in Queens, NY; the film was highly acclaimed and entered over 100 film festivals around the world (among them: 43th Frameline, 37th Outfest, 32th Fribourg International Film Festival, 21th Guanajuato International Film Festival, 35th Kasseler Dokfest, 40th Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine-Latinoamericano de la Habana, 28th Message to Man). Also in 2018, she directed with Bruno Mello Castanho the feature documentary “Madrigal for a Living Poet” in Brazil.
In 2020, she directed, along with Fernanda Pessoa, the short film “Same/Different/Both/Neither”, a video correspondence between the filmmakers living in Los Angeles (USA) and São Paulo (Brazil) - the film premiered at the Short Competition of IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2020. Also in 2020, she was selected as a mentee of the Diverse Women in Media Forum Mentorship Program hosted by NALIP - National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
She is currently producing the feature documentary "Esu and the Universe '', a production between Nigeria and Brazil and directed by Thiago Zanato.

Thiago Zanato is a Brazilian-American filmmaker and musician splitting his time between Los Angeles (USA) and São Paulo (Brazil). His work is focused on social issues and the aesthetics of representation as it relates to marginalized communities. He got involved in film as the Creative Director of projects such as "I'm Here" (Sundance, 2010), directed by Spike Jonze and "NY-Z", featuring Jay-Z and directed by Danny Clinch.
In 2018 he directed the short film “La Flaca” about a Mexican transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) cult in Queens, NY. The film was highly acclaimed and entered over 100 film festivals around the world, among them: the 32th Fribourg International Film Festival, 28th Message to Man, 29th New Orleans Film Festival, 40th Festival de la Habana, 21th Guanajuato International Film Festival, 28th Inside Out-Toronto LGBT Film Festival, 37th OutFest, 43th Frameline, 35th Chicago Latino FF, 18th LALIFF, and many others.
He is currently directing his first feature documentary “Esu and the Universe”, a documentary about freedom of worship, the decolonization of thought and the influence of the African Yoruba people, not only in Brazil but around the world - selected to Points North Fellowship, Latino Media Market - NALIP Media Summit, WIP latino at FICG in LA, “Only in New York” - Industry meetings at DOCNYC, DOCSP - International Documentary of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Demorge Brown
MORNING MARCEL
A man performs his own late night talk show in front of his mirror and interviews himself.

DeMorge Brown is an LA based actor, writer, director. A Groundlings and UCB veteran, DeMorge can be seen this season on Comedy Central's Corporate and TBS's The Dress Up Gang, as well as Lizzy Sanford's Freckle & The Shih Tzu.
Directing credits include the Black Empowerment Network Cycle of abstract shorts, "A POEM By Ossie Davis", "Der Plattenteller Mit Jürgen Zeit" and the Matt Dwyer penned documentary short "LIFE.", directed with Jennifer Ruiz.

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Marc Cartwright
A MACHINE FOR BOREDOM
Isolation drives a man to rethink his position within a capitalistic society.

Marc Cartwright is based in Los Angeles. Marc grew up in New York on Long Island's East End. Partially raised by his grandparents, who were avid fans of Hollywood classics, he developed a passion for the entertainment industry.
A graduate of NYU, Marc runs a successful photography business, where he photographs established, as well as up-and-coming talents in Film and Television.
With his experience behind the camera as a photographer, Marc founded motion picture production company Glass Cabin Films, to direct and produce short and feature length content.

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Luke Dimyan
THE PROPHET
A lone Prophet in the desert is faced by a Shadow that tests his beliefs. When their debate ends, only one will survive.

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Olivia Gastaldo
TO YOU MY LOVE
To You My Love investigates the visual poetry of a love letter.

Olivia Margarita Gastaldo is a mixed Mexican American Cinematographer and Director working in commercial and narrative film. Olivia started their career in gaming and is currently working with 100 Thieves as a Senior Producer + Cinematographer. In their work, Olivia is committed to uplifting the voices of their community. They are committed to supporting the work of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ creators, and aim to uplift the Latin American voice in cinema. Olivia has created for brands like LG, HyperX, AMD, and Rocket Mortgage. They have worked with production companies like FREENJOY, most recently on Beyonce’s Black Is King.

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Lauren Jevnikar
TENDER HEARTS
While remembering a warm summer afternoon, a woman unearths true feelings about intimate moments spent with her partner.

"Tender Hearts" focuses on the subtleties of relationship violence, coercive sex, and the confusion felt trying to connect these feelings to someone you trust.

Lauren (she/they) is a filmmaker and editor from Pittsburgh, PA currently residing in Los Angeles. Her work has been screened internationally in over 6 countries, notably at NFFTY and the YOUKI International Youth Media Festival.
Holding a BFA in Film from Syracuse University, she has additionally studied at FAMU International in Prague, CZ.
Thematically, Lauren is interested in exploring vulnerability and emotional intimacy. Topics behind a majority of her films look at relationships and life after sexual violence.

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Britt Lower
CIRCUS PERSON
Left by her fiancé for another woman, a bereft painter (Britt Lower) joins a traveling circus to reclaim her forgotten wildness. Live action and animated body paint interweave in this ode to healing through radical love.

Britt Lower is a multi-disciplinary filmmaker, actor, and artist. CIRCUS PERSON, which she wrote and stars in, is her directorial debut. This fall, she will play a lead role opposite Adam Scott and Patricia Arquette in Apple’s SEVERANCE. Lower most recently appeared in a major recurring role on HBO’s High Maintenance. Other credits include: Man Seeking Woman, Casual, Futureman, Mr. Roosevelt, and the female-driven Western, A Civilized Life.

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Matt Mitchell
CLOSETS KEEP SUBURBAN BOYS HOME
Two boys struggle with love and heartbreak in closeted suburbia.

Matt Mitchell is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and director. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Matt began writing in high school. He has written for both the stage and screen. His first two plays, We Are Hipsters (2014) & Straight A's (2016), were published by On Stage Press, a division of Samuel French, Inc. Matt received the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the Indie Fest Film Awards for his first narrative short film, Public Life. Public Life also won Best Drama at The Vegas Movie Awards and was screened at several festivals across the world. Matt's next short, Closets Keep Suburban Boys Home, is his directorial debut.
In May of 2020, Matt graduated from the University of Southern California with his BFA in Acting. Matt is incredibly grateful for everything he learned and for all the friends he met at
at USC. He can’t wait to continue collaborating with them in the future. Fight On!

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Scarlet Moreno
VELMA
Through the lens of a late 1960s visual feast, "Velma" takes us on a psychological journey with the title character that examines sexuality, shame, and our societal views of both.
Scarlet Moreno is a director and actor based in Los Angeles. She was one of five first time feature filmmakers chosen by Robert Rodriguez to be on his show, “Rebel Without a Crew,” a docuseries following the filmmakers as they attempt to make their first features in the way he made his first feature, ​El Mariachi​: in two weeks, with only $7000. Scarlet is a bilingual artist who grew up in Laredo, TX on the border of Mexico, then attended TISCH School of the Arts to attain her BFA in Acting & Journalism. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her wildest dreams.

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AJ Smith
HERE & GONE
Isolated with her controlling husband, a woman begins to hear disturbing voices from her radio. In an attempt to escape, she finds herself trapped, reliving her past and unable to find closure.

AJ Smith is an award winning writer, director and editor based and born in Los Angeles, California. Currently, AJ has formed a relationship with the Indonesia film market and written and sold over 4 horror feature film scripts and counting for MD Pictures under the mentorship of Mario Kassar (Terminator 2, Rambo 2, Basic Instinct). For the last five years, AJ has cultivated a foundation of experience working as a creative assistant to 20th Century Fox Producer and Director George Tillman Jr. (The Hate U Give, Mudbound) at State Street Pictures. By shadowing a director on set, developing feature films, and creating proof of concept pitch presentations for major film studios, AJ has established a deep and professional understanding of the industry that is taken into his current and future work.

AJ was raised in Toronto, Canada where he graduated with a BFA in Film Production at Ryerson University. AJ is Chinese-American, which has served as storytelling inspiration in his work. Being half-Asian, half English and Irish, his identity has been torn between cultures. His work therefore centers around the divide between worlds and bringing them together into a unified balance, and therefore, a unique identity.

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Vitória Vasconcellos
PATHEI MATHOS
Increasingly disturbing flashbacks haunt a grieving girl who struggles to navigate her own pain in a desperate attempt to free herself from the trauma that has taken over her life.

Vitória Vasconcellos is an actor-director from Recife, Brazil who goes around the world telling stories about female endurance and the peculiar, most intimate bits of the human experience. Her short thriller Pathei Mathos was included in the 2021 Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, won the Best Experimental Film Award at the largest student festival in the world (Ivy Film Festival), in addition to winning multiple awards. A 2021 TIFF Filmmaker Lab fellow, Vitória’s work explores the intersectionality of the female experience (with Latinas often in focus) and the sensorial poetry that connects us to the world.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where she was one of the 50 students awarded the Global Scholar distinction, and is a current student of the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Vitória’s short script The Killer California Club was invited to the Pitching Lab of the renowned Drama International Short Film Festival (DISFF) in Greece. Recently, Vitória was awarded the National Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Emerging Content Scholarship two times in a role. She was also the winner of the 2021 Wood Island Media Emerging Voices Film Grant.
Vitória is currently working on her TIFF Filmmaker Lab-developed short film, Bleed, Don't Die, which was also a recipient of the TIFF Share Her Journey Canada Goose Grant.

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Guy Zimmerman
ALLEN'S LOVE
Inspired by the spirit of a woman he had killed, CIA chief Allen Dulles drops a massive dose of LSD...and gets more than he bargained for.Inspired by the spirit of a woman he had killed, CIA chief Allen Dulles drops a massive dose of LSD...and gets more than he bargained for.