Fi WIPS: Exodus Stories


Fi WIPS: Exodus Stories

You’re invited to join us for a work-in-progess screening of Exodus Stories, followed by an in-person conversation and feedback session with director/producer Ilse Fernandez, moderated by Daniel Cardone (Film Independent Nonfiction Programs Manager).

Beverages will be served prior to the screening, starting at 6:30 pm PT.

The Film Independent Works-in-Progress Series (aka Fi WIPS) offers nonfiction filmmakers a place to share stories that are still being developed in a safe and supportive environment, and receive constructive feedback that will get their projects ready for festivals and distribution.

Fi WIPS provides members of the film community and the public advance access to these documentaries, including the opportunity to participate in in-depth conversations with filmmakers. Attendees will be asked to participate in the conversation following the film and fill out an anonymous questionnaire.

Through intimate access, Exodus Stories follows the gripping high stakes journeys of three Central American immigrants who join the tumultuous 2018-19 mass migrant caravans fleeing threats, violence, and seeking refuge in the United States at a time when asylum is under siege. Their unwavering determination and resilience are tested, raising the crucial question: in a world where hope is scarce, can their immigrant spirit prevail?
Rough cut | No color correction or sound mix | 118 minutes, color | Directed and Produced by Ilse Fernandez | Produced by Michele Farinola

Registration Information

Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to, and receive priority entry at this event. Arts Circle Members are guaranteed access, and receive both priority entry and reserved seating. Email for more.

Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this event starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 26. | Registration is free; one registration per individual.


On the day of the event, registrants may check in as early as 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only (except for Arts Circle Members). Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee entry.

Masks are optional. This is subject to change as we continue to monitor public health guidance.

Complimentary parking provided with validation. Garage entrance on Masselin.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per individual, per event.

Attendees are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.