John Sayles is considered an elder statesman of the indie film industry, but the 53-year-old writer-director has no trouble keeping up with the younger generation. His 17th feature, Casa de Los Babys, hits DVD next week, just as he's putting the finishing touches on his next movie, Silver City (due out this fall). Set in a small South American town, Babys revolves around six American women — each of whom are anxiously waiting to adopt a child from the local orphanage. Here, Sayles tells TV Guide Online about wrangling his big casts, making movies in Mexico and the current state of indie film.
TV Guide Online: Like most of your films, Casa de Los Babys features a large ensemble cast. What draws you to this kind of storytelling?John Sayles: Sometimes, it's the only way to examine a complex situation. In Casa, there's the personal situation that each of these mothers is in and then there's the larger social situation that tread more