Staying real, true to the culture and history, can hurt the commercial potential of a cop-action film, disappoint the fans' expected "one-up" from the latest genre hit. But director Alberto Rodriguez seems okay with that.
Directors give up on plot or accept clichés in order to stay closer to their social missions. It seems that protests are more potent through fiction, and documentaries are more effective through storytelling. Tribeca 2012 is a docudrama festival.
Don't Go in the Woods is kind of hard to pin down -- there's not much to compare it too -- but it's a fun ride, with the loose feel of a campy B-horror-movie from decades past, with twists and turns and jumps galore.
Mullen, who did triple-duty on the film -- actor, producer, and soundtrack supervisor -- recently talked to us about his "baptism by fire," his acting method, and what it was like to work with an icon.
At our first screening I remember looking up at the Art Deco marquee and seeing the title of our latest film, For Lovers Only. At that moment, I realized our title implied an exclusivity, like a "members-only" club.
Facing your inner demons is necessary if you are going do this type of campaign. Believe me, crowd-funding certainly pushes those buttons, but it also requires you to let go and not listen to your ego so much.
The Summit Against Violent Extremism was a gathering of survivors of violence, former extremists and gang members, policy wonks and others interested in finding new ways to stop violence and give hope to youth.