Meet the Film Makers

For 2015 PACE was proud to add to the festival schedule a series of three in-depth workshops with directors. These were film screenings with hour-long director-led workshops following the films. These directors give the audience a detailed look at the process behind the finished product. These screenings were free to the public.


The Film Makers

Robert L. Camina
Meet the Filmmakers Series: Upstairs Inferno w/ Robert L. Camina

n June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans bar. Thirty-two people died in what became the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. For this film, director Robert L. Camina talks to survivors, witnesses and family members, many of whom are discussing the tragedy publicly for the first time.

Camina, best known for Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, a documentary about the 2009 police raid of a Forth Worth gay bar, is bringing his new film, Upstairs Inferno, to this year’s festival. Camina will be the special guest at the NLGLFF Reception and Meet and Greet.

Jillian Armenante
Kittens in a Cage w/ Jillian Armenante

unie gets muscled into prison by her rat-fink friends and turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate as they plot to escape from a power hungry prison matron and an axe-murdering beauty queen.

First-time director Armenante is best known for her prolific work as a character actor of both film and television, most notably in the role of Donna Kozlowski on Judging Amy. Her directorial debut is the prison comedy Kittens in a Cage.

JC Calciano
Meet the Filmmakers Series: Is it Just Me? w/ JC Calciano

socially shunned columnist finds his romantic match online, but messaging under the wrong account causes his sleazy roommate's picture to be forwarded, creating an identity mix-up.

Director and producer of film, music videos and web series, Calciano is back at NLGLFF to screen Is It Just Me? and eCupid, the first two films in his romantic comedy trilogy that includes last year’s NLGLFF film The 10 Year Plan.