It's a welcome development to see more women directors emerging in the indie film scene and it's my hope that this will soon translate into more women directing studio features, as well. One indie woman director whose work I've enjoyed in recent years is Kat Coiro.
There's no cure for XP. Those with the disease burn, freckle and blister after minimal sun exposure. They are at much greater risk for skin cancers. The disease has neurological implications and leaves the child developmentally delayed. People with XP rarely live past the age of 20.
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off this week downtown with an eclectic slate of alternative stimulation. Run by Film Independent, the LAFF has a more chill, familial air than Sundance, and unlike Sundance, you can usually get tickets.