Flavio Alves
The Garden Left Behind

Flavio Alves received $20,000 in support of The Garden Left Behind, a feature-length narrative film about a Mexican trans woman struggling to build a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City.

About Flavio Alves

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and to then-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, he has produced over 20 films and directed five, including The Secret Friend (2010), which has been shown in numerous festivals. His most recent completed project, Tom in America (2014), featuring an ensemble cast that includes two Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, premiered at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival and won several awards around the world. Flavio Alves is the founder of Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company, and is in post-production with his first feature film, The Garden Left Behind.

About this grant

Film and Video
Grant Program
New York City Film and Video
New York City

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