We had a number of very impressive upcoming studio releases make a splash at SXSW this year but don’t sleep on some of the smaller films that also deserve the opportunity to make an impression well beyond the festival circuit, particularly director Paul Shoulberg‘s Ms. White Light. The movie features one of my favorite performances of the entire festival, Roberta Colindrez as Lex Cordova. Lex works alongside her father running an operation that offers counsel to terminally ill individuals. Lex has a knack for connecting to those who are dying, but can’t seem to do the same with people other than her clients.
I’m rooting for this one big time so it’s a real treat to get to spread the Ms. White Light love through my conversation with Shoulberg, Colindrez and her co-stars, Judith Light, John Ortiz, Carson Meyer and Zachary Spicer. The group swung by the Collider Studio in Austin at SXSW and we discussed the genesis of the idea, the similarities between Lex’s profession in the film and Meyer’s profession in real life as a doula, the importance of the growing film community in Indiana where they filmed Ms. White Light, and so much more. It’s a special group talking about a great film so do catch the full conversation at the top of this article and be sure to keep an eye out for Ms. White Light which will hopefully be made available soon!
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, A-List Communications. At the Supper Suite venue in Austin, libations were flowing courtesy of El Tesoro Tequila, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Hint Water. Without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be able to share conversations about movies like Ms. White Light with all of you, so another big thank you to our partners for their support.
Paul Shoulberg, Zachary Spicer, Carson Meyer, Judith Light, Roberta Colindrez, John Ortiz:
- Shoulberg on what sparked the idea; does this profession really exist?
- The similarities between what Lex does in the film and what Meyer does in real life as a doula.
- Colindrez on joining the project and her first conversations with Shoulberg.
- Ortiz on developing the father-daughter connection with Colindrez.
- Light on going from Sundance to SXSW with Before You Know It and now Ms. White Light.
- Light and Colindrez on New York becoming a TV and film mecca; the rise of the film community in Indiana.
- Spicer on working in Indiana and meeting Shoulberg when he was a student at Indiana University.
- The group shares the part of Ms. White Light that stuck with them most.