I've been a fan of Spike Lee -- if not of all of his movies -- for 25 years. And I've found that, more often than not, he's at his best when he's directing someone else's material -- or someone else's story. It's absolutely true of Oldboy.
Why is it that when black people create a film that isn't contingent upon slavery, gun violence, poverty and overt buffoonery, Hollywood and film critics alike are absolutely shocked by how well it does?
I talked with Mulloy about the Una Noche, her working relationship with Spike Lee, her experiences as a female filmmaker, the importance of representation and what made her, a British director, so keen on telling a Cuban story.
The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.