DocuClub LA

A work-in-progress screening series

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DocuClub LA is a collaboration between Film Independent and the International Documentary Association (IDA). This work-in-progress screening series gives members of the film community and the public advance access to new documentaries, including the opportunity to participate in in-depth conversations with filmmakers.

DocuClub 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. The series is presented in partnership with Film Independent in Los Angeles, DCTV in New York City (applicants from the Tri-State are welcome to apply) and Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking in Honolulu.

DocuClub LA screenings are held throughout the year in the Film Independent Theater. Events are featured in the Film Independent newsletter. so sign up today to make sure you don't miss out.

Submit Your Film

To submit your in-progress documentary for consideration, please complete the online application form.

Standing Above the Clouds

Monday, July 10, 2023  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Theater

Standing Above the Clouds follows the largest political movement in modern Hawaiian history, and the indigenous women leaders who have successfully sustained it since 2010.

Director: Jalena Keane-Lee
Producers: Amber Espinosa-Jones, Erin Lau

Moderator: Lindy Leong

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New Wave

Monday, December 12, 2022  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Theater

Mile-high hair. Synthesized sounds. Underground parties. The “Viet New Wave” music scene of 1980s California was the catalyst to healing and forging a new identity for a generation of refugees stranded in cultural limbo.

Director/Producer: Elizabeth Ai
Producer: Rachel Sine

Moderator: Abby Sun

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Break the Game

Monday, October 24, 2022  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Theater

Alone in her studio apartment, Narcissa Wright sets video game world records and live streams nearly every minute of her life. But with her tightly-controlled digital existence, Narcissa still yearns for real connection. So, when a viewer named D_Gurl starts flirting in Narcissa’s stream chat, a romance blooms. Narcissa finds herself torn between the addictive allure of her live stream and an adventurous “real life” with D_Gurl. So, will Narcissa embrace an in-person connection, or will she be seduced again by the glow of the screen?

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Jane M. Wagner
Executive Producers: Marc H. Simon, Amy Briamonte
Cinematographer: Justin Lee Stanley
Editors: Stephanie Andreou, Nina Sacharow

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Leveling Lincoln

Tuesday, November 9, 2021  |  7:00 pm PT
Eventive Online

Leveling Lincoln tells the story of the children who lived the history behind the landmark desegregation case of Taylor vs. Board of Education of New Rochelle, NY - 1961. What were the consequences, and why did the story disappear?

Director/Producer: Arden Teresa Lewis
Producer: Kimberly Woods
Editor: Andrew Jordan

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

In Stray, a trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul. Through their eyes and ears, we are shown an intimate portrait of the life of a city and its people.

Director/Producer/DP/Editor: Elizabeth Lo
Producer: Shane Boris
Co-Producer: Ceylan Carhoglu

Moderator: Toni Bell

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A Town Called Victoria

Monday, February 24, 2020  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

Hours after the first travel ban takes effect, a mosque in Victoria, Texas erupts in flames. As details of the arson emerge, this quiet community must reckon with the deep rifts that drove a man to hate.

Director/Producer: Li Lu
Producer: Anthony Pedone
Editor: Evita YuePu Zhou

Moderator: Toni Bell

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Monday, September 9, 2019  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

Memphis loves Seneca. He’s a millennial with severe cerebral palsy, and he wants to be a filmmaker and travel the world. Seneca’s an aspiring opera singer, living with her mom, deep in oil country. Seneca just wants to be friends. Memphis follows five years of this unfolding relationship as it takes us from Texas to California to Italy and back.

Director/Producer/Editor: David Zucker
Editors: Reid Davenport, Jody McVeigh-Schultz

Moderator: Katie Doering

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Dilemma of Desire

Monday, August 5, 2019  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

The Dilemma Of Desire explores the clash between gender politics and the powerful imperatives of female sexual desire, by following two scientists and two artists who are using their work to shatter myths women have been taught about their sexual desire and their bodies.

Director/Producer: Maria Finitzo
Producers: Diane Quon, Cynthia Kane
Editor: Liz Kaar

Moderator: Lisa Hasko

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The Assassination & Mrs. Paine

Monday, July 15, 2019  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

The Assassination & Mrs. Paine is a provocative portrait of 85-year-old Ruth Paine and her inescapable connection to the JFK assassination. As a key witness and friend of Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald, conspiracy researchers have long suspected Ruth of a sinister role in a wider plot.

Director: Max Good
Producer: Christopher Noviello

Moderator: Simon Kilmurry

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From Here

Monday, February 4, 2019  |  7:00 pm PT
Film Independent Screening Room

From Here is set in the West’s two largest immigration countries – Germany and the United States – both at the center of contemporary migration debates and experiencing a rampant rise in nationalism.

Director/Producer/Camera: Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Moderator: Courtney Sheehan

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