This film affected me in a deeply significant way. Much like these kids, I grew up in the country. Options were few; you could try to find a minimum wage job, or if you were lucky, you could take over the family business or farm.
A few weeks back, I read an announcement that the now white hot Colin Firth might be signing on for a re-make ofMy Fair Lady. Not since Steve Martin decided to put a new spin on The Pink Panther have I been so moved to ask, "Why?"
I've been fascinated by the idea of crowd-funding for a while now. After all, the idea of pooling together money and resources from family, friends, and the general public makes a lot of sense for indie filmmakers with limited funds to spare.
"They did not know what to make of me in Tampa," Aasif Mandvi says. Small wonder. Mandvi, the cowriter and star of Today's Special, moved to Florida with his family from India when he was a teen. "Talk about being an outsider."
There was a definite Harlem theme to the films, yet there was also a lot more than only Harlem. Festivals should always be about stimulating the audience to think and to feel, and sometimes to get angry.