John Leguizamo Directs His First Feature: Critical Thinking
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John Leguizamo has been a force in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and still the storytelling freedom of independent filmmaking attracted him to team up with writer Dito Montiel. Facing the challenges of self-funding and financing and working with a low budget, their movie is more than a story to them. It is a part of the mission to represent their culture in the media, and show it in an accurate way. To make an independent film that would give a voice to the true story of the often overlooked, ignored and written-out communities of Miami youth.

With all these pieces in play, they had to become chess masters of filmmaking.

IFG is created by Framework Productions. This episode was directed by James Allerdyce, produced by Matt Mundy, edited by Audrey Rae McHale, and hosted by Steven Pierce. The music is by Glass Boy. Find his music on

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