NYLA International Film Festival

2020 Films

Selections

(Following films will screen in Los Angeles)

“  Baby Boomer Rap  ” Dir. by Pam Price


'Baby Boomer Rap' is one of twelve original songs from the screenplay, "Baby Boomers Can Dance" by Pam Price. 'Baby Boomer's Rap' was written by Pam Price (Music an Lyrics) and sung by Stephen Price. It tells the story of a man trying to learn how to dance West Coast Swing and making the mistake of leaving out his "anchor step". He gets warned by the judge to do his footwork correctly and then his girlfriend starts dancing with another man. He is brokenhearted until he meets "Runaround Sue" who is the girl of his dreams. He is finally happy, ending the song with thought that he and his new girlfriend "will never part".



“  Gloria  ” Dir. by Meiru Lu


On the eve of the college entrance examination, Su Yu received her long-awaited notice of the audition for the girls group. If she chooses to participate in the audition, she will inevitably give up her studies. Su Yu dare not to tell her parents about this, but only her friend Lily. Will she gather the courage to face the future she choses?



“  Native Wisdom- The Peoples of Eastern Oregon

  ” Dir. by Tim Keenan Burgess & Lawrence Johnson


Indigenous scientists, artists and elders from several Oregon interior tribes, including the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde share observations of their changing environment, natural resource issues, and the beauty of tribes’ traditional arts, music and storytelling.



“  Prelude Of A Corpse  ” Dir. by Arin Inan Aslan


The cold, the fog and the haze pervades all around. We get the feeling of being besieged through an eternal winter and a never-ending war. Within this numb atmosphere in which all has frozen, one embarks on a journey to his/her past and future. Within this cyclical context that curves into itself like that of a snail shell, one has left a door open somewhere and must return to quietly close that door. The linear flow comprised of yesterday today and tomorrow alternates. The flow of the curing of the over-told past fractures; as one starts also remembering the future. Because healing; is never just a journey taken towards the past.



“  Redemption  ” Dir. by Seora Hong


Losing all reason to live, a man stands on the precipice of life and death.

A man who feels like he has lost all reason to live. As he stands on the precipice of life and death, he faces an unexpected situation that may just save his life.




“  Reyna  ” Dir. by Stella Franceskides


A short documentary in which Reyna a 47yr old Mexican Woman
tells the story of her abuse as a child by members of her family.
Reyna’s courages life stands as a beacon for the millions of untold #MeToo stories from working women across the world.  Along side Reyna’s moving testimony Stella's Franceskides has also filmed the explosive feminist movement that is demanding changes across Latin America.





“  Saviour Angels  ” Dir. by Irina Gedrovich


“Saviour Angel” is based on real events of 1950s. The main character is Zinaida Uvarova that works as a typist in Court. She has a son, her husband died at war. Zinaida falls in love with Alexey Levitskiy, a lawyer, who selflessly and fearlessly protects workers. Alexey's courage annoys many people. One of his enemy writes a denunciation on Levitsky. At that time is was enough for a person to get 10 years of labour camps.




“  Daycare  ” Dir. by Lydia Kubiniec


Three moms day drink, clean each other's houses and get real about mental health while the little ones are in daycare.



“  DECEMBER FADES "CRASH and BURN"

  ” Dir. by Theresa June-Tao &  Thuo Sam


Crash and Burn demonstrates the evolution of Lust and/or love. The irresistible curiosity into unexpected elevated emotion- all the highs and lows that lead to finding the inner strength to admitting the truth and/or walking away from the fantasy once believed.



“  Desperate Waters  ” Dir. by Jeffry Druce


Murder mystery on a sailboat with two men and one woman onboard. Sailing from LA to Hawaii.




“  Farewell, farewell, farewell  ” Dir. by Ricardo Castro


The autobiographical journey of Ricardo Castro and his family of 17, who built their home in a secret forest. Here, they lived a utopian dream until a tragedy shattered their perfect microcosm.



“  Gilead's Protocol  ” Dir. by Dvorit Shargal


Gilead Kahn was 15 and a half years old when he died of cancer on March 1, 2018. Gilead was a very promising soccer player and fought for his life for two years. Gilead experienced not only agony and pain but also many joyful moments during his illness. He also found his first love. The film "Gilead’s Protocol" is an enterprise of his parents, not intended as a memorial film, but as a film to help parents, children, relatives, and friends cope with such a difficult situation. It examines the treatment options, how to behave, what to do, the value of medical cannabis, and the contribution of complementary medicine. This is a sad but optimistic story.



“  Half-Cocked  ” Dir. by Aaron Barrocas


Two brilliant yet shortsighted scientists find themselves ill-prepared when the experiment of their lives goes horribly right.



“  Latteship  ” Dir. by Hsing-Fang Tsai &  Daishi Takishima


Latteship is a 3D animated short created by Flora Hsing-Fang Tsai and Daishi Takishima. The animation story follows Sigri and Kona, two otters who have opposite personalities. They must learn to accept each other to cooperate in order to run a small but popular coffee truck - Sigri Coffee. The story’s theme comes from an African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”




“  Progeny  ” Dir. by Justin Daering


This is a world exactly like ours, except that the wealthy elites are aliens, living and working among us, but with one key difference: they reproduce by implanting their offspring in a human host who raises the alien child as his own. When a blue-collar man is forcibly implanted with his alien boss's parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite -- a dangerous and forbidden act that puts their marriage -- and their lives -- at risk.




“  TALK  ” Dir. by Boulanger Romuald


In a Los Angeles radio station. The host of an emblematic night talk show (William Baldwin) gives advice to live callers.

One call will destroy his career, his family, his life ...




“  The Terms of Us  ” Dir. by Roberto Sanchez


Jose Garcia, a successful actor, has a chance encounter with a homeless woman who forces him to face his past.




“  What Didn’t Kill Me ”  Dir. by Jason Coulter


You're walking home and you see something you shouldn't have...what if that something sees you?




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