Visionary Female Director, Arlene Bogna’s Indie Film Is An Official Selection At Newfilmmakers Festival Los Angeles

Visionary Female Director, Arlene Bogna’s Indie Film Is Anofficial Selection At Newfilmmakers Festival Los Angeles (NFMLA)


An alchemist driven by ambition embarks on a mystical journey in pursuit of redemption. 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Visionary Female Director, Arlene Bogna’s indie film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, continues its journey to cinema screens at the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Festival (NFMLA).

 The screening for this film takes place at the 1150 South Olive Theater in Downtown Los Angeles (venue address: 1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles CA 90015) on Saturday, March 19th at 5:45pm. 

Film screenings are open to the public and no rsvp is required. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance at as they normally sell out.  

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging global filmmakers, 

providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant flow of screening events. 

NFMLA provides a creative forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their productions and 

connect with industry professionals for insight on film distribution, production, acquisition and representation. 

“Part of the Alliance of Women Directors initiative with NFMLA, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam is an off beat ride into the creative areas we seldom explore with captivating photography and 

production design along with committed performances. This curious short film will engage you til the end”, Creative Director/Co-Founder, Susie Kim at NFMLA.


  Arlene Bogna is a Powerful Female Voice in independent filmmaking today and gaining well-deserved attention in the movie industry and film director communities. 

She is part of the “Support Women Filmmakers” movement and is in the Alliance of Women Directors, 

the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to education, support and advocacy for women directors in the entertainment industry.


The U.S. Premiere of this Arlene Bogna Film began May 31st, 2014 at Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. 

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam made its debut screening on May 16th, 2014 to an enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes, France. 

Arlene’s short film was official selection at FILMETS Badalona Festival and Madrid International Film Festival, Spain.


The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam captivates an audience of young and old alike with the inspiring mystical story of an alchemist and magical elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption told in sweeping 

epic vistas, mind-blowing moments, and colorful dynamic shots. Emerging Filmmaker and Director, Arlene Bogna, had a unique vision for her undeniably daring, artistic and 

harmonious cast of actors to portray many emotional states of mind, exploring trust and redemption relying solely on subtext and visuals. 

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam pays tribute to Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Western” genre through the film’s moments-in-between-moments and frontier cinematography. 

The film also is an ode to famous director, Michelangelo Antonioni, with its remote scenery of the desert wilderness reflecting Snake Oil Sam’s inner struggles. 

It features the music of Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, West Indian Girl, from their latest album Shangri-La. The film’s original score is by Acclaimed film composer, Vivek Maddala. 

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam stars Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores, and Eva Zeva.


While soaking up picturesque desert scenery, fantasy characters and frontier-dream images with a hippy like vibe is a story told mostly with no dialogue but only distinct emotional events. 

Truly a work of art, this Arlene Bogna Film will make your creative imagination soar and open it up to your own interpretation. . 


The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam has won numerous awards worldwide, including the 2015 IndieFest Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers,

 the 2015 Diamond Award at International Film & Photography Festival (Jakarta), Best Experimental Film and Best Actor in a Short Film at Lady Filmmakers Festival, and Featured Film Director in Cinewomen Cahiers 2015. 

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