Maegan Houang & Grace Kredell at Wesleyan University in 2010 working on Pete Binswanger's senior thesis film “Nice Guys Finish Dead.” (We are dressed up as dead bodies for the dead body pile.)

Maegan Houang & Grace Kredell at Wesleyan University in 2010 working on Pete Binswanger's senior thesis film “Nice Guys Finish Dead.” (We are dressed up as dead bodies for the dead body pile.)

Filmmaker’s Names: Maegan Houang, co-director, co-writer, producer and Grace Kredell, co-director

Film Title: Red Light, Green Light

In 50 words or less, what is this film about?

Two young women are sequestered in an underground bunker, waiting for a window of release. Maggie is desperate to connect to the outside world, whereas Dawn has settled into a grim domesticity. When opportunity for escape presents itself, conflict ensues and their partnership is tested.

Sheltered from unknown threats, the two characters' friendship is tested. The film explores our rituals of survival and codependency; what happens when bonds break, and the lengths we will go to keep things comfortable.

Tell us something funny, or sad, or unusual, or crazy, that happened during the making of this film:

The craziest thing about shooting this film is probably just the sheer number of shots we did per day. We shot the film over two days in the basement and I think we did between 75-80 shots each day. It was really intense, but we got it done!

The film sat unfinished for many years. In some ways, it feels like getting a fortune cookie from the past or a message in a bottle from a younger self. I relate a lot to the characters' hermitage in the film, and I think in my own life the question of should I stay or should I go is still relevant.

What connection do you have to Mississippi? And why did you enter Crossroads Film Festival?

I don't have a connection to Mississippi, and even though I live in Los Angeles now, I grew up in Michigan and think it's important to visit places that aren't just on the coasts. I entered because the festival had great reviews on Film Freeway and excellent programming in the past. We are thrilled to be part of the fest!

As a magical practitioner, I cannot ignore the crossroads. It's where we re-orient ourselves, cast spells, and often choose a new direction. I feel like it's a sign that we started the film's journey here and I'm honored to have this connection.

Anything else you’d like audiences to know?

Our crew was almost entirely female and we are so proud of that given the massive gender disparity within our industry.

Are you a Dawn or a Maggie?