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 1970’s, where a seedy all-night deli is the “theatre of battle”. 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 – 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 “Jury Award for Best Short” at the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, N. Carolina and an “Audience Award” at the Sydney Film Festival. It was acquired by HBO documentary films and aired on Cinemax. Paglin is currently at work on “Eyes on the Speaker” a full-length verite doc about an unusually strict urban charter school.