Film Independent has been weathering many changes, as longtime chief Dawn Hudson is now running the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; after an exhaustive search, the organization finally replaced her with her two lieutenants, Sean McManus and Josh Welsh.
In her early career as a producer and executive at Columbia Pictures, Allain oversaw the making of John Singeton's "Boyz n The Hood," and worked with Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin on their feature debuts. At the end of her time at Columbia, she held the position of Senior Vice President of Production. She has also worked as the president of Jim Henson Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment, and in 2004 founded her own production company, Homegrown Pictures, which produced the movie "Hustle & Flow." Her most recent project is Tina Gordon Chism's directorial debut "We the Peeples."