Filmmaker’s Name and Title:  Lisa Donato, Director, Co-Writer
 
Film Name:  The News Today
 
Length of film:  12:22
 
Genre:  Drama
 
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
The last ordinary moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.
 
What inspired you to make this film?
The Orlando tragedy at Pulse Nightclub inspired me to be part of the conversation around gun violence in U.S. culture. Because this shooting was a deliberate attack on the LGBTQ community, it felt personal. I debated buying a handgun for the first time in my life. I made a film instead.
 
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Amélie, Born Into Brothels, Moonlight
 
What’s your connection to Mississippi?  (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
I have never been to Mississippi and I've been excited to try tamales with gravy.
 
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
All 49 victims from the Orlando shooting are shown in the production design throughout the film. Whether it's a name sewn onto a messenger bag or names on a wine bottle - each name is represented.