Ron and Laura Take Back America was born. A sort of modern day All in the Family, Ron and Laura are surrounded by all the things they are trying to take America back from -- African-Americans, undocumented immigrants, Muslim-Americans, gays....
There was a time when independent films had such a reserve of good will that followers flocked to them simply because they weren't part of the mainstream. Now the truth can be told: a film isn't worth seeing just because it was made by well-meaning people outside the studio system.
The issue of coming out in Hollywood is one I've been fascinated about for years. It's amazing how little has changed in terms of the establishment and the way it treats it's gay and lesbian entertainers.
It wasn't so long ago that if a film failed in its theatrical run one's only hope was to find it, usually by chance, on cable TV somewhere down the road. Now there are multiple options, and many filmmakers and distributors are choosing digital distribution
Ivana Mladenovic's Turn Off the Lights is a tribute to the resilience of the Roma people. I caught up with Mladenovic during the and asked her about growing up in Serbia during the war and her inspirations as a filmmaker.