Cleveland Jewish News

Filmmaker Laura Paglin, who received acclaim for her first film, the locally filmed “Nightowls of Coventry,” has completed a new documentary, “No Umbrella - Election Day in the City.”

The film, which examines the 2004 Election Day failures in one of Ohio’s poorest neighborhoods, will have its world première at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.

In the most hotly contested state in the country, gridlock at inner-city polls ignited tempers and set off charges of conspiracy. “No Umbrella” follows irascible octogenarian councilwoman Fannie Lewis as she takes on polling-place breakdowns, an unresponsive bureaucracy, and an increasingly agitated electorate.

Paglin’s Sundance première follows the North American theatrical release of her debut feature “Nightowls of Coventry” this past September and her recent win at the Heartland Film Festival for best short documentary for “Shadow of the Swan.”