Laura Paglin has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager in Portland, Oregon. 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 recently opened theatrically in Toronto and continues to play throughout Canada. Her documentary short, Shadow of the Swan - A Composer's Story, which chronicles the triumphs and travails of a disabled contemporary classical composer Dennis Eberhard, premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival and won a Crystal Heart Award at the 2005 Heartland Film Festival. Her most recent short documentary, No Umbrella - Election Day in the City, is a street level view of the 2004 Election Day debacles. No Umbrella premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival where it simultaneously entertained and enraged audiences. Now Paglin is in production on City on the Brink, a feature documentary about a charismatic black mayor who is fighting to save his troubled city.