Laura Paglin has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager. Her nostalgic comedy/drama feature, NightOwls of Coventry, tells the tale of cultural turf warfare in the 1970â€™s, where a seedy all-night deli is the â€œtheatre of battleâ€. NightOwls was shown theatrically in several US cities as well as Toronto and is distributed by Cinema Epoch/ Koch Lorber Video. Paglin has also made several short documentaries, including No Umbrella â€“ Election Day in the City, a street level view of the 2004 election day failures. No Umbrella premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won many awards including the â€œJury Award for Best Shortâ€ at the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, N. Carolina and an â€œAudience Awardâ€ at the Sydney Film Festival. It was acquired by HBO documentary films and aired on Cinemax. Paglin is currently at work on â€œEyes on the Speakerâ€ a full-length verite doc about an unusually strict urban charter school.