Insightful, challenging, bold, and honest are the words I would use to describe the writer/director of the horror short, Small Talk . Nicole Witte Solomon has grown to really love directing. She's written for various print and online publications including the popular AfterEllen and works on videos for social justice organizations. I had been reading about the progression of the development of Small Talk for quite some time before I even had a firm grasp on its premise. I stayed on top of it because it struck me as deeply personal, which made it even more incomparable to what I was used to seeing in horror. And it didn't hurt at all that her main character is a South Asian woman, coupled with an appearance from a popular rapper amongst my peers by the name of Jean Grae , whom I've grown an interest in myself. And needless to say, our discussion about the film just makes me that much more eager to see it!